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GE opens new engine icing test facility

Published by Steve Coleman on February 01, 2012

GE Canada and StandardAero have officially announced the opening of a new $50 million aircraft engine testing, research and development centre in Winnipeg.

The 122,500 square foot facility at the James A. Richardson International Airport will be a new hub for GE to conduct icing certification testing on its jet engines with room to grow into performance and endurance testing, bird ingestion, ice crystal and mixed phase testing.

"Winnipeg is a great location for our new facility," Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada said in a news release. "Winnipeg's climate is a natural choice for icing certification testing, there is a secure site location, and we have access to StandardAero's skilled workforce who are trained and familiar with GE's engine testing and test cell design."

While the facility opened its doors with 10 employees, the site has the potential to employ 50 over the next five years as operations expand.

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