GE Aviation’s System Deliveries Nearing Completion to Support 787’s First Flight
LE BOURGET, France--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Aviation recently announced several delivery milestones for its Tier 1 support of the Common Core System, High Lift Actuation and Landing Gear System on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The work, which is expected to generate more than $3 billion over the life of the program, is scheduled to support the 787 first flight scheduled for third quarter 2007.
“Boeing’s 787 will be operated by many of the industry’s most innovative aircraft systems”
“Boeing’s 787 will be operated by many of the industry’s most innovative aircraft systems,” said Dr. John Ferrie, President of Systems for GE Aviation. “Our extensive capabilities in electronic and mechanical technologies are being deployed to support aircraft systems integration.''
Common Core System (CCS):
More than 200 Remote Data Concentrators (RDC) have been shipped to Boeing and its suppliers for the CCS, including 45 that will be used on multiple flight test aircraft. Multiple general processing module and software deliveries have also been made to support integration testing and hardware qualification testing and Safety of Flight testing, which began in June.
The CCS is the backbone of the 787’s computers, networks and interfacing electronics and provides the primary computing environment for the Dreamliner. The RDCs are designed to consolidate inputs from the aircraft’s systems and sensors and distribute it via the Avionics Full Duplex Switched Ethernet network. The CCS is being designed, manufactured and tested at Systems’ U.S. locations in Washington and Michigan and at its Cheltenham UK facility.
High Lift System:
There are a total of 444 parts in every 787’s High Lift System. Hardware deliveries for Boeing’s first 787 are complete, with deliveries on the first ten aircraft now in progress. Safety of Flight testing will be completed by the end of August 2007.
The High Lift actuation system comprises all of the elements required to power, actuate and monitor the flap and slat system, which is used to provide additional lift during an aircraft’s take-off and landing and re-positioning of the TE surfaces during operation of the Variable Camber system during flight, to reduce drag. The system is being designed, developed, certified and manufactured at GE’s Systems facility in Wolverhampton UK and a network of key sub-tier suppliers.
Landing Gear System (LGS):
Testing has begun on the 787’s LGS to verify nose wheel steering control and vibration damping. The system includes 65 LRUs and is being designed, tested and manufactured at facilities in Washington and Cheltenham, UK.
This work is performed through the Systems division of GE Aviation, formerly Smiths Aerospace.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation.