PurePower PW1100G-JM Last Bolt Ceremony: Jim Dunn

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Friday, October 26, 2012

Jim Dunn, director, Systems Engineering & Validation, Pratt & Whitney, spoke at the PurePower PW1100G-JM Last Bolt Ceremony.

Full text remarks:

Thank you, Graham, for that introduction. I'm not gonna make any jokes about the weather. Everybody's already done that, but I would like to thank Greg for his gracious comments on whether or not we had the ceremony on the assembly floor versus out in the test stand. Those of you who know Greg can appreciate that we had some pretty passionate conversations about that subject, okay, so I appreciate the fact that we're warm, dry, and on this assembly floor versus being out at the test stand.

But anyway, let me get started with this last segment. Thanks very much to our many customers and all our Pratt & Whitney and other partner team members for being here today to celebrate the turning of the ceremonial last bolt for this fine engine. This last year's been pretty exciting for the entire team. We've been heavy into development on the CSeries and the MRJ engines, and those engine programs have developed over 3,700 hours and over 11,000 cycles of engine testing in the last couple years. This engine, the PW1100G-JM engine, is rated at 33,000 pounds of thrust. It's the third variant of the NGPF PurePower engine family to complete assembly.

In a few short weeks, we do expect this engine to begin testing right here in West Palm Beach and we're looking forward to seeing similar results of testing with this engine as we've seen with the other NGPF engines that we've been testing. Over the next 22 months, we'll be testing an additional 8 engines down here in Florida and in East Hartford, Conn., Canada, and our other test facilities. So the journey's not over. We have a lot of work left in front of us. It's gonna be challenging, but I'm confident that with the talented workforce that we have down here and in the other locations for Pratt and with our partners, that we'll overcome all of the challenges that we encounter along the way. So, I'm honored to be here today. I'm honored to be working with everybody on this program, and I look forward to continuing the proud Pratt & Whitney legacy and continuing to develop the history of our fine company as we go forward.

So without any more delay, let's start the last bolt ceremony. I'd like to invite our special guest, Klaus Roewe, back up to the stage here if I could and I'd like to include the representatives from MTU and JAEC as well as lead mechanics and our lead test engineers for the engine go by the engine. So I'm gonna call each person up to the stage and get them going here. Our first person who will turn the ceremonial first … last bolt on the engine is Dave Canzano who is our first shift lead mechanic. Following Dave will be Klaus Roewe from Airbus. Next, we have Tony Binder from MTU, followed by Kuwabara-san from JAEC. Next up is our lead test engineer on this first engine, Michael Hill. Next is our lead process engineer, Ken Lamb. Easy there big guy. Next up is our second shift lead test mechanic, John Duarte. John will make sure that we apply the proper torque to the bolt. Congratulations to the team.