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Monday, September 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Rotorway Looks at Using Rolls RR300

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Kit helicopter maker Rotorway International is considering using Rolls-Royce’s RR300 turboshaft engine in its products.

The Chandler, Ariz. firm signed a memo of understanding with Rolls at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. to assess applications of the new engine on its helicopter’s. Launched in 2007 as the powerplant for the Robinson Helicopter R66, the RR300 incorporates new technology and advanced design methodology.

"Rotorway has fielded a significant number of well-regarded piston-powered helicopters," said Ken Roberts, president of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, "and we look forward to exploring future civil-certified additions to their product range powered by the RR300."

Rolls won FAA type certification of the RR300 in December and production certification earlier this year; it delivered its first production engine to Robinson in March.

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