The new GE‘s engine testing site in Winnipeg, Canada, simulates runs aircraft engines through icy gales, hail and other extremes of winter weather.
GE opened the $50 million engine testing site in Winnipeg last February. Workers at the location are just finishing the first full season of winter testing. The newest GE jet engines, including engines from the GEnx family, had to endure the human equivalent of running a marathon in Siberia through clouds of freezing water, blinding wind and ice crystals. All this so you can relax on your next winter flight, and to earn an FAA certification.
Spring may have sprung, but the forecast for Winnipeg, Canada, still calls for more ice, and that’s just how Kevin Kanter likes it. Kanter tests GE jet engines and runs them through icy gales, hail and other extremes of winter weather, as required by aviation regulators. “It’s frigid here,” Kanter says. “We get two extra months of winter testing.”