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Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-52 Engine for New King Air B200GT Certified by Transport Canada

May 21, 2007 - 00:00 AM

EBACE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND--(CCNMatthews - May 21, 2007) - Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.'s PT6A-52 engine, selected to power the new Beechcraft King Air B200GT aircraft, has been certified by Transport Canada. Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.

A derivative of the popular PT6 family, the PT6A-52 engine is replacing the PT6A-42 on the latest King Air B200GT twin turboprop model. The PT6A-52 received both type certification and manufacturing approval from Transport Canada in April 2007. FAA certification is expected this quarter.

"The combined strengths of the PT6A-52 and new Beechcraft King Air B200GT builds on the very successful history and long-standing relationship between our two companies," said Claude Lachapelle, Vice President, Business Aviation, P&WC. "With this key certification, we now look forward to beginning the production phase of this program, with the first production engine scheduled to be shipped to Hawker Beechcraft Corporation at the end of June 2007."

The PT6A-52, rated at 1,150 thermal shp and featuring a hydro-mechanical control, will enable the new King Air B200GT to cruise faster, in excess of 300 knots.

"The PT6A has been powering King Air aircraft worldwide for over 40 years," continued Lachapelle. "The King Air was in fact the first application to give our PT6A engine wings to fly!"

Over the last four decades, close to 35,000 PT6A turboprop engines have been delivered, 22,000 of which continue to fly today in corporate, utility and agricultural markets around the world.

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 manufactures 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.

Pratt & Whitney Canada
Pierre Boisseau


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