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.
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 has introduced a new team of regional customer managers (RCMs) to expand the maintenance and support service available to operators of business aircraft powered by its engines. It announced yesterday that this new support is immediately available on AE3007 and BR710 turbofans.
Rolls-Royce North America has strengthened and reorganized the management of its Corporate Aircraft division. Ian Aitken, who previously had a split role as president of corporate aircraft and executive v-p of airlines for the Americas, will now be focusing entirely on the business aviation sector.
Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last month when a problem was discovered with the engines’ air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. All the engines were being, or had recently been, overhauled by either Rolls-Royce or BizJet International. According to Gulfstream, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.
The recent article in AIN covering the Rolls-Royce and PMA business surrounding the Model 250 engines was nice to read (“Rolls, Extex, Aviall sort out new business basis,” June, page 82), but it’s a shame that the writer did not solicit input from the former Rolls-Royce AMC network. You remember AMCs? We were the guys who, some 20 years ago, did all the work to support the 250 engines in the field.
Rolls-Royce has again peered into its crystal ball and is predicting steady growth in business jet deliveries through the remainder of the decade, it said yesterday here at EBACE. In a longer view, the company forecasts a demand for 39,000 new business jets, ranging from very light jets to bizliners, worth some $715 billion over the next 20 years.
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.
For military operators of Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft, technical assistance is only an e-mail or phone call away–24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the headquarters of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace in Bristol, UK, up to 15 engineers staff a defense operations center that has access to a vast range of data and toolsets on the OEM’s military engines.