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8 e-Military Product News for Aviation Fall 2017 "We approach flight tests in the same way that I approached a combat mission. We go over every tiny detail and make sure we are prepared appro- priately. That is one thing I learned early on before that first combat mission as a wingman in those dire conditions. You have to be very disci- plined in both preparation and execu- tion so that the test is safe, effective and efficient." In order to ensure a successful GE9X flight test campaign, Jon and the Flight Test Operations engineering team have been working diligently for over 18 months designing, reviewing and adapting plans. For flight prepa- ration, they use the 747-400 flight simulator at the NASA Ames Research Center. It's there where the team engages in life-like mission rehearsal and maneuver development. Jon may be piloting the GE9X's first flight, but he is only one piece of an incredible program developing the world's next great engine. From the hardware and systems design teams, to the development assembly and instrumentation teams, to the ground test and evaluation personnel at Peebles, OH, and Evendale, OH, this has truly been a team sport. The team has also been working closely with Boeing's 777x chief test pilot, who will be joining Jon on-board during the flight test along with GE Engineering Test Pilot Eric Achen and Flight Test Engineer Edwin Sharp. Testing will finish up later this year from GE's Flight Test Operations site in Victorville, CA. Jon will then climb into the cockpit of GE's test bed, fire up the GE9X engines and prepare for takeoff. Once in the air, Jon will pilot the plane for its first test. A test that he began preparing for over 20 years ago, when he first took flight into the skies above California in that tiny Piper Cherokee Warrior with his flight instructor. "I am just going to take it all in. It will be like that first time in the air all over again. Through all of the intense focus, I have to make sure I tell myself to stop what I am doing. Take a deep breath. Look around. As a team, we are going to be flying the GE9X for the first time. How cool is that?" It is very cool, Jon. Very cool indeed. F E AT U R E Jon Ohman, GE Aviation chief test pilot, and Eric Achen, GE Aviation engineering test pilot, working GE9X FTB maneuver development at the NASA Ames 747-400 simulator in San Jose, CA. GE AVIATION

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