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Sep. 06, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Testing underway on new LEAP jet engine
WEST CHESTER, Ohio – The joint venture between GE Aviation and the French company Snecma has started testing of the first full LEAP jet engine, the company announced Friday.
The LEAP engine is targeted to enter service in 2016, and is designed to power aircraft including the new Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China’s C919 aircraft.
“In the past five years, we have completed thousands of hours of component testing leading up to this day,” Chaker Chahrour, executive vice president of the joint venture CFM International, said in a news release. “Everything we have seen tells us the LEAP engine is going to deliver all we promised, and much more.”
GE Aviation plans to add 50 jobs at its engine assembly plant in Durham to boost capacity for assembly of the new jet engine.
The additional capacity at the Durham plant is part of larger announcement of a $195 million total statewide investment by GE Aviation that would add about 240 jobs at sites in Asheville, Wilmington, in Ashe County as well as Durham. The company currently employs about 1,300 people across the state.

Leadership Triangle to host health care reform panel
DURHAM – Leadership Triangle will present “The Future of Healthcare” panel discussion on Sept. 16 that will cover implications of the new federal health care overhaul.
The event is sponsored by Quintiles, and will be held at the company’s headquarters on Emperor Boulevard in Durham.
Panelists will include Dr. Don Bradley, senior vice president for health care and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; Dr. Victor Dzau, Duke University chancellor for medical affairs and the president and CEO of the Duke University Health System; as well as Dr. Jeffrey Spaeer, chief medical and scientific officer at Quintiles.
To register, go to the website Leadership Triangle is a nonprofit organization established in 1992 to educate and promote regionalism across the separate communities of the Triangle.