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September 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Retuers

Airbus Conducts Maiden Flight of Hot-Selling A320neo

Airbus predicted more jetliner sales and said it was confident in the performance of a new Pratt & Whitney engine as it prepared the first flight of a revamped version of its best-selling A320 airliner on Thursday. See more

July 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

Interview with Bennett Croswell, President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

Defense News interviewed Bennett Croswell, the man in charge of Pratt's military engine division, at the start of the Farnborough International Airshow, before details of the engine fire were made public. See more

Friday, July 18, 2014
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Forbes

No Pain, No Gain: Pratt & Whitney's F135 Engine Still Looks Like A Winner

The 2014 Farnborough International Airshow probably isn't going to be remembered fondly at Pratt & Whitney, the aircraft-engine unit of industrial powerhouse United Technologies. See more

June 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Leeham News

PW works toward 10% fuel efficiency gain for 2020's GTF

With the Airbus A320neo expected to enter flight testing this fall, equipped with the Pratt & Whitney P1000G Geared TurboFan and the Bombardier CSeries, also with the GTF, already in testing, P&W is already engaged in research to improve fuel efficiency by up to 10% by the middle of the next decade. See more

Friday, June 13, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Trends Suggest Solid Aftermarket Prospects For Pratt & Whitney

Rising fleet utilization, a soon-to-be growing installed base and a bigger share of engines under long-term maintenance agreements has Pratt & Whitney bullish on its aftermarket outlook, UTC CEO Louis Chênevert says. See more

Monday, June 9, 2014
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Hartford Business Journal

Pratt seeks to be commercial engine leader for generations

Now that Pratt & Whitney has come roaring back into the commercial airline engine business with its PurePower series, the East Hartford aerospace manufacturer plans to stay on the leading edge of the industry for decades to come, the firm's new president said. See more

Friday, June 6, 2014
Top Stories

Manufacturing Engineering

3D Printing Builds Up its Manufacturing Resume

The additive manufacturing revolution is in full stride, flying in aircraft and giving manufacturers a robust tool for design and production. See more

Monday, June 2, 2014
Top Stories

Fortune

How United Technologies became a top gun

The ultra-profitable industrial giant has made a bundle outfitting skyscrapers in China. Now it’s shaking up the world of aviation. See more

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Reuters

Pratt attacks costs in ramp-up to make new jet engine

Pratt & Whitney is working to preserve profit margins as it gears up production of a highly efficient new jet engine for planes such as the Airbus A320neo, coming out next year, the company's president said. See more

May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014
Top Stories

CBIA

Pratt Exec: Aerospace Taking Off, Manufacturers Must Get on Board

The nation’s aerospace industry is taking off and Pratt & Whitney wants to make sure that as many Connecticut manufacturers as possible go along for the ride—if they can meet very high standards. See more

Monday, May 26, 2014
Top Stories

Hartford Business Journal

Pratt succession plans rely on engineers, experience

In the five months since Paul Adams took over as president of East Hartford aerospace manufacturer Pratt and Whitney, he said he has encountered exactly zero surprises. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Pratt & Whitney secures more than 5,500 orders for new engine

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, has secured more than 5,500 orders for its closely watched geared turbofan engine for commercial jets, its top executive said on Tuesday. See more

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Pratt & Whitney increases thrust on PurePower geared turbofan

Pratt & Whitney is developing a PurePower geared turbofan engine with a higher thrust of up to 35,000lb, the company announced. See more

Monday, May 5, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Leeham News

CSeries FTV 4 to launch this month with PW GTF testing focus

Bombardier's CSeries flight testing has now passed the 100 flight mark, with three Fight Test Vehicles (FTVs) in the program. See more

April 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Engineering, Top Stories

The Manufacturer

Additive manufacturing is taking hold in aerospace sector

P&W has used this technology to make more than 100,000 parts and prototypes; including casting patterns, tooling, and test rig hardware. More than 2,000 additive manufactured metal prototypes have been made to support developmental engine programs. See more

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Top Stories

Forbes

Discipline And Imagination: How United Technologies Chairman Louis Chênevert Keeps His Powerhouse Humming

UTC has managed to stay on the leading edge of innovation in building and aerospace technologies without abandoning the place where it was born, without oppressing workers, and without cutting corners on matters of vital public concern such as environmental compliance. See more

February 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Top Stories

Reuters

United Technologies to build new Pratt HQ in Connecticut

United Technologies Corp will build a new headquarters for its Pratt & Whitney jet engine division in Connecticut as part of a commitment to keep operations in the state, Governor Dannel Malloy's office said on Wednesday. See more

Monday, February 24, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney, CFM Dispute Heat Claims Ahead of A320neo First Flight

As CFM International and Pratt & Whitney progress toward the entry into service of their competing engines on the Airbus A320neo, the rival powerplant makers are at odds over which engine will deliver the best performance in terms of turbine temperatures. See more

January 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Hartford Business Journal

Brantner kicks into gear as Pratt's top PurePower salesman

Following his promotion last June to Pratt's president of commercial engines, David Brantner, 46, is essentially in charge of putting as many of the East Hartford jet-engine maker's blockbuster geared turbofan engines onto the world's airliners as he can. See more

December 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Top Stories, Special Topics

CBS News

3-D printing catches the eyes of jet engine makers

Three-dimensional printers capable of making engine parts are catching the eyes of jet engine makers like G.E., which say they hope to be producing parts for engines this way by next year. Don Dahler reports. See more

November 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Gizmodo

The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts for Flight, Fight, and Beyond

For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning II, Pratt and Whitney is developing an engine that performs at its best no matter what's required of it. See more

September 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Airbus Sees $4.4 Trillion Commercial Jet Market Over 20 Years

Airbus SAS, the European maker of commercial aircraft, predicted airlines will buy planes valued at $4.4 trillion in the next two decades, driven by demand in India and China and global growth among low-fare airlines. See more

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Canadian Press

Quiet CSeries jet gets a roar of approval

Bombardier's CSeries aircraft completed its maiden flight Monday, in a successful test run of a new narrow-body airplane design that promises to support Canada's aerospace sector while challenging the dominance of the industry's two giants. See more

July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

P&WC Celebrates PT6 Engine's 50-year Anniversary at EAA AirVenture

This year's EAA AirVenture coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic engines ever to power a general aviation aircraft–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop. See more

Friday, July 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

PT6 and the big 'Five Oh'

Pratt & Whitney Canada's evergreen PT6 turbine turns 50 this year. To mark the event Aviation Week & Space Technology focuses on the little engine that spawned entire generations of general aviation, business, military, transport and utility aircraft as well as helicopters. See more

June 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

USA Today

Shhh: Pratt & Whitney pioneers quieter jet engine

A quiet innovation in aviation is expected later this month; Bombardier Aerospace plans to test-fly a new plane with quieter engines from Pratt & Whitney. See more

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Jet engine makers CFM, Pratt battle over performance

Engine makers for next-generation Airbus and Boeing narrow-body jets stepped up their war of words on Sunday, claiming their new power plants will burn less fuel, last longer without maintenance and create less noise than the rival. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Top Stories

Aviation International News

Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan Promises New Engine Dominance

Pratt & Whitney CEO David Hess doesn’t spend time lamenting his company’s decision to forgo a bid for a place on Boeing’s proposed 777X. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Rising Tide in Airline Business Helps Buoy Pratt Canada

As Pratt & Whitney Canada saw revenues from its business jet engine segment suffer through one of the industry's steepest downturns in history, the company's highly diversified product line has allowed it to, as P&WC president John Saabas put it, "ride the wave" of fortune in other sectors and consolidate its leading position in the small engine business. See more

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Air Transport World

Pratt & Whitney starts A320neo engine flight test program

Pratt & Whitney has entered the flight testing program with its PW1100G geared turbofan engine for the Airbus A320neo. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Pratt completes first flight of PW1100G engine

First flight of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G took off on 15 May, exactly as it was planned more than two years ago - and ended only moments ahead of a rain storm that nearly spoiled the inaugural test. See more

May 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Hartford Courant

Shhhh! Pratt Competing To Make Quieter Jet Engines

The latest engine to roll out of Pratt & Whitney just might deliver what the aerospace industry has sought in a commercial jet for more than a century — some peace and quiet. See more

Monday, May 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

NEO Order Status: CFM vs P&W

With the Paris air show less than a month away, we'll be paying close attention to the order books for the main new airframe programs. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Popular Science

Autonomous X-47B Jet Fighter Makes Historic First Launch From An Aircraft Carrier

All that was left on the carrier deck was a cloud of white steam wafting over a flight crew that was visibly bursting with excitement even with faces concealed behind bulky protective headgear, noise suppressing headsets, and darkly tinted goggles. See more

April 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

The Globe and Mail

How loud does a 'whisper jet' sound? It depends.

It's 4:30 on a rainy afternoon near the foot of Bathurst Street, and somewhere up above the drone of turboprop engines is getting louder. See more

Monday, April 22, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Hess Readies Pratt for 'Tough Sledding'

Pratt & Whitney CEO David Hess doesn't spend time lamenting his company's decision to forgo a bid for a place on Boeing's proposed 777X. See more

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Air Transport World

Hawaiian Airlines selects P&W engines for A321neos

Hawaiian Airlines has selected Pratt & Whitney 1000G geared turbofan engines to power its new fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft. See more

March 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Top Stories

Penn State News

Penn State, Pratt & Whitney inaugurate most advanced turbine testing lab in U.S.

Penn State and Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, officially unveiled the Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) facility, the country's most advanced turbine testing laboratory, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 19 at Cato Park. See more

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Pratt & Whitney Readies For A320NEO Engine Flight Tests

The first Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) to be flight tested for the Airbus A320NEO is being prepared for installation on the engine maker's Boeing 747SP testbed in Mirabel, Canada. See more

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Airline Reporter

Bombardier's CSeries Rocks (and Rolls Out)

On Thursday March 7, 2013 Bombardier introduced to the world what it and its customers believe is a game changing line of aircraft, the Bombardier CSeries. See more

Friday, March 1, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

Pentagon says to resume F-35 flights

The Pentagon said on Thursday it would resume flights of its F-35 fighter jets following a week-long precautionary grounding imposed after a crack was found on an engine blade on a test plane in California. See more

February 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

JSF Findings Expected This Week

A preliminary report on the engine malfunction that grounded the entire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet is expected by Friday, according to a program spokeswoman. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Pratt Stays in Market for Biggest Jet Engines

United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit said it remains committed to developing a version of its newest engine for wide-body jets even after opting not to compete on Boeing Co.'s latest 777 model. See more

January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

CNBC

Pratt & Whitney Boosts Presence in Asia

David Hess, president, Pratt & Whitney discusses his firm's expansion plans in Singapore. He also expresses confidence that Boeing will be able to sort through the issues with the Dreamliner. See more

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Top Stories, Commercial Aviation

Flight International

P&W eclipses GE's once-dominant lead in 70-120-seat segment

With its landmark selection by Embraer to power the second-generation E-Jet, Pratt & Whitney has nearly eliminated General Electric's once dominant position as a propulsion supplier in the large regional jet segment. See more

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation Week

Commercial Engine Market Heads Into An Unprecedented Year

Engine manufacturers will be busy in 2013 as testing accelerates on the latest commercial turbofans and work advances on the next generation of military powerplants. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Lexington Institute

Did The Defense Industry's Campaign Against Sequestration Work?

Over the last two weeks, several reporters have asked me why I thought the defense industry's efforts to head off sequestration had not succeeded. See more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Defense News

'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Sets March Sequestration Dates

After Pentagon and industry officials remove the cellophane from their 2013 calendars, they should circle two dates in red: March 1 and March 27. See more

December 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Flying Magazine

Groups Warn Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Aviation

With the clock ticking to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff, aviation leaders are warning that sharp cuts in the federal budget could have a long-lasting ripple effect through the aviation community. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Politico

Cuts looming, no answer in sight for sequestration

The defense industry tried its hardest to energize voters - and Congress hasn't undone sequestration. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Reuters TV

Hundreds of jobs to go if sequester ax falls - Pratt & Whitney's Hess

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney's president David Hess tells Reuters his firm, a unit of UTC, would see substantial job losses if Congress goes over the ''fiscal cliff'', triggering deep defense cuts on January 1. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Defense Industry CEOs on Fiscal Cliff, Security

David Hess, president of United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit speaks about U.S. defense spending, the potential impact of automatic budget cuts on the economy and national security, and the outlook for the industry. See more

November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

U.S. Air Force sticking to plans to buy 1,763 F-35 jets

The U.S. Air Force affirmed on Thursday its plans to buy 1,763 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp in coming years, as Lockheed and the government neared agreement on a multi-billion dollar contract for a fifth batch of planes. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

A320neo 'on track' as milestone approaches

Only a few weeks after MSN6000 rolls off the Airbus A320 final assembly line, the airframer aims to pass a more significant milestone by completing the first re-engined version of the single-aisle type. See more

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Forbes

China's Aviation ABCs: Airbus, Boeing, and COMAC

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, better known as COMAC, announced it had received 50 orders for its C919 passenger jet at the recently concluded Zhuhai air show. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

News Tribune

Boeing likely to win orders, deliveries race this year

With more than 10 months of 2012 now in the rearview mirror, Boeing has opened up a big lead in the order race with its European rival, Airbus. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

China Daily

Civil aviation industry ready to take off

After 10 years of rapid development, China's civil aviation industry is poised to further increase its clout in the world market, according to China's top civil aviation authority. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Defense News

F-35 Training Takes Off

The F-35 training program took a crucial step forward on Friday when Maj. Joseph Scholtz became the first outside pilot to fully complete his training on the Defense Department’s prize jet. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

USAF hopes to complete flying portion of F-35 OUE next week

The US Air Force's first Lockheed Martin F-35A training unit expects to complete the flying portion of the jet's operational utility evaluation (OUE) early next week. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

IN FOCUS: Boeing vs Airbus in China

For Boeing and Airbus, China is a market they both know that they cannot afford to lose, or even loosen their grip on. See more

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Aviation International News

Enter the Dragon: Chinese aerospace deals setting frenetic pace

Between now and 2030, Bombardier estimates that China will need 2,300 business jets, or roughly 20 percent of the current U.S. market. See more

October 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Reuters

GE, United Tech get funds for new engine technologies - Pentagon

General Electric Co and United Technologies Corp on Wednesday won sizable contracts to continue work on a new engine technology development program, the Pentagon said. See more

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Washington Post

Defense contractors report mixed results as they gird for 'fiscal cliff'

The nation's largest defense contractors reported mixed financial results Wednesday as the companies continue to take steps to safeguard against possible federal budget cuts associated with the "fiscal cliff." See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News, Top Stories

Reuters

Budget fears cast shadow over U.S. Army trade show

Continued uncertainty about future U.S. military budgets cast a shadow over this year's big U.S. Army trade show. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Dayton Daily News

Jet engine producers awarded Air Force contracts

Two top military jet engine makers will be paid nearly $700 million by the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate at Wright-Patterson to develop the next generation of advanced fighter aircraft, officials said. See more

Monday, October 1, 2012
Special Topics, Top Stories

National Defense Magazine

The War Over Intellectual Property: Who Owns U.S. Defense Technology?

Pratt & Whitney spent 20 years and a billion dollars developing a geared turbofan engine that burns 16 percent less fuel. See more

September 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Airbus 2050: The details are all in the future

Airbus has, for several years now, been promoting a vision of air travel in 2050. See more

Friday, September 14, 2012
Commercial Aviation, Top Stories

Flight International

Bombardier completes assembly of first CSeries fuselage

Bombardier confirms the final section for the CSeries structural test aircraft will be delivered to the Montreal factory by the end of the month. See more

Saturday, September 1, 2012
Military Aviation, Top Stories

Pensacola News Journal

At Eglin, F-35 fighter shaping the future of the military

Col. Andrew Toth sees a solid 50-year future for his burgeoning training command. See more