Rolls-Royce's Pearl 10X Set For 747 Flying Testbed Evaluation

By Guy Norris May 22, 2023
After surpassing target thrust levels on its first test run, Rolls says the first Pearl 10X is now ready to go on its Boeing 747-200 flying testbed.

SAF Testing At The Business End

By Guy Norris May 21, 2023
Engine-makers are accelerating tests of business aircraft engines with 100% sustainable aviation fuel.

Letters From Our Readers, May 22, 2023

May 19, 2023
Readers write about hydrogen fuel cells, F-16 tech, Artemis III spacesuits. Plus: Behind the Scenes at Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan Testbed 80 facility.
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Can Boeing And Suppliers Keep The B-52J Transformation On Track?

By Steve Trimble May 19, 2023
Several upgrades are making the B-52 relevant for the 2030s and beyond, but they require sweeping changes to internal structures and electronics.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Rolls Out The World’s Biggest Commercial Engine

By Guy Norris May 18, 2023
The engine-maker is pinning its hopes on the geared UltraFan as a low-fuel-burn contender for single- and twin-aisle airliners and reengining opportunities.
Air Transport

Rolls-Royce Details Tech Insert Package For A330neo And 787 Engines

By Guy Norris May 17, 2023
A new cooling strategy for the high-pressure turbine is at the heart of the plan to boost Trent 1000 and 7000 durability.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Rolls-Royce Details Trent Durability Fix

By Guy Norris May 15, 2023
Rolls-Royce is now focusing on improving durability and is providing new details of a strategy to double time-on-wing by 2025.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Engine Overhaul Demand Tracking With Expectations, Rolls Says

By Sean Broderick May 11, 2023
Rolls expects to generate 1,200-1,300 civil shop visits—air transport and business aviation—in 2023, compared to 1,044 in 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Details Space Nuclear Test Plans

By Guy Norris Apr 26, 2023
Rolls is leveraging its 60-plus years of submarine reactor work to develop and test components of a micro-reactor nuclear power system for space applications.

Turkish Helicopter Flies With Indigenous Engine

By Tony Osborne Apr 24, 2023
Turkish Aerospace has completed the first flight of its T625 Gokbey twin-engine utility helicopter, which is equipped with an indigenously produced engine.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Releases More Cash For GCAP Development

By Tony Osborne Apr 13, 2023
The £656 million ($822 million) contract was awarded to BAE Systems on April 14.
Budget, Policy & Operations

As Aftermarket Surges, Suppliers Scramble To Keep Pace

By Sean Broderick Apr 07, 2023
As recovery from the pandemic continues, the outlook for MRO is promising despite ongoing supply chain issues.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Delta TechOps’s Chief On Engine Performance, Fleet Changes

By Lee Ann Shay Apr 03, 2023
Delta TechOps chief executive discusses plans for post-pandemic MRO ramp-up.
Aircraft & Propulsion

MRO Memo: Udvar-Hazy's Withering Engine Assessment

By Alex Derber Mar 23, 2023
Manufacturers have not delivered on all their promises about new technology, says lessor.
Aircraft & Propulsion

UK Space Agency Backs Rolls-Royce Lunar Micro-Reactor Research

By Garrett Reim Mar 21, 2023
The UK Space Agency has granted £2.9 million to Rolls-Royce for research into how micro nuclear reactor technology might be used to power a Moon base.

As Operators Rebound, OEMs Refocus On Aftermarket Support

By Sean Broderick Mar 10, 2023
How OEMs are ramping up aftermarket support as air carriers struggle to meet resurgent demand.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Europe Aims To Halve Future Regional Aircraft Emissions

By Graham Warwick Mar 09, 2023
Clean Aviation’s Hybrid-Electric Regional Aircraft thrust is developing technology for a mid-2030s service entry.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Europe Working To Mature Technologies For Next Clean-Sheet Airliners

By Graham Warwick Mar 09, 2023
Europe’s Clean Aviation launches drive to improve next-generation aircraft efficiency 30-50%.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls F130 Dual-Pod Engine Tests Underway For B-52

By Guy Norris Mar 02, 2023
Initial results have been “very positive,” according to the engine maker, which is conducting the work at its test facility at NASA's Stennis Space Center.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Results Improve, But New CEO Says Company Is Underperforming

By Tony Osborne Feb 23, 2023
Rolls-Royce’s new CEO Tufan Erginbilgic has said the company’s results may have improved, but the company as a whole was still underperforming. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Rolls-Royce Sees Engine Shop Visit Uptick In 2022

By James Pozzi Feb 23, 2023
The British engine manufacturer also saw revenue growth in its civil aviation services business.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Air India Order Accelerates Widebody Market Recovery

By Jens Flottau Feb 23, 2023
Big order shows demand for new aircraft continues rising, but Boeing and Airbus struggle to keep pace. Engine reliability issues don’t help.
Air Transport

Huge Aircraft Orders Underline Air India’s Bold New Vision

By Adrian Schofield Feb 23, 2023
New owners look to increase market share and merge group’s airlines.
Airlines & Lessors

GE Launches New F-35 Adaptive Engine Phase

By Guy Norris Feb 16, 2023
GE Aerospace is beginning design work for a production standard version of the XA100 adaptive engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Boeing-Rolls Short-Inlet Flight Tests Show Potential To Cut Big Fan Drag

By Guy Norris Feb 15, 2023
Propulsive efficiency gains could diminish for bigger turbofans unless nacelle drag can be reduced. Flight tests show promise from a short inlet design.
Aircraft & Propulsion