Rolls-Royce RR300 tops 10,000 flight hours as aftermarket support grows globally

Monday, 13 February 2012

The Rolls-Royce RR300 engine has topped 10,000 hours of flight time in the Robinson R66 helicopter, demonstrating continued engine reliability and performance.

Robinson has 380 firm global orders for the R66, one of the fastest growing fleets of helicopters in the world, and is working with Rolls-Royce to increase the number of combined aircraft and engine Service Centers to meet global demand. There are currently 13 Rolls-Royce Service Centers in North America, Europe, South America, Japan and the Pacific Rim.

Greg Fedele, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President - Helicopters, said: “The RR300 is an excellent technical match for the R66 and we are very pleased with engine performance, including better than anticipated Specific Fuel Consumption. It is a popular engine in a very popular aircraft.”

Kurt Robinson, President of Robinson Helicopters, said, “Robinson is pleased with the positive response to the R66 in the field and believes the R66 with the RR300 engine is proving to be a reliable helicopter with plenty of performance.”

The R66, the only turbine-powered helicopter from Robinson, has achieved FAA certification and is moving toward EASA certification, and Rolls-Royce is working with Robinson to achieve additional global certifications.
The RR300 engine is already in full-rate production, with steady deliveries scheduled in 2012, followed by a ramp-up in engine builds beyond.

  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 500 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 nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues for Rolls-Royce were £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £61.4 billion at 30 June 2011, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries.  Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million 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. 
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

For further information, please contact:

George McLaren
Rolls-Royce - Defense Communications
Tel:+1 317 366-9624 (US)
Email: george.h.mclaren@rolls-royce.com

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