Rolls-Royce has received awards valued at $16 million for its participation in the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions & Noise (Cleen) technologies program, the company announced today.
Piaggio Aero Industries tapped John Bingham to serve as president and CEO of Piaggio America, as well as a member of Piaggio Aero’s board. Bingham’s career spans the high-end luxury automobile industry, where he served as vice president of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars, and most recently in general aviation as Cirrus Design’s executive vice president. Former Piaggio America president and CEO
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive is stationing an AOG mobile repair vehicle in Southern California to provide engine services. The vehicle will be equipped to perform on-site engine diagnosis and repair, including hot-section inspection of Honeywell APU units and module exchange for Rolls-Royce 250 series engines.
Rolls-Royce 250-series engine services provided by Essential Turbines of Dorval, Quebec, will now also be marketed by M7 Aerospace. Under the terms of the agreement, the company will service 250-series customers in the U.S. and in Central and South America. M7 will also market Essential Turbines’ overhaul services to federal, state and local government customers throughout the U.S.
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.
Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne on Friday made it clear that all design choices for its next Falcon business jet, a super-midsize aircraft codenamed SMS, have been reopened–including the engine. Rolls-Royce had been selected two years ago to supply 10,000-pound-thrust-class RB282s for the new Falcon. It now appears that even such a key decision is being questioned.
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 announced NetJets Middle East, owned and operated by National Air Service, has signed up six Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft for CorporateCare, the company’s engine maintenance and management program. The aircraft are three Tay 611-8-powered Gulfstream GIVs and three Gulfstream G450s powered by Tay 611-8C engines.
Alenia Aeronautica has extended its C-27J “exclusive propulsion system provider” business with Rolls-Royce from 42 AE2100D2 engine/Dowty propeller assemblies under a 2006 contract to a “total guaranteed volume” of 155. The U.S. Armed Forces may extend its requirement from the current 78 aircraft to a potential 145 machines. The C-27J has been ordered by Romania and is in service in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Lithuania.
Rolls-Royce and British Airways are embarking on a study to identify practical alternatives to jet fuel that would make real reductions to aircraft carbon footprints. The companies will initiate a joint tender process, inviting suppliers to offer alternative fuel samples for testing on a Rolls-Royce RB211 from a British Airways Boeing 747.