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.
It might surprise some to hear this, but the state of the economy was not on the minds of everyone at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).
When the Cessna Citation X received FAA certification in June 1996, it officially became the fastest business aircraft, with an Mmo of Mach 0.92. Only the Concorde was a faster civil airplane at that time. So when British Airways and Air France announced in April 2003 that they had decided to ground the Concorde for good, the Citation X assumed the mantle of fastest civil aircraft, as well.
EVAS Worldwide recently delivered its first set of prototype cockpit smoke protection units for the new Gulfstream G650 to the Gulfstream factory in Savannah, Georgia. Engineering and design teams are working to ensure that the EVAS systems are ready and integrated for the G650 test, prototype and production conforming aircraft.
Honeywell is closing in on software certification for a host of long-awaited avionics upgrades that are intended to expand the capabilities of many Gulfstream and Dassault business jets.
The aerospace division at General Dynamics, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, “held its own” in the first quarter, parent company chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja said yesterday during an investor conference call. “A noteworthy accomplishment, I think, in light of business market conditions.” As a whole, first-quarter revenues at General Dynamics rose to $18.3 billion, up 18 percent from the same period last year.
Although Gulfstream has joined the rest of the aviation industry in announcing layoffs, the company remains on schedule with new-airplane programs. In February, the first midsize G250 forward, center and aft fuselage sections were joined.
Gulfstream Aerospace last month announced that its large-cabin G650 achieved first flight of a simulated version of the jet on December 15 at the G650 Integration Test Facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga. The ITF includes a full-scale G650 cockpit equipped with avionics, some production hardware and sensors as well as a full-scale cabin mockup with galley.