Pratt & Whitney Assembles First PurePower PW1524G Engine for Bombardier CSeries
Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly of its first PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier C Series. The company held a so-called "last bolt" ceremony today at its Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut to commemorate the milestone. Pratt plans to deliver the engine to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility later this month to start testing. "Completion of the first PW1524G engine for testing is an important milestone for the C Series aircraft program," said Benjamin Boehm, Bombardier's vice president of commercial aircraft programs. "We have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney engineers over the past two years to optimize engine performance as we integrated this powerplant into our airplane design. We are very pleased with the progress of the engine program to date and that Pratt & Whitney has completed first engine assembly on time." Pratt & Whitney plans to run a total of eight PW1500G test engines over the next 24 months. It expects to gain engine certification in 2012, the same year Bombardier plans first flight for the C Series. Schedules call for entry into service in 2013. Bombardier has sold C Series aircraft to German flag carrier Deutsche Lufthansa, Lease Corporation International and Indianapolis-based Republic Airways. Pratt & Whitney recently finished a 260-hour core testing regime for the PurePower engine. It has also performed critical module-level testing, including fan drive gear system trials with simulations of more than 60,000 takeoffs and landings. Finally, it has completed hundreds of hours of testing on the low and high-pressure compressor, both of which met or exceeded efficiency and operability goals, according to the company.