FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - July 16, 2006) - Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC), a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, has successfully completed the first run of its new PW617F turbine engine, selected by Embraer to power the Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ).
The PW617F development engine successfully ran at its full takeoff thrust of 1,695 lbs. at P&WC's test facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, on June 29, 2006.
"We're very proud to have achieved first run only a year after beginning development work on the PW617F," said Keyvan Fard, vice president - Regional Airline & Turboshaft Engines, P&WC. "This demonstrates yet again the design robustness of our new PW600 engine family, which offers an optimized combination of value and performance to operators."
The PW617F was chosen by Embraer to power the Phenom 100 in May 2005, and engine design work began in July 2005. The PW617F engine, featuring a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC), is part of the Pratt & Whitney Canada's new PW600 engine family, which offers a step change in performance, cost and durability. Designed with a 50 percent reduction in parts count, the PW617F incorporates the latest technologies while offering optimum value to the operators. Certification of the PW617F is expected in the fourth quarter 2007.
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
Photo of the PW617F engine at Pratt & Whitney Canada's test facilities in Mississauga, Ontario available on P&WC Web site at http://www.pwc.ca/en/0_0/0_0_8/0_0_8_2_1.asp