Nexcelle Completes the Preliminary Design Review for Its Nacelle to Equip
GE’s Passport Engines on Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 Business Jets
CINCINNATI -- November 20, 2012
The Nexcelle joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and the
Safran group’s Aircelle has completed the Preliminary Design Review for its
nacelle on the GE Passport engine, marking a major milestone with the
integrated propulsion system that will power the Bombardier* Global 7000* and
Global 8000* twin-jet business aircraft.
The successful design review was held at Nexcelle’s Cincinnati, Ohio
headquarters, with its results announced today.
“With this milestone, Nexcelle has demonstrated the capability to execute on
the design and development responsibility for its programs,” said Nexcelle
President Huntley Myrie. “Our teams also are well advanced in preparing the
manufacturing and assembly infrastructure that will handle the Passport engine
Nexcelle’s Passport nacelle incorporates the expertise of its Aircelle and
Middle River Aircraft Systems parent companies, including their capabilities
in composites, acoustic treatment and advanced production techniques.
Main nacelle elements include the inner and outer barrel, manufactured with
composite materials for weight reduction; a fan cowl produced with composites
for both weight reduction and strength; along with a target-type two-door
thrust reverser and fixed aft nozzle, which are built largely with composites
in a design chosen for both performance and weight reduction.
Among the advanced production techniques to be applied by Nexcelle is a
robotic drilling and fastening installation for the nacelle’s inlet assembly
to improve productivity, quality and repeatability. The Passport’s thrust
reverser will be built on a moving assembly line, which applies techniques
similar to those used in the automotive industry for improved production
As part of the production preparations, tooling designs for the Passport
nacelle are now being released by Nexcelle.
Aircelle will produce its Passport nacelle components at the company’s
facilities in France and Morocco; while Middle River Aircraft Systems’
production activity is to include composite parts manufacturing and assembly
in an all-new GE shared facility in the United States, which currently is
taking form in Ellisville, Mississippi.
About Nexcelle (www.nexcelle.com)
Nexcelle is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture
of Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading
suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through
Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the
company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production
and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.
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