Rolls-Royce foresees a future with zero missed trips due to engine-related issues, as it unveiled its latest intelligent engine – the Pearl 700 – at NBAA.
The engine is purpose-designed for the new Gulfstream 700, and was described by Dirk Geisinger, Rolls-Royce’s director business aviation, as “the most powerful” in the company’s business jet propulsion portfolio.
The Pearl 700 (below) is the latest in the Pearl family, first introduced last year to power Bombardier’s Global 5500 and 6500 aircraft.
The engine combines technologies derived from Rolls-Royce’s Advance2 engine core with a brand-new low-pressure system. But it is the “intelligence” of the engine that Geisinger believes will be a game-changer. The engine vibration health monitoring unit – part of the digital diagnostic system, coupled with artificial intelligence, provides a new level of predictive analysis. This prevents incidents that may ground or delay aircraft.
“Our goal is 100% averted missed trips,” Geisinger says. “For business aviation this is the most important thing."