2007-06-24 - Trent 1000 fliesTrent 1000 flies
Neues Rolls-Royce-Triebwerk in der Luft<br /> Rolls-Royce reported a flawless performance by its Trent 1000 engine during its first flight on the company's Boeing 747 flying test bed. The first phase of the flight test programme for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's launch engine is taking place at Waco, Texas.
Rolls-Royce Chief Test pilot Phill O'Dell said: "We gave the engine a hard time for its first flight, but it did everything we asked. It was very stable and predictable. "Normally at this stage we would have expected to leave the engine at fixed thrust, but we gained confidence so quickly that we used it to manoeuvre the aircraft. We will now move quickly to aggressive operability testing."
The Trent 1000 has completed its altitude test phase at the Arnold Engineering Development Centre (AEDC) in Tullahoma, Tennessee. This has included complete icing compliance, engine operability and in-flight restarts across the flight envelope. The engine has performed excellently throughout altitude testing and the quality of data from the controlled environment at AEDC has met altitude certification requirements.