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Rolls-Royce AE 3007A2 engine receives FAA certification

Friday, 30 April 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received type and production certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the AE 3007A2, the latest member in the AE 3007 engine series, which powers Embraer's new large executive jet - the Legacy 650.

FAA certification, received on April 15, provided authorization for the first delivery of two fully certified AE 3007A2 production engines to Embraer the next day.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, Rolls-Royce Chief Operating Officer Corporate & Regional Engines, said: "This is a significant milestone marking the successful completion of a three-year development program that has delivered all technical requirements ahead of schedule. We are looking forward to the AE 3007A2 powering the first Legacy 650 into service later this year."

Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets said: "We're especially pleased with the performance results of the latest Rolls-Royce powerplant for the Legacy 650. The advanced technology capabilities of the AE 3007A2-powered Legacy 650 delivers the requirements customers have come to expect from Embraer."

Four AE 3007A2 engines were enrolled in Embraer's flight test campaign. Engine flight testing was successfully completed over the past nine months, with the engines operating flawlessly and achieving more than 500 flying hours.

The engine has a certificated thrust rating of 9,440 lbf, providing an extended range of up to 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km) and a cruising speed of Mach 0.80 for the Legacy 650. The AE 3007A2 brings to the market superior performance in its thrust class, with a range of thrusts 6 to 12 per cent higher than its predecessor.

The AE 3007A2 is developed, assembled and produced at the Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It has 90 per cent core commonality with the AE engine family - one of the company's most successful powerplants, with over 35 million hours in service.

Production engine orders are already in place for 2010, with aircraft entry into service scheduled for later this year.

  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. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 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.
  4. The AE 3007 engine features a higher flow, more efficient wide-chord fan and updated software that yields higher efficiency and optimises long range cruise fuel consumption. The new wide-chord fan incorporates 38.5 inch compound swept fan blades with a new bypass vane and core vane, using Rolls-Royce state-of-the-art technology.
  5. Built on the rigorous design quality of the AE 3007 engine family, the AE 3007A2-powered Legacy 650 has outstanding performance capability in hot and high destinations, such as Dubai, Toluca, Mexico, and is able to operate at airfields up to 13,800 ft elevation, such as Aspen and Telluride, Colorado, USA and La Paz, Bolivia. It will also be one of the largest executive jets allowed to fly in and out of the Cannes-Mandelieu (France) and London City (UK) airports.
  6. Successful first flight of the 1st AE 3007A2-powered Legacy 650 took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at Embraer’s Flight Test facility in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil. The second Legacy 650 flew on September 24, 2009 in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
  7. Engine maintenance and management support is provided by the industry-leading Rolls-Royce CorporateCare® service solutions offering.
  8. The Rolls-Royce facility in Indianapolis is a six-time recipient of the Embraer Supplier of the Year Award. The facility, the largest Rolls-Royce manufacturing site in North America, employs more than 4,300 employees to design, develop, and manufacture key products supporting the company’s: Corporate and Regional Engines; Defense North America; Helicopters, Energy and Marine businesses. It is also home to Rolls-Royce North American Technologies Inc. (LibertyWorks), the company’s U.S. center of excellence for advanced research and development of next generation technology for U.S. military programs. Over the last 21 years, employees at this site have made major contributions to five projects that have won the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy, highlighting the advanced nature of the work undertaken at this site.
  9. For more information about Embraer Executive Jets, visit: http://www.EmbraerExecutiveJets.com
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