Pratt & Whitney News in Brief

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches video series for PT6E-67XP tech; New carbon offset service started; Programme launched for PW615F-A engines powering Cessna Mustang jets; GTF engines on A321neo Delta flight: Pratt & Whitney Canada selects H55 as battery tech for hybrid programme

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https://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com/?utm_source=asianaviation&utm_medium=barter&utm_campaign=aavwebsitebannerhomepagemarchPratt & Whitney Canada launches video series for PT6E-67XP technology: Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched a new video series about the PT6E-67XP to help customers fully benefit from the PT6E-67XP engine experience, including digital connectivity, built-in intelligence and powerful diagnostic/prognostic capabilities. “This video series will help customers new to the PT6E-67XP engine take full advantage of its state-of-the-art technology,” said Nicholas Kanellias, Vice President, General Aviation, Pratt & Whitney Canada. Along with the Data Collection Transmission Unit (DCTU) app, that is now available for download on the Apple iOS App Store, these videos are examples of our commitment to meeting customers’ needs with innovative customer service solutions that help optimize management of their engine assets.” The PT6E-67XP engine powers the Pilatus PC-12 NGX aircraft which entered service in 2020. The three videos showcase different aspects of the PT6E-67XP engine user experience enjoyed by Pilatus PC-12 NGX pilot-owners, directors of maintenance and technicians. Now available for download on the Apple iOS App Store, the DCTU app was developed to communicate with DCTU hardware on PT6 E-Series engines using wireless connectivity for the purpose of performing maintenance actions. Primarily used by technicians, the DCTU app makes it easy to view a host of parameters, events, exceedances and faults, retrieve diagnostics data, monitor the engine’s health status, perform live diagnostics and test transmissions or change engine modules using barcode scanning, among other actions.

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches carbon offset service: Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that European fractional owner JetFly has signed up its entire fleet of PT6A and PT6 E-Series engine-powered Pilatus aircraft that are enrolled in the Eagle Service Plan (ESP) maintenance program to the company’s Carbon Offset Service. The service enables operators to contribute to greater environmental sustainability by offsetting the carbon footprint of their aircraft in a simple, cost-effective manner. “JetFly’s decision to register these engines in our Carbon Offset Service underscores the importance of expanding to our general aviation customer base, the largest market segment for the company,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “Our carbon offset service is a transparent, flexible way for customers to offset the carbon footprint of their aircraft. It is now available for all business jets, helicopters, regional and general aviation turboprop aircraft enrolled in an Eagle Service Plan or Fleet Management Program maintenance program.” P&WC’s Carbon Offset Service estimates and compensates the aircraft’s emissions by sourcing high quality carbon offset credits from South Pole, a globally recognized provider of environmentally sustainable solutions.  The Carbon Offset Service supports initiatives that  benefit the environment and local communities by creating economic opportunities, such as clean water access, renewable energy and forest conservation projects.

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches program for PW615F-A engines powering Cessna Mustang jets: Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced it has officially expanded the portfolio of its popular P&WCSMART maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions with the launch of a new offering for its business jet engines. The expansion is part of the company’s ongoing effort to provide flexible, cost-effective solutions for major engine maintenance, which support the full engine lifecycle, with flat-rate overhaul options, overhaul alternatives and more. The new P&WCSMART solution is a flat-rate “zero time since overhaul” (zero-TSO) engine exchange for PW615F-A engines that power Cessna Mustang jets. “This is the first time we have extended our suite of P&WCSMART solutions to customers of our turbofan engines,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “P&WCSMART solutions provide competitive flat rates and capped costs for major engine maintenance, eliminating price variables and uncertainty. The solutions continue to attract new and repeat customers by delivering the best value in the industry using genuine engine-OEM parts and world-class service.” The new P&WCSMART offering enables customers to exchange their existing PW615F-A engine with a freshly overhauled PW615F-A engine for a very attractive price. With this option, customers avoid having to rent an engine and the corresponding removal and installation. This reduces downtime at the shop to just a few days – to install the 0-TSO exchange engine. “We develop our P&WCSMART maintenance solutions through ongoing dialogue with operators,” said Makris. “These solutions allow us to rapidly respond to customers by delivering bottom-line value and options at every stage of the engine lifecycle.” The P&WCSMART portfolio launched in 2014 and, along with its new solution for business jet engines, it has expanded to more than 30 different offerings for PT6A and P&WC-powered helicopters and regional aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney GTF engines power inaugural A321neo flight by Delta: Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and Delta Air Lines celebrated the first revenue flight of the airline’s first Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The event was commemorated with a gate celebration at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, attended by representatives of all three companies, after which the plane departed for San Francisco International Airport. Delta announced the selection of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to power its A321neo fleet in December 2017, with a total of 155 purchase commitments through 2027. “Our GTF-powered A321neo fleet extends our long and successful partnership with Pratt & Whitney,” said Mahendra Nair, senior vice president, fleet and TechOps supply chain. “We’re seeing unprecedented demand for the summer travel season, and we look forward to offering our customers an elevated experience on board our new state-of-the-art aircraft.” Pratt & Whitney powers more than 230 aircraft in Delta’s fleet today including Airbus A220 and A330 aircraft, as well as Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft. The airline’s GTF-powered A220 fleet is the largest in the world, with 55 aircraft. In 2019, Delta TechOps joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network, which supports GTF operators of Airbus A220 and A320neo family aircraft around the world.

Pratt & Whitney Canada selects H55 as battery tech for hybrid program: Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that H55 S.A. has been selected to supply battery systems for P&WC’s regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator program. The development of the battery component designs and associated electrical control systems will also be supported by the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI). “We’re delighted to draw from H55’s technology in the field of aircraft battery systems, and collaborate with NRC and IVI on optimising the design for our hybrid-electric flight demonstrator program,” said Jean Thomassin, executive director new products and services, P&WC. “Hybrid-electric technology holds significant potential to boost the efficiency of next generation aircraft propulsion systems, allowing us to set new standards for sustainability for regional and commuter aircraft.” The participation of H55 follows P&WC’s July 2021 announcement of its plans to demonstrate hybrid-electric propulsion technology, through a CAD$163 million investment, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec.  Working with Raytheon Technologies sister company Collins Aerospace, and De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, P&WC is targeting a 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency and commensurate reduction in CO2 emissions, compared to today’s most advanced turboprop engines for regional aircraft. Collins Aerospace will provide the 1 megawatt electric motor for the hybrid-electric propulsion system. Hybrid-electric propulsion technology is a core element of Pratt & Whitney’s strategy for continually advancing the efficiency of aircraft propulsion systems, in support of the industry-wide goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions for aviation by 2050. The company is also developing technologies to support greater use of cleaner, alternative fuels, including Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) and hydrogen, each of which will benefit from the increased efficiencies enabled by hybrid-electric propulsion systems.

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