Category Archives: Pratt & Whitney Canada

What’s That Silver Plane in the Air? Air Canada’s Lockheed 10-A Electra Takes to the Skies to Mark the Airline’s 80th Anniversary

In honor of Air Canada’s 80th anniversary, Air Canada’s Lockheed 10A vintage aircraft are taking to the skies across Canada. After taking off this morning from Vancouver, BC, the L-10A will be making overnight stops as well as fuel stops at airports across Canada and will be on public display at the Royal Aviation Museum in Winnipeg on September 13 and 14. More information is at http://www.royalaviationmuseum.com.

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The R-985 Powered de Havilland Beaver: Arguably the Best Bush Plane Ever Built

With a big, nine-cylinder Pratt & Whitney strapped to the front, this 5,100-pound workhorse boasts a useful load of around 2,000 pounds, and it’s built to operate out of short and rough airstrips.

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The History of the P&W R-1340 Powered T-6 Texan

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan two-place advanced trainer was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. Called the SNJ by the Navy and the Harvard by the British Royal Air Force, the advanced trainer AT-6 was designed as a transition trainer between basic trainers and first-line tactical aircraft. It was redesignated T-6 in 1948.

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The History of And Types of Air Tractor Aircraft Powered by P&W Engines

Air Tractor is a leading manufacturer of purpose-built aircraft for agricultural, firefighting and a variety of utility applications. From North, South and Central America, to Australia, Indonesia, and China to Spain, Italy, Croatia and Africa, Air Tractor aircraft can be found in more than 30 countries around the world and are supported by a global network of Air Tractor dealers.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Produces 100,000th Engine, Including the PT6A: Demonstrates Continued Focus on Driving Innovation

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) celebrated the production of its 100,000th engine this month, as a testament to P&WC’s longevity and leadership in the global aerospace market. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Today, P&WC has 60,000 in-service engines operated by 12,300 customers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Its engine families span across general aviation, regional turboprops, business aviation, civil helicopters and auxiliary power units (APUs), and total an impressive 730 million flight hours logged.

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The company has a rich history of innovation, powered by its world-class employees and P&WC investment in technology. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere on the planet. These flights matter: powering humanitarian missions, emergency medical services, search and rescue, reuniting families, driving commerce, and so much more. Operators around the world bring their P&WC engines back home to P&WC facilities for maintenance and repair to sustain these missions.

P&WC’s success has been built through numerous achievements in all of its 14 engine families:

  • The PT6A engine helped define General Aviation and ushered in a new generation of fast and versatile small aircraft. While PT6A technology has powered 128 different applications since its introduction, its benchmark reliability enabled the PT6A to be the only engine to achieve single-engine IFR status for passenger revenue activity in North America, Australia and now Europe.

  • P&WC has been a leader in the Regional Turboprop segment for more than 30 years and counting with the PW100/150 family of engines.
  • P&WC’s industry-leading families of helicopter engines include the PT6T Twin-Pac®, the PT6B/PT6C, as well as the PW200/PW210.
  • P&WC pioneered the light business jet market with the JT15D engine and then redefined it with the PW500 engine. The PW300 engine, the heart of mid-size and large cabin business aircraft, introduced full authority digital engine control (FADEC) technology on business jet engines, and features low emissions combustor technologies, while the PW600 drove a series of innovative manufacturing changes at P&WC, such as the moving line concept. P&WC’s latest addition to its turbofan engine offering, the PurePower® PW800, brings fundamental change to the large business jet segment, powering the Gulfstream G500 and G600 next-generation long-range and ultra-long range business jets. At the heart of the PW800 is the durable, rigorously tested core technology shared with Pratt & Whitney’s award-winning PurePower Geared Turbofan™ commercial aircraft engines.
  • Introducing a new standard of reliability with its PW901, P&WC’s fleet of auxiliary power units (APUs) equip a variety of commercial aircraft including jets and turboprops flown by regional airlines, and narrow and wide-body aircraft flown by major commercial airlines.

In the coming weeks and months, P&WC will continue to celebrate its 100,000th engine milestone, recognizing all the families of products and many accomplishments that have marked P&WC’s journey.

About Pratt & Whitney Canada

Founded in 1928, P&WC is a global leader in aerospace that is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

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Maintenance Repair & Overhaul: Another Approach To Monitoring PT6A Engine Health?

High-tech sensors and systems may not be the only way to monitor engine health. Pratt & Whitney Canada has embarked on a project called Oil Analysis Technology, applying it first to the PT6A engine. But Program Manager Frederique Richard says the approach may have much wider applications.

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Turbine Conversions selects PT6A-21 engines for Cessna 206 conversion

Turbine Conversions, Ltd. and Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) have signed a long-term contract for the sale of PT6A-21 engines to power the recently announced Cessna 206 turbine conversion. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

Turbine Conversions has been converting aircraft using P&WC engines since 1990, but company president Bill Hatfield first encountered the PT6 engine when he installed a PT6A-34AG engine in his Grumman Ag Cat in 1975.

“I still fly my Grumman Ag Cat, and that PT6A-34AG engine continues to serve me well after more than 40 years,” said Hatfield, one of the most respected and well-known pioneers of the agricultural industry. “The relationships I have built with P&WC employees over the years have likewise endured and helped empower our business and those of our own clients. We are delighted to have struck yet another arrangement with P&WC to power our Cessna 206 conversion.”

“Turbine Conversions has consistently demonstrated its understanding of the factors that drive successful conversion programs,” said Denis Parisien, vice-president, General Aviation, P&WC. “With the 206 turbine conversion program, our PT6A-21 engines will replace piston engines so operators of the converted aircraft will benefit from a considerable increase in power, better hot and high performance and a TBO [time between overhaul] of 3,600 hours. Combined with that is our OEM [original equipment manufacturer] warranty and a global customer support network that is second to none.”

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The PT6A engine boasts powerful performance and unmatched versatility. PT6 technology has powered 125 different applications since its introduction. More than 46,000 PT6 engines have been manufactured, with 23,000 now in service. The engine has logged more than 375 million flight hours.

“Anyone can say they’re the best; we have the numbers to prove it,” said Parisien. “It’s more than an engine. The PT6A engine offers the best of both worlds: Its proven technology is built upon a remarkable body of engineering achievement that has written new chapters in aviation history in collaboration with our customers, and it’s also this technology that continues to make new aircraft applications possible. We’re already moving on to the next innovation.”

The PT6A engine’s flexible architecture and modular reverse-flow design simplify installation in both single- and twin-engine installations as well as tractor and pusher propeller configurations. Simple on-wing maintenance is possible for most tasks, whereas other engines might need a shop visit.

H/T Skies Magazine.

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Pratt & Whitney Developing New Services On Sensor Data And Analytics

Pratt & Whitney Developing New Services On Sensor Data And AnalyticsPassengers are more and more concerned about the collection of flight data and overall safety when they fly. After a series of catastrophic aerial accidents, many of which have taken place in Southeast Asia, the average consumer is demanding ever-higher standards.

In order to achieve a safer future for the aviation world, it will be necessary to develop a whole slew of technologies for recording, transmitting, and maintaining real-time data. However, the true resolution to the problem will take place in the maintenance world. Continue reading Pratt & Whitney Developing New Services On Sensor Data And Analytics

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