GE has begun certification testing for its first ‘Passport’ development engine at its testing facility in Ohio. The engine, which will be used in Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets, began ground testing on June 24 and ran for more than three hours, reaching in excess of 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level take-off thrust. “This first full engine test launches an extensive certification testing programme with more than 4,000 ground hours and 8,000 cycles of testing anticipated by certification," said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation's Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems division. According to the OEM, the engine “surpassed its thrust requirements and performed extremely well”.