Milestone reached as new PW210 engine family prepares to enter into service
HELI-EXPO, DALLAS, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2012) - Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.'s (P&WC) PW200 turboshaft engine fleet recently flew its 5 millionth hour, further confirming the engine series' leadership position in the global light-twin helicopter markets. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"This remarkable milestone demonstrates the tremendous success of the PW200 engine family has made over the past two decades," said Richard Dussault, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. "It has become a reference in the light-twin helicopter market, capturing a majority of new deliveries in this segment, especially in law enforcement, emergency medical services and corporate markets."
P&WC introduced the PW200 engine family in the 1990s in response to demands for multi-role rotary flight. Competing in the 500 to 800 shp class, the series leverages the experience of P&WC's legendary PT6 engine family to offer operators unprecedented levels of reliability and economy.
The PW200's modular design and only three major rotating components make it one of the simplest turboshaft engines in its class. Extensive use of new technologies, such as electronic control, advanced materials and coatings, also provides greater power and lower fuel consumption combined with low emissions and high reliability. In addition, electronic control allows for reduced pilot workload, ease of helicopter operation and a safe one-engine inoperative pilot training feature.
"The PW200's ongoing success in the light-twin helicopter segment continues to be driven by superior engine performance, low operating costs and an unparalleled customer support network," Dussault noted. Innovative computer-based maintenance programs have been created to support PW200 customers with state-of-the-art technology while the engine control system provides the most up-to-date operational information.
In addition to the most advanced engine technology available, Pratt & Whitney Canada brings world-class customer service backed by a worldwide network of more than 100 field support representatives (FSRs), distribution centres in key locations around the world and more than 80 mobile repair technicians; a broad pool of rental and exchange engines; a customized Fleet Management Program (FMP®) and Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP); comprehensive warranty coverage; as well as an extensive Customer Service Network with more than 30 facilities around the world.
PW210: Giving Flight to a New Generation of Aircraft
The new PW210 engine family, scheduled to enter service later this year, has been developed to meet market demand in the 1,000 shp range. The PW210 is shaping a new generation of large single and intermediate-to-medium twin-engine helicopters raising the bar in terms of operating performance in its class. Certified in 2011, the PW210S model will power Sikorsky's new S-76D helicopter. A second model, the PW210A has been selected to power the new AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter in the 4.5 ton class.
P&WC and the Helicopter Industry
Since the 1970s, P&WC has produced more than 12,000 engines for the helicopter market, accumulating more than 43 million flying hours. The company has certified 31 models for more than 25 applications and engines destined for the helicopter industry.
P&WC continues to make significant investments in our market-leading PW200 and PT6 turboshaft families of engines; and also continues to direct R&D investments toward customer-driven initiatives that target outstanding performance and reliability, optimal power-to-weight ratio, fuel burn, operating economics and environmental performance.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with close to 600 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
There are currently more than 49,000 engines in service on more than 28,000 aircraft operated by some 10,200 operators in 200 countries. The most extensive support network in the industry, which includes more than 30 company-owned and designated service facilities, supports this global fleet.
P&WC has been taking front-line services to the next level with its Customer First Centre (CFirst). CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles more than 120,000 contacts every year.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.