Under bright blue skies on September 29, Gulfstream Aerospace rolled out the first wide-cabin G650 powered by its two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines before a crowd of about 7,000 people at the company’s Savannah, Ga. headquarters. The $64.5 million (2009 $) twinjet–dubbed T1, for test aircraft one–is currently undergoing ground tests and is scheduled to fly by the end of this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace this morning rolled out the first wide-cabin G650 to much fanfare, and a crowd that completely filled the G650 production hangar, at its Savannah, Ga. headquarters. What made the event even more noteworthy is that the $64.5 million (2009 $) twinjet–dubbed T1 for test aircraft one–did so under the power of its own Rolls-Royce BR725 engines.
Rolls-Royce is proceeding with ground tests of the BR725 turbofan destined to power the Gulfstream G650 business jet. The 16,000-pound-thrust engine recently underwent operability, performance and endurance testing in Dahlewitz, Germany. Crosswind tests took place at the Rolls-Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility at NASA’s John Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Rolls-Royce on June 24 received EASA certification for its 16,000-pound-thrust BR725 engine. The launch platform for the new powerplant is the Gulfstream G650, which is expected to fly by year-end. Since first engine run in April last year, the BR725 has completed all major development testing during almost 1,100 running hours and 3,500 engine cycles, according to Rolls-Royce. BR725 serial production is scheduled
Rolls-Royce yesterday received EASA certification for its 16,000-pound-thrust BR725 engine. Similar approval from the FAA is expected soon. The launch platform for the new powerplant is the Gulfstream G650, which is scheduled to fly by year-end. “The BR725 development program has progressed extremely quickly and efficiently with a clear focus on technology and delivering key milestones.
Amid rumors that the new Gulfstream G650 already has attracted more than 500 “letters of interest” and that production of the widebody is sold out through 2021, a company spokesman would confirm only that interest in the new airplane has been “overwhelming.”
UK-based Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace have established a joint venture to study the use of composite materials in fan blades. The engine manufacturer and the aerostructure specialist are investing, on a 51-49 basis, £11 million ($22 million) in
a research and development program. For Rolls-Royce, this could signal a major shift from a well established design choice.
Flight testing of Gulfstream’s GV-SP is back on pace following a schedule interruption caused by last month’s terrorist attacks. The latest ultra-long-range business jet from Gulfstream Aerospace, the GV-SP made its first flight on August 31, four weeks ahead of schedule and well on the way to an expected certification date late next year.
Rolls-Royce and Chinese aerospace representatives have signed a “collaborative agreement” to study a new regional jet application for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engine. An MOU, signed by representatives of Rolls-Royce Deutschland and the China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), involves the potential use of the 14,000 lb- to 17,000-lb-thrust BR710 on China’s proposed ARJ21 regional jet.
Two months after launching the biggest, fastest and priciest Gulfstream ever, top executives for the U.S. business jet maker arrived at EBACE with a growing order book for their new G650 and sky-high optimism about the direction of the company overall.