HELI-EXPO 2007, ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 28, 2007) - Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.'s (P&WC) new generation PT6C-67E engine was confirmed today to power the EC175/Z15 medium-sized helicopter, being developed by Eurocopter and Harbin Aviation Industry Group, a subsidiary of China's AVIC II corporation. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"This is a great program for our PT6C-67E engine," says Keyvan Fard, Vice President, Regional Airlines & Helicopter Engines, P&WC. "This engine is now equipped with a dual-channel full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system, which offers reduced pilot workload along with increased dispatch reliability."
The PT6C-67E is the latest derivative of the world-renowned PT6 turboprop/turboshaft family, recognized for its outstanding reliability and durability. Already installed on the Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter and Bell/Agusta Aerospace BA609 Tiltrotor, the PT6C-67 family of engines is helping to redefine the medium helicopter category.
"The PT6C series, rated from 1,600 to 2,000 shp, is designed with the operator in mind," says Fard. "It also offers among the lowest maintenance costs and emission levels in the industry. As is the case with all our engines, it is backed by P&WC's extensive global customer support network, ranked No. 1 for helicopter engine support by the industry for the last seven years."
P&WC's customer support includes over 30 P&WC-owned and designated overhaul facilities, field support representatives strategically located on all major continents, mobile repair teams available around the clock, the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry, a global network for accelerated distribution of parts and a 24-hour customer help desk offering fast and expert support.
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.
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