Saturday, April 13, 2024

Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine receives FAA type certification

The Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine has received official certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The pioneering engine will power the all-new business aircraft from Gulfstream Aerospace – Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800.

The engine was developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, to propel the Gulfstream projects to fly ultra-long-range missions nearly as fast as the speed of sound.

The Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine obtained EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification in 2022. Receiving the FAA-type certification brings the aircraft program another step closer towards entry into service and customer deliveries.

During the test program, the engine performed well at operating at sea-level and altitude conditions on both conventional jet fuel and 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Rolls-Royce said the engine also proved its ability to withstand bird strikes, crosswinds, ice, hail, and water ingestion.

Gulfstream’s G700 and G800 feature high-speed, aerodynamic Gulfstream wing design as well as an all-new winglet designed for the two new aircraft. Paired with improvements in aerodynamic design, the Rolls-Royce engine promises increased fuel efficiency, resulting in lower CO2 emission levels.

The G700 can fly 6,650 nautical miles (12,316 km) at Mach 0.90 or 7,750 nm (14,353 km) at Mach 0.85. Its maximum operating speed of Mach 0.935 makes it the fastest aircraft in the Gulfstream fleet.

The G800 can travel 7,000 nm (12,964 km) at Mach 0.90 and 8,000 nm (14,816 km) at Mach 0.85, the longest range in the business aviation industry.

The G700 features the most spacious cabin in the industry, according to the company. In the cabin, both aircraft feature the Gulfstream Cabin Experience with 100% fresh air, the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, whisper-quiet noise levels, and abundant natural light from iconic Gulfstream Panoramic Oval Windows.

“The G700 and G800 are introducing new standards for efficiency and performance in the business aviation industry thanks to the combination of Gulfstream aerodynamics and the Pearl 700’s efficiencies,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream, in an official release. “We are seeing great demand for the technology, cabin comfort, and ultralong-range capabilities the G700 and G800 will provide our customers.”