Senior Engineers within the commercial aviation industry are the visionaries behind our turbine engine designs. A little about the world they've worked in:

  • IFSD (In-flight Shut Down) rates of <.02 occurrences per 1,000 hours
  • Major maintenance requirements of approximately 7000 flight cycles
  • Engines that cost $12 million to $35 million each
  • Take-off weight (engine only) of 8000 to 10,000 pounds
  • Bill of materials (BOM) for engine of 20,000+ parts
  • Fuel economies of 0.54 to 0.27 aircraft-mile per gallon
  • 777-200LR - 10,700 miles, max speed 560 mph, cruising altitude of 35,000 feet

All this, and much more within one of the most regulated and scrutinized industries on the planet. These are the reasons why we are continually thinking about reliability.

Because all that thinking about reliability could give you a headache, we thought you might enjoy a few 'lighter' stories of things that have been counted on for a long time.



On Duty for over 160 years

Point Pinos Lighthouse was lit in 1855 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and even the lens is original. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse preceded Point Pinos by 8 months, but was replaced in 1909 by the expanding military prison. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.



Lightbulb shining for over 100 years

The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901. It is at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department

Due to its longevity, the bulb has been noted by The Guinness Book of World RecordsRipley's Believe It or Not!, and General Electric.