HF120 Rated At 2,095 Pounds Of Thrust
The first GE Honda HF120 engine has successfully started its
initial test run at GE Aviation’s altitude test chamber in
Evendale, Ohio, launching the test phase of the program.
“This is a significant milestone and represents the
transition from the design-definition phase to the test and
certification phase of the HF120,” said Bill Dwyer, president
of GE Honda Aero Engines. “Over the next several weeks, we
will be mapping the engine performance and operability around the
flight envelope while utilizing the full capability of the altitude
“The joint GE and Honda teams in Tokyo, Lynn, Mass. and
Evendale, Ohio have worked for more than two years toward this
milestone and deserve kudos for their extensive
collaboration,” said Masahiko Izumi, executive vice president
of GE Honda Aero Engines.
The HF120 engine has experienced one of the most extensive
engine test programs prior to the official start of FAA
certification testing. To date, GE Honda Aero Engines has built and
tested eight HF120 engine cores and 11 full engine demonstrators.
During testing, the engine exceeded its design goal of 2095 lbs of
Thirteen HF120 development engines and two core builds will take
part in the certification testing at six locations in the U.S. and
Japan. Tests will include fan blade out, crosswind, stress and
endurance testing. GE Honda also plans to test the engine on a
flying testbed before flying on the customer certification
aircraft. By entry into service, the HF120 will have accumulated
more than 15,000 cycles of ground and flight testing.
HF120 engine production will initially begin at GE’s site
in Lynn, Mass. and will later transition to Honda Aero Inc.’s
recently completed engine production and overhaul facility in
Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine succeeds
Honda’s original HF118 prototype engine, which has
accumulated more than 4,000 hours of testing on the ground and
in-flight. GE and Honda redesigned the engine for higher thrust and
new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and
low noise and emissions.