Rolls-Royce BR725 engines power first flight of Gulfstream G650

Monday, 30 November 2009

Two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines powered the successful maiden flight of the Gulfstream G650 at 1:41 p.m. on 25 November, 2009. The flight took place at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, USA. The aircraft reached an altitude of 6,600 feet and a speed of 170 knots.

The G650 will now undergo an intensive flight test programme ahead of entry into service planned for 2012.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, President Rolls-Royce Deutschland and COO Corporate and Regional Engines Rolls-Royce, said, "This is a truly great moment and we are very proud. The combination of the Gulfstream G650 and the BR725 engines has resulted in an exceptional aircraft with exceptional performance. We are fully committed to support the G650 flight test programme and the future success for the aircraft."

The 16,100lbf (71.6 kN) thrust BR725 is the most advanced member of the BR700 engine series. Incorporation of latest technology leads to improved performance, higher efficiency, lower fuel consumption and emissions as well as longer life. This enables the G650 to be capable of travelling 7,000 nautical miles at 0.85 Mach and at a maximum operating speed of 0.925, making it the fastest civil aircraft. The aircraft can climb to an altitude of 51,000 feet, which allows it to avoid traffic and inclement weather.

The BR725 received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for thrust ratings of 16,100lbf (71.6 kN) in June 2009. Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US is imminent.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 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 nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs around 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  4. Sixty per cent of research and development investment and 40 per cent of new product development spending over the past five years has been outside the UK, with particularly strong relationships with the 27 universities worldwide where there are Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres.
  5. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  6. All BR700 series engines are assembled by Rolls-Royce at its Dahlewitz facility in Germany.

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