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Pratt & Whitney Canada to Install Altair Data Transmission Units on Falcon 2000EX and Falcon 7X Business Jets

Oct 15, 2006 - 00:00 AM

ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 15, 2006) - NBAA

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC), a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, has reached an agreement with Dassault Aviation to develop the installation of Altair Avionics' Data Transmission Unit (DTU) on two of Dassault's newest business jets, the Falcon 2000EX, powered by PW308C engines, and the Falcon 7X, powered by PW307A engines.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding with Dassault Aviation, P&WC will supply Altair DTUs for the Falcon 2000EX and Falcon 7X aircraft and will offer the data analysis service as a standard feature under P&WC's Eagle Service Plan (ESP®) pay-by-the-hour maintenance program.

"These units save time and money for operators by eliminating the requirement to manually download key engine performance information using laptop computers or other recording devices," said Doug Thompson, general manager of Altair, a major supplier of aerospace engine electronic monitoring systems and an integral part of P&WC's Service Centre Network. "Since information is transmitted after every flight, operators can also benefit from earlier analysis of the data received. This can ultimately improve aircraft availability."

Jacques Chauvet, VP Customer Service of Dassault Aviation, said the Altair DTU will offer solid benefits to operators of the F2000EX and F7X business jets: "Their maintenance will be more cost-effective and predictable as a result of this advanced system for monitoring engine performance. We are delighted to be able to offer this powerful tool to our operators."

Altair's DTU is a critical component of the on-board engine performance monitoring system that ultimately makes it easier for operators to plan maintenance requirements and predict costs. Aircraft and engine performance data is delivered to a central database using cellular telephone technology, without operator intervention. The DTU works in conjunction with the engine control system to automatically transmit trend monitoring snapshot data, fault codes and other engine information directly to Altair's data analysis centre.

"Our proprietary DTU is a key market differentiator that reinforces P&WC's position as a leader in the aerospace business," said Thompson.

Altair Avionics Corporation (www.altairavionics.aero), headquartered in Norwood, Mass., provides Internet-based data management and analysis services as well as design, manufacture, marketing and support of aircraft and engine electronic monitoring systems for the aviation industry.

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., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.


Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
Pierre Boisseau
514-827-5625 (Cell.)