The story of how a 100-year-old prestige motor car company evolved into one of the world’s premier aircraft engine manufacturers is rooted in the weaving together of two fundamental principles–adaptability and commonality.
Pratt & Whitney Canada and the French-Russian Snecma-NPO Saturn joint venture are knocking at the door of the market for regional-jet turbofan engines. The geared-fan PW800 and the more conventional SM146 are not yet fully launched programs, but development is well under way.
Embraer ERJ 145LR, Kansas City, Mo., May 19, 2005–The Safety Board attributed the uncontained engine failure of the American Connection flight in cruise to the fatigue failure of the fan spinner and forward fan retaining ring due to interference between the mating parts as a result of inadequate design by the manufacturer.
Rolls-Royce and Cessna celebrated delivery of the 5,000th Citation here yesterday, a Citation X powered by two 6,442-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007C turbofans. Ian Aitken (right), president of Rolls-Royce Corporate & Regional Aircraft, presented an award to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton at the Rolls-Royce booth.
Rolls-Royce earlier this year was the surprise winner in the competition to power a new super-midsize business twinjet from Dassault with engines producing 10,000 pounds of thrust each. The competition launched a new engine family, referred to internally as RB282, after Rolls-Royce beat out competing designs from Snecma, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney Canada and General Electric.
Rolls-Royce has revealed exclusively to Aviation International News details of an entirely new family of two-shaft engines under development to power business jets and large regional aircraft.
Rolls-Royce is reporting growth of its CorporateCare power-by-the-hour engine maintenance program, saying that it has signed more than 120 contracts this year, already surpassing a record of 103 contracts for all of last year. The engine maker now has more than 520 aircraft enrolled in CorporateCare or other flight-hour agreements, the contracts for which are valued at more than $1 billion.
General Electric has begun studies on a new engine for application on a proposed new 50-seat jet from Embraer. Rolls-Royce AE3007s now power the Brazilian manufacturer’s 50-seat ERJ 145 and 37-seat ERJ 135, the backlogs for which stand at their lowest levels since the late 1990s.
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