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Pratt & Whitney Canada Celebrates 100,000 Engines Built
Canadian OEM presents forum today for homebuilders looking for turboprop power
By James Wynbrandt
July 27, 2017 - Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC in booths 2132-2136 and 2161) is celebrating the production of its 100,000th engine, a milestone reached in April. Almost half — 47,000 — have been PT6A variants, which have propelled turboprops including the King Air line, Pilatus PC-12, Daher TBM models, Cessna Caravans, Piaggio P.180s and many other platforms that define and have propelled modern aviation.
“There is no doubt the support of the general aviation segment has been instrumental in reaching this milestone," said Nicholas Kanellias, P&WC vice president of general aviation programs. To honor the occasion, here at the fly-in P&WC is recognizing OEMs that have helped the company achieve its sales mark, co-sponsoring the daily air shows, and offering surprises to followers of its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Company representatives will present Friday, July 28, at 10 a.m. on Forum Stage 3, “An Introduction to the PT6A Engine,” for homebuilders eager to know what the turboprop engine can deliver to experimental aircraft.
The company also announced here that Oregon-based Evolution Aircraft has selected the PT6A-140A engine, the latest in the PT6A family, to power the new EVOT-850 four-seat kit aircraft. In addition, P&WC recently announced it is developing an integrated electronic engine and propeller control and a true 2,000 shp thermal engine tailored to business aviation’s needs. The control will reduce pilot workload, simplify installation, and use only one lever per engine instead of the traditional three, according to the company. Kanellias said, “The message from the show is, we’re not standing still. We keep investing, and as we go into the next couple of years, customers will recognize this is the space we’re focused on.”