Orlando, FL: Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Enstrom Helicopters to discuss future applications of the new RR300 engine family.
The RR300 turbine engine represents a major step forward in the helicopter industry by providing 300 shaft-horsepower at takeoff, excellent hot and high performance and outstanding value. The RR300 family makes Rolls-Royce turbine power available in the lower shp range.
FAA type certification for the RR300 is expected by 2008, with production engines to follow.
Rolls-Royce is the world-leading producer of light turbine engines in the helicopter market. The Model 250 line has produced nearly 30,000 engines, with approximately 16,000 currently in service worldwide in a range of aircraft styles. Rolls-Royce delivers more than 300 of the venerable Model 250 engines annually.
The Enstrom 480B helicopter is powered by the Model 250 engine and this cost-effective, high-value aircraft has attracted customers worldwide.
The RR300 embodies new technology and advanced design methodology. The engine draws on the proven record of other Rolls-Royce turbine engines to deliver a powerful, dependable engine at a competitive price.
Key attributes of the RR300 family include: lower acquisition and operating costs; low-weight, compact design; improved specific fuel consumption; an embedded engine monitoring system; and an optional, through-life, peace-of-mind maintenance program.
Scott Crislip, President Helicopters & Small Gas Turbine Engines for Rolls-Royce, said, “The future of the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine family is very bright, with hundreds of orders in place and other negotiations under way. We are very pleased to be discussing future applications with Enstrom, a valued customer.”