StandardAero has appointed Leo Mendoza as regional sales leader for its Latin American airline and fleet business. Mendoza’s appointment complements the company’s objective to expand its business footprint and overall investment in the Latin American region. Mendoza’s background includes sales management with Pratt & Whitney and, most recently, MTU in Vancouver, Canada, where he led teams of technicians and buyers for a South American state-run air carrier.
SkyWest has signed Pratt & Whitney to manage the support of the PW1217G engines destined to power as many as 200 Mitsubishi MRJ90s, the engine company announced last month. Holding a firm order for 100 of the Japanese regional jets as well as options on another 100, SkyWest has engaged Pratt for a term of up to 16 years starting in 2017, when it expects to take its first MRJ.
In a widely unexpected move, Embraer has switched partnership alliances from GE to Pratt & Whitney with its choice of the Geared Turbofan to power the next generation of E-Jets. The decision, announced last Tuesday, gives Pratt & Whitney its fifth application for the engine line also known as the PurePower PW1000G, and leaves Boeing as the last of the four major Western airframe manufacturers not to have adopted the design.
Robert Kirsch has been named the new director of operations for Kelly Aviation Center. He will be responsible for production operations, master scheduling and logistics, quality, environment, safety and health and engineering for government programs and commercial services. Since 2010, Kirsch served as general manager of operations for Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he oversaw operations, supply chain, continuous improvement and facility maintenance.
If Pratt & Whitney executives felt discouraged by Mitsubishi Aircraft’s recent announcement that it would delay first flight and, likely, certification of the MRJ regional jet by a year-and-a-half, they didn’t show it last week after the airplane’s
National Formosa University (NFU) and Pratt & Whitney signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding that allows NFU students to participate in a curriculum for commercial engine maintenance as well as other professional training at Pratt & Whitney’s customer training center (CTC) in China. During the six-week course NFU students will receive the same instructional and practical training as aircraft maintenance engineers.
Pratt & Whitney is confident that the problems with the STOVL version of the F135 engine powering the F-35B have been solved. At the Paris Air Show last week, Chris Flynn, vice president of fifth-generation programs, said that solutions to the lift-fan clutch engagement, driveshaft expansion and roll-post heating were all in production.
Pratt & Whitney has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Comac, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, for cooperation on leadership training. The programs, conducted by the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center in collaboration with Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky, provide targeted curricula for senior executives, mid-level managers and high-potential employees.
Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of the first PurePower PW1217G engine to test for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the company announced in late March. The engine manufacturer planned to send the engine, rated at 17,000 pounds of thrust, to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility to start testing last month. Pratt & Whitney held the so-called MRJ “last bolt ceremony” at its Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut on March 24.
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