The GE Catalyst continues to march towards certification, which Mottier termed “the most extensive certification testing program [we’ve] ever [accomplished] for a turboprop.” The engine had completed 1,600 hours of testing, using five test engines, with two to be completed in 2019. The Catalyst features fully integrated prop and power controls (FADEC). FAA now requires eight new tests for this engine class, with Catalyst the first clean-sheet turboprop to come to the business and GA market in the last 50 years. Mottier reported those tests have proven more difficult, including far more stringent tests under icing conditions. “It’s absolutely clear that we meet or exceed all performance metrics for the engine,” said Mottier. The company expects the first flight to take place early in 2020, in partnership with Czech Technical University on a twin-engine testbed, leveraging the company’s production facility in Prague, Czech Republic, but using its FAA ODA (organizational designation authorization). GE Aviation plans to deliver test engines to Textron Aviation after those tests.