For GE and CFM International, GE’s joint company with France’s Snecma (Safran), the Paris Air Show was primarily about selling the latest jet engines like the LEAP, the GEnx, and the GE9X. But that doesn’t mean the company didn’t have other technology around.
GE Aviation, the GE business unit focused on everything connected to flight, makes digital navigation systems, avionics, aircraft components from advanced composite materials, and even power management systems that supply electricity to seat-back entertainment. Take a look:
CFM has been making jet engines for 40 years, including the CF34 (top image), as well as the next-generation LEAP engine with 3D-printed parts and ceramic composites (above). Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
In 1941, GE made the very first American jet engine for the U.S. military, and the company has been powering fighter jets ever since, including this F-16 that flew to Paris from Aviano, Italy. The engine inside is the F-110. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
GE is developing a massive new engine called the GE9X for Boeing’s new 777X wide-body jet. The 11-foot engine will be 10 percent more fuel efficient than the GE90 engine currently used by 777 aircraft. GE Aviation’s Rick Kennedy explains the next-generation technologies that will go inside the engine.
Workers in Hamble, UK, are making the fixed wing trailing edge for the Airbus A350 XWB, “one of the most complex, highly loaded parts of the wing that requires utmost precision and mastery in the assembly process, as well as in the design and stress calculation,” says Mike Bausor, Airbus marketing director for the A350 XWB plane.
The flight deck of the Gulfstream G650 ER. This business jet can travel just under the speed of sound, or 0.925 Mach. The plane is using avionics and a digital aircraft monitoring system from GE Aviation.Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
This submarine-hunting Boeing P-8 Poseidon is powered by a pair of CFM56 engines. The Black Hawk helicopter in the background is also using GE technology, a pair of T700 engines. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
The A10 Thunderbolt II may be called “Warthog,” but the tank-fighting jet has been a workhorse of the U.S. military and National Guard since the 1970s. The plane is powered by a pair of GE’s TF34 engines. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
The GE90 engine powering this China Airlines Boeing 777 is currently the world’s largest and most powerful jet engine. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
This Qatar Airways Airbus A380 is using a quartet of GP7200 engines made by Engine Alliance, a joint-venture between GE and Pratt & Whitney. The core of the GP7200 comes from the GE90. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori
A GEnx engine on a Qatar Airways Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. Image credit: GE Reports/Adam Senatori