GlobalFlyer Sets Third World Record March 17th, 2006
Salina, Kansas -- Steve Fossett has piloted the FJ44-powered GlobalFlyer to a third world record.
The Williams International FJ44-ATW turbofan engine, rated at ~ 2700 lbs of thrust for takeoff, that powered the three around-the-world flights is essentially the same engine design powering more than a thousand business jet aircraft in the US and Europe. It is the world’s only engine with the unique combination of very high thrust at altitude, very light weight, and extremely low fuel consumption that made such flights possible. The Williams-powered GlobalFlyer now holds three of aviation’s seven absolute records: Speed around the world non-stop and non-refueled (342 mph), Distance without landing (25,766 miles), and Distance over a closed circuit (25,320 miles). The design leader and program manager of the aircraft was John Karkow, one of the leading engineers at Scaled Composites.
Gregg Williams said “Williams International has proudly sponsored each of Steve’s three incredible world-record flights because the GlobalFlyer’s unique mission is an ideal showcase for Williams’ engine technology. The mission calls for 80 hours of non-stop flight at altitudes as high as 52,000 ft, so the single engine must combine very high performance and ultra high reliability.”
Steve Fossett said “I appreciate Williams’ support of my flights, but not half as much as I appreciate the flawless performance of their engine.”
Williams International is the world’s leading manufacturer of small turbofan engines. Its FJ44/FJ33 engine family powers all of the light jets on the market today, and most of the very light jets currently being certified. The first member of the Williams civil turbofan family of engines entered production in 1992, and since then Williams has continuously integrated new and improved technology components into the engine to keep its performance well ahead of all new competing engines while retaining the high reliability inherent in derivative engines. More than 2,200 FJ44/FJ33 engines have been produced, and they have accumulated more than two and a half million hours of safe, reliable operation including very low unscheduled removal rates in the fractional and air taxi markets. Williams International’s customer support has been rated number one in the industry by various independent product support surveys for the last eight years. This privately-owned company is headquartered in Commerce Township, Michigan. A second facility in Ogden, Utah, is the most modern and efficient gas turbine design-to-production facility in the world. Williams International celebrated its 50th anniversary and delivery of its 21,000th engine of all types last year.