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  • Air France Industries' New Engine Test Cell
    Posted by Elyse Moody 9:06 AM on Jun 22, 2011

    Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance broke ground on a 5,000-sq.-meter test cell facility for what it dubs Very Big Engines, or VBE, at Paris-Charles de Gaulle in April. The site still is being excavated, but here's how AFIKLM E&M plans for it to look.

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    [All photos: AFIKLM E&M]

    The test cell, supplied by MDS of Canada, will accommodate GE90-94/115, CFM56-5C and GP7200 engines. But Anne Brachet, senior VP of engine overhaul for the caompany, tells me today that it also will induct future engines -- potentially the Trent XWB and GEnx. The MRO's next move depends on what Air France/KLM decides to do, she says. But undoubtedly, she's planning to do new engines -- both testing and overhaul -- either at Orly, the Constellation site at CDG or in Amsterdam.

    The test cell underway now is designed to high environmental quality certification standards, with 1-meter thick walls for good sound insulation, ergonomic work stations and a rainwater recovery system, AFIKLM E&M says. It has invested nearly 43 million euros in the project.

    The MRO plans for the test cell to process 110 VBE engines per year. It is scheduled to open in April 2012, and Brachet says they should begin inducting production engines in June 2012.

    Tags: pas11, om99

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