Rolls-Royce receives Civil Certifications for turbine engines to support Chinese general aviation market

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Rolls-Royce has received certifications from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for various models of the M250 turboprop and turboshaft engines as well as the RR300 helicopter engine.

Rolls-Royce now has 16 light turboshaft and turboprop engines certified by CAAC for operation in China, as the general aviation market is poised for rapid near-term growth.

Jim Payton, Rolls-Royce, Vice President - Helicopters, North Asia, "We are pleased to receive these new M250 and RR300 certifications as we position our business for this evolving general aviation market. We are discussing our M250 product family with several rotorcraft and fixed wing customers in China as our reputation for designing and manufacturing reliable, proven general aviation engines continues to grow."

He added, "The China market will experience significant growth over the next few years. These CAAC certifications will position our civil and light helicopter products well as we prepare for potential growth opportunities."

The M250 products receiving certifications are four variants of the M250-B17 turboprop engine, including those powering the Extra EA-500; Grob G120-TP; and the GippsAero GA-10 fixed-wing aircraft. On the rotorcraft side, certification was received for a growth variant for the M250-C47B, which incorporates the new Rolls-Royce VIP upgrade kit to improve power and fuel efficiency. The RR300 turboshaft engine also received certification and powers the Robinson R66 and the Scott’s-Bell 47 light helicopters.

Of the more than 30,000 M250 and RR300 engines produced to date, over 16,000 are currently in operation and supported by a world-class network of company owned and independent service centers.

  1. Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy & Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). On 7 March 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. On 16 April 2014, Rolls-Royce and Daimler announced that they have agreed the valuation of Daimler’s 50% equity interest. The transaction is expected to complete within the coming months and is subject to the usual regulatory approvals.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
    • Customer – placing the customer at the heart of our business
    • Concentration – deciding where to grow and where not to
    • Cost – continually looking to increase efficiency
    • Cash – improving financial performance.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

For further information, please contact:

George McLaren
External Communications Manager
Rolls-Royce Defence
Tel: 317 366-9624
Email: george.h.mclaren@rolls-royce.com

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