Pratt & Whitney Canada Delivers First PT6C-67E Production Engine for the Eurocopter EC175 Helicopter
ORLANDO, Fla., Sunday, March 6, 2011
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has delivered its first PT6C-67E production engine for the Eurocopter EC175 helicopter, a medium-size utility helicopter for multi-role civilian and parapublic applications. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"This first production engine marks another milestone in our relationship with Eurocopter," said Richard Dussault, vice president, Marketing, P&WC. "The first flight of the second EC175 prototype helicopter took place last December, and certification of both the engine and helicopter is slated for the second half of 2011. Entry into service is planned for 2012."
P&WC announced the selection of the new-generation PT6 turboshaft engine family. It incorporates all the lessons learned from millions of hours of PT6 field operation and experience, as well as the latest technology, to provide unparalleled durability and reliable performance. It also features the latest technology dual-channel FADEC control system to optimize pilot workload.
"In keeping with P&WC's green-engine philosophy, the PT6C-67E engine has removed materials of concern, such as cadmium and chromium, from the manufacturing and design processes," noted Dussault. "The engine also includes new combustor technologies to provide reliable starting with excellent emissions, especially low NOx levels, and very low smoke levels."
The PT6C-67E engine uses a reverse flow combustor and features a proven high-efficiency compressor and the latest material and hot section design technologies while maintaining an uncooled CT stage. This optimizes reliability, durability, mission performance, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) levels and purchase, operating and maintenance costs.
P&WC Customer Service
P&WC is celebrating the 22nd anniversary of its ESP® plan this year, with more than 1,000 operators and 3,000 engines enjoying the benefits of membership. 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.
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.
We continue to make significant investment in our market-leading PW200 and PT6 turboshaft families of engines. Our outlook remains strong and we continue to direct our 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.
Come see us at Heli-Expo: Booth 421, Orange County Convention Center. Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth (421) to speak with a customer service representative.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. Pratt & Whitney Canada's engines, with more than 500 million hours in the air, are the industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. Pratt & Whitney Canada 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 47,000 engines in service on over 25,000 aircraft operated by some 10,000 operators in 198 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 ever since it launched its Customer First Centre (CFirst) in 2007. CFirst brings together a multidisciplinary and multilingual support team to resolve issues so that customers can return to service quickly. CFirst handles more than 100,000 contacts every year.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), Pratt & Whitney Canada 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.