Monday, July 30, 2012

787 engine issues

Rolls-Royce and GE engines used in Boeing's 787 have caused some issues for the new aircraft. On Saturday, debris shot from the back of a GEnx engine during a ground test at the Charleston (S.C.) airport. The incident is being investigated. In an earlier incident, All Nippon Airways temporary grounded five 787s due to gearbox corrosion in the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. Rolls-Royce is replacing the gearbox units. (Sources: multiple, including HeraldnetSeattle Times, 07/29/12, Charleston Regional Business Journal, 07/30/12, Wall Street Journal, 07/23/12) Gulf Coast note: Rolls-Royce engines are tested at an outdoor facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.; composite fan platforms and cases for the GEnx are made by GE Aviation in Batesville, Miss. Previous: Aeromexico orders Boeings; Airliner picks GEnx engines; Rolls-Royce wins orders; More orders for Rolls-Royce