Construction begins on major upgrade to GE jet engine testing facility
March 30, 2017
Crews have begun work on General Electric Co’s $26-million Cdn upgrade to its jet engine testing facility in Winnipeg.
The refurbishment of the Test Research and Development Centre (TRDC), located at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport began on March 20. It includes the construction of a larger wind tunnel, thrust frame (where the engine hangs), water tank, instrumentation and electrical upgrades. The enhancements mean the site will soon be capable of testing the latest GE9X engine being used on Boeing’s 777X aircraft currently in development.
StandardAero, which has partnered with GE in operating the site since it opened in 2011, is completing the upgrades while working in consultation with the GE Project team from Cincinnati.