Rolls-Royce broke ground last month on a $50 million jet engine test facility at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. It is the company’s second test facility on the site and is expected to generate 35 new jobs. It will be used to conduct research, development, crosswind, thrust reverse, cycle and endurance tests on all Rolls-Royce civil aerospace engines.
In the operations center at the Rolls-Royce factory in Bristol, UK, it is well past midnight, but engineers are still manning some of the dozen consoles, standing by to receive queries, consult databases and dispense their technical expertise to operators of the company’s military engines anywhere in the world.
Indianapolis is now home to the third Rolls-Royce global On-Wing Care center to open in the past 18 months. The engine maker’s latest facility in a global network of repair and overhaul service centers, it will serve as Rolls-Royce’s new North American headquarters for the On-Wing Care program. The $1 million On-Wing Care center located at Indianapolis International Airport becomes the sixth Rolls-Royce facility in the Indianapolis area.
Rolls-Royce has opened its new North American headquarters for On-Wing Care at Indianapolis International Airport. The $1 million, 14,000-sq-ft hangar and 11,000-sq-ft-shop provide line maintenance and “hospital level” support for all Rolls-Royce corporate and regional aircraft engines. A company spokesman said the facility can handle more than 100 engines a year.
Rolls-Royce, in its annual 10-year market forecast, sees a market characterized by near-term softness followed by a resumption of growth. Over the period, total helicopter deliveries are predicted to be 15,800, a slight increase on the figure from last year’s forecast.
Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 2940) announced here yesterday that charter and aircraft management provider XOJet has enrolled its entire fleet of 48 Rolls-Royce-powered Cessna Citation X twinjets in the engine manufacturer’s CorporateCare services program.
Russian airframer Irkut wants Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney to bid against each other with Russian partners in the tender to provide a powerplant for the new MS-21 airliner that it expects to launch this summer.
Rolls-Royce last month made the first run of the 16,000-pound-thrust BR725 engine at its facility in Dahlewitz, Germany. The turbofan was selected to power the new Gulfstream G650, which was unveiled in mid-April. Initial flight-test engines will be delivered to Gulfstream later this year, and the G650 is slated to fly in the second half of next year.
Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last Friday when a problem was discovered with the engine’s air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. According to Gulfstream director of customer support Mitch Choquette, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.
The business jet market still faces a delivery trough this year and next, but engine-builder Rolls-Royce foresees a slow upturn in 2005 that should continue at least until 2012.
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