Calspan is proud to be selected as a collaborative partner with GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik on designing and building the XEOS state-of the-art 13 meter engine test cell. The engine test facility will be able to prepare and test the GEnx and future GE9X turbofan engines all under one roof.

“XEOS selected Calspan after an exhaustive selection process as the most innovative, customer focused, and highest value test cell provider in the industry” said Thomas Böttger, CEO of XEOS, the GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik joint venture company, “The project adds much needed test capacity for the GEnx and future GE9X engine programs for our two companies and Calspan has a proven track record of delivering innovative MRO engine test facilities on time and on budget.”

Calspan, through its AeroSystems brand is the prime contractor for the complete turn-key engine test facility including constructing the test chamber, the engine preparation building and technical building and supplying all of the engine test equipment for the facilities. This includes the thrust stand, mechanical packages, aero dynamic turning vanes, inlet flow screen, augmentor tube, the acoustic bar silencers in the inlet and exhaust systems, and data acquisition and control system as well as the engine test adapters.

“Calspan is proud to continue its long term partnerships with GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik with this new XEOS joint venture test cell” commented David Meier, President of Calspan ASE division. “We have delivered many solutions to both companies over our 52 year history and are very excited to be able to continue our relationships and deliver this important project”.

The facility, which is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2021, will be used to test engines for the Boeing 747-8 (GEnx-2B) and the new Boeing 777X (GE9X).

Calspan is now the world’s number one supplier of ground-based testing solutions and expertise for the aerospace industry. Our customers get a single, experienced partner to help them efficiently validate engine and airframe performance across development, production and maintenance, repair and overhaul.

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Construction will Begin in Summer 2019 on the XEOS 13 Meter Engine Test Facility


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