Rolls-Royce Model 250 Turboprop to power new executive transport aircraft

Sunday, 27 July 2008

The Turbine 340, a new Rolls-Royce Model 250-powered executive transport aircraft, was unveiled today by O&N Aircraft Modifications, Inc. at the Rolls-Royce exhibit at EAA AirVenture.

The aircraft is a twin-engine Cessna 340 converted from its AvGas piston engine configuration to incorporate Model 250 B-17 series turboprops. The Turbine 340 made its successful first flight in early July and will begin extensive flight testing next month to complete its FAA Supplemental Type Certification.

Diane Olson, O&N President, said: “The launch of this executive transport aircraft opens up a new market for O&N, providing a comfortable, cabin-class aircraft capable of flying into and out of very small airports.

“Drawing upon all the advantages of turbine power, the Turbine 340 is the ideal choice for individuals and companies requiring twin-engine operations and looking for a reliable, competitively-priced choice.”

Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “The introduction of the Turbine 340 builds upon a successful relationship with O&N which began with the Model 250 turboprop-powered Silver Eagle P210. Fourteen years later, O&N is soon to celebrate the 100th delivery of this very popular, single-engine aircraft.

“Rolls-Royce looks forward to similar success on the Turbine 340 aircraft, tailoring our Model 250 turboprop to suit the unique needs of our customer.”

The Model 250 engines for the Turbine 340 will be assembled and tested on a newly-commissioned small engine assembly line at the Rolls-Royce facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Rolls-Royce has served the light turbine general aviation market for over 40 years, producing 30,000 Model 250 engines, including 1400 Model 250 turboprops that have accumulated nearly seven million hours of flight experience.

The Turbine 340 can be seen at display area #274 near the Rolls-Royce exhibit.

  1. Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft and turboprop engine families available in the world, with a power range stretching from 300 shp to more than 6,000 shp. Rolls-Royce turboshaft and turboprop engines provide power in the 300 shp to more than 6,000 shp range, powering over 200 aircraft to date including the O&N Silver Eagle P210, AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300, Lockheed Martin C-130J, Saab 2000 and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. This creates a broad base of market opportunities for both rotary and fixed-winged aircraft.
  2. Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets, civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  3. It continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products. These investments create high barriers to entry.
  4. The success of its products is demonstrated by rapid and substantial gains in market share. The company now has a total of 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide and they generate a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.

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