With hundreds of GE and CFM International jet engines being delivered to Chinese airlines and cargo companies, GE Aviation is training a growing number of technicians from Chinese operators of these expanding fleets.
In 2008 alone, GE and CFM will deliver more than 200 jet engines to 13 China-based airlines and cargo operators. Also this year, more than 500 flight-line mechanics and propulsion engineers from almost 20 Chinese operators will be trained on GE’s CF34, GE90, CF6, and GEnx engines, as well as CFM’s highly popular CFM56 engines.
Training occurs at GE’s Customer Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center (AEMTC) in Guanghan, China, which is supported by GE and Snecma training departments. (GE, CFM, Snecma, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and China’s Civil Aviation Supply Company jointly created AEMTC.)
Chinese airline technicians are being trained in flight-line engine maintenance, engine removal and installation, and engine borescope procedures. For example, Chinese airlines routinely send a dozen or more technicians at a time to spend at least two weeks at GE’s CTEC operation.