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Rolls-Royce explores future RR500 Turboprop applications with Mooney Airplane company

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Rolls-Royce announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mooney Airplane Company to discuss future RR500 TP-powered aircraft applications. The announcement came two days after the company officially launched the RR500 TP at EAA AirVenture 2008.

The RR500 TP engine is the fifth new civil engine program launched by Rolls-Royce in 24 months and features multi-fuel capability, an electronic engine monitoring system, extended time between overhauls and smoothness of operation.

Ken Roberts, Rolls-Royce President of the Helicopters business, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Mooney Airplane Company. Mooney is recognized for producing high performance, feature laden aircraft and we think the RR500 TP is ideally suited to the Mooney product range.”

With its robust design and cutting-edge technology that builds upon 190 million hours of small engine flight experience, the 350 to 450 shp RR500 TP is ideally positioned to address the light, fixed-wing general aviation segment. According to the Rolls-Royce ten-year market forecast, 2500 to 3000 of these light aircraft will be delivered annually between 2010 and 2020.

The RR500 TP is a growth version of the RR300, which was launched in 2007 to power the Robinson Helicopter R66, scaled up to deliver increased airflow and power.

  1. Rolls-Royce has served the light turbine general aviation market for over 40 years, producing 30,000 Model 250 engines during that period. Included in that number are 1400 Model 250 turboprops which have accumulated nearly 7 million hours of flight experience.
  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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