Rolls-Royce T56 engine enhancement receives FAA Type Certificate

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

National Harbor, Maryland -- Rolls-Royce has received an FAA Type Certificate for the T56 engine enhancement program, a technology improvement that will significantly reduce fuel consumption, and could save the US Air Force billions of dollars and extend the life of its C-130H transport fleet.

The new type certificate for the T56/501D engine confirms the enhancement program has met or exceeded all FAA requirements for the L-100/382, which is the commercial variant of the C-130 military transport. Rolls-Royce also has completed all requirements to achieve USAF engine qualification for the military C-130, and formal approval remains on schedule for later in the year.

Tom Hartmann, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President, said, "The C-130 engine enhancement program continues to demonstrate success, staying on track to save the US Air Force billions of dollars and extend the life of this key transport fleet. The new FAA type certificate confirms the engine enhancement program is ready to enter service, and we look forward to receiving US Air Force qualification soon."

The C-130 engine enhancement program demonstrated an increase of nearly 10 percent fuel efficiency during flight tests, along with significantly lower turbine temperatures, which will translate into 22 percent reliability improvement. A US Air Force study concluded that C-130 engine enhancement would lead to $2 billion in cost savings and extend the life of its C-130H fleet for decades.

The engine improvement program, known as the T56 Series 3.5, can be installed as part of a conventional engine overhaul, and does not require any aircraft or engine control system modifications. Each C-130 aircraft has four Rolls-Royce T56 engines, with approximately 220 USAF C-130H models eligible for updating, as well as a large fleet of international operators. Other aircraft, including the Lockheed Martin P-3, are also eligible for the engine enhancement.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Underlying revenue was $19.5* billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at $110.7 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested $1.47 billion on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.

*Based on an exchange rate of $1.60

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