Rolls-Royce BR725 engine receives FAA Type certification

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received type certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its BR725 engine, which powers the world’s fastest civil aircraft, the Gulfstream G650 business jet.

The certification covers a thrust rating of 16,100lbf (71.6 kN) and follows certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in June 2009. FAA certification completes airworthiness approvals by the two major international authorities and is the result of an intensive series of safety, endurance and performance tests.

The G650 flight test programme has been underway since 25 November 2009, with entry into service of the ultra-long-range business jet planned for 2012.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, President, Rolls-Royce Deutschland and Chief Operating Officer Corporate & Regional Engines Rolls-Royce, said: "This year has been full of highlights for the BR725 engine programme. We have obtained EASA certification, seen the engine take the G650 to the air for the first time and now the BR725 has also been certified by the US authority. At our Dahlewitz facility in Germany we have already assembled the first two production engines. I would like to thank both the airworthiness authorities for their professionalism and Gulfstream for its continued support throughout the certification process.”

The BR725 is the most advanced member of the BR700 engine series. Incorporation of latest technology has lead to improved performance, efficiency, fuel consumption, emissions and engine life. The engine enables the G650 to travel 7,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and reach a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, making it the fastest civil aircraft. The aircraft can reach a ceiling of 51,000 feet, which allows it to avoid traffic and inclement weather.

  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 over 38,000 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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