EASA certifies Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engine

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The Pearl 700, the exclusive engine for the brand-new Gulfstream Aerospace flagship Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800 business jet aircraft, has received official certification from the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The pioneering engine, which was developed at the Rolls-Royce Centre of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, was custom designed to power two of Gulfstream’s latest products, enabling them to fly ultra-long-range missions at close to the speed of sound.

During the comprehensive test programme, the engine demonstrated exceptional performance operating at sea-level and altitude conditions on both conventional jet fuel and 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). It proved its ability to withstand birdstrike, ice, hail and water ingestion as well as passing the critical fan blade containment test, during which a fan blade is deliberately released at maximum speed.

Testing was conducted at various Rolls-Royce locations in Europe and North America, including Dahlewitz in Germany, Bristol in the UK, Manitoba and Montreal, Canada, the Rolls Royce outdoor jet engine testing facility located at NASA’s John C Stennis Space Centre, Mississippi, U.S.A., as well as the altitude test bed at AEDC (Arnold Engineering Development Center) in Tullahoma, Tennessee, U.S.A.

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