Goodrich rolls out new plans for support
Goodrich, which recently announced the addition of electronic engine controls (EEC) repair capability to the range of services at its Dubai MRO centre, says it eventually plans to expand provision from early variants of the Rolls-Royce Trent to cover the entire engine series.
Customers are currently offered a repair service on EECs fitted to the Trent 700 (A330), Trent 800 (Boeing 777) and
Joel Haldemann, vice president Europe,
Of the three additional variants, only one – the Trent 900 on the A380 – is yet in service. The longer-term targets are the
“Obviously, each customer has a choice of MRO centre. Our commitment is to provide the best locally available service. We have a good level of activity and long-term commitment with Emirates on the Rolls fleet,” added Haldemann, who also identified Qatar Airways as a significant customer.
Advances in diagnostics are one of the key reasons for the latest shifts towards EEC repair. “The new generation of test rigs offers more sophisticated methods of defining the cause of failures,” said Haldemann.
Opened in 2007, the 115,000sq ft Goodrich MRO campus is located alongside the
These latest developments further strengthen the existing ties between Goodrich and Rolls-Royce, which include the formation of a joint venture, announced last December, to develop and supply engine controls for Rolls powerplants.
The 50/50 joint venture, officially titled Rolls-Royce Goodrich Engine Control Systems Ltd, is operating under the title of Aero Engine Controls. It combines Goodrich’s existing UK-based engine controls design and manufacturing business with Rolls’ expertise in the integration of controls into the engine. Goodrich will retain the aftermarket and services business associated with the joint venture’s products.
Aero Engine Controls is already involved as an industrial partner in the Rolls-led Environmentally Friendly Engine (EFE) demonstrator programme funded by a combination of