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Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:53 am

Hello everyone (and Jelle), I have just enlisted.
I am an Engine tester based in Farnborough. My company, Vector aerospace, have been succesfully overhauling, repairing and testing the Rolls Royce Conway engines for the RAF for quite some time now. I have been involved from the start and last year tested the very last overhaul engine, (they are all repairs now). The last few engines are going through the system, producing a supply of spare units for the final months of service. It will be a sad day for us at the testbed when the last engine passes test. It will be a sorry day for our factory in Croydon too, as they will close at the the end of the long lasting contract with the MOD at Christmas this year.
If I can be of any use, I would be happy to respond.

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by Tonkenna » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:46 am

Hi DJ-T

Welcome to the rite and thanks for the work... I have been on the other end and used the engines :D They are certainly sturdy bits of engineering. It will indeed be a sad day when they retire; modern ac just aren't the same!

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:44 pm

Thanks Tonks, we do try and make sure they are all good before they leave us! got an issue with an unruly thermocouple at the moment #-o
As for the modern stuff, well I dont know about that, all our stuff is ancient!

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by petet16 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:25 pm

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by peak45139 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:27 pm

Welcome DJ tester! I work at RR in Derby where I used to work on the testbeds testing Conway 201's from the RAF's Victors in the mid 80's. I'd love to get the chance to see a VC10 Conway run on a testbed, Don't suppose there's any chance of that is there?

John Goodale

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:11 am

peak45139 wrote:Welcome DJ tester! I work at RR in Derby where I used to work on the testbeds testing Conway 201's from the RAF's Victors in the mid 80's. I'd love to get the chance to see a VC10 Conway run on a testbed, Don't suppose there's any chance of that is there?

John Goodale

Hello John,
I have some friends at RR Derby, who work for MDS. They callibrate our test beds as well as Derbys'.
The difficulty with a visit to watch a 301 in action, is that we don't know when the engines are going to arrive until a day or so before they do. Then they might not go straight on. Then of course, as you will no doubt remember, the test might only last a few minutes before we have a problem that may take a couple of days to fix. so unless you want to camp out for a week its unlikely, especially as you are some distance away. never say never though, If the chance comes up....... :wink:

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by Laurieg » Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:08 pm

Hi DJ-T,

I have just finished working on the aircraft at St. Athan on the prop team. I must say that the ECU's that are received from you, via BZN, have been well set up. Most of the work we had to do on the EGRs was setting all up on accels. With the overhaul of the aircraft you would expect some snag to appear but the engines were pretty much spot on.

Spoke to a few of your guys from time to time at Croydon on variuos subjects that the IPT could not answer, always helpful.

Cheers for the assistance.

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by Jelle Hieminga » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:43 pm

Hello D, welcome to the forum! It was good to meet you at Brooklands and I hope you managed to get that Conway sorted out!
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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:25 pm

Thanks Jelle, and no, we didn't sort that one out, It wasn't the thermocouple the harness or the burners, so it came off the bed and went back to base for further inspection. I am sure it will back soon for another go!

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:33 pm

After a brief visit back to the shop, the engine is back for another go! Testing next week.

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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by Jelle Hieminga » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:54 pm

We'll keep our fingers crossed :wink:
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Re: Hello VC10 fans

Post by DJ-Tester » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:20 pm

Another Conway through test today, the re-test back tomorrow! :D

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