Next-Gen Airbus jet cleared for takeoff by European and U.S. Regulators
NATIONAL — Airbus opened a new chapter in passenger travel recently when European and American regulators issued a key certification to its next-generation Airbus A320neo plane powered by a pair of advanced LEAP-1A jet engines.
The ruling, called type certification, from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) essentially clears the runway for the delivery of the first A320neo equipped with the LEAP engine to an airline customer in the middle of 2016.
The LEAP is the first jet engine that includes fuel nozzles 3D-printed from a superalloy, carbon-composite fan blades woven from the ground up, parts from light- and heat-resistant supermaterial called ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) and a unique debris rejection system.
Source: Read more of the story at GE Reports by Tomas Kellner.