Pratt & Whitney has enlisted IBM to improve the engine fleet management and health “solutions” the engine company offers its customers. Pratt, with IBM’s help, plans to broaden its current engine performance monitoring capabilities.
Pratt & Whitney officials on Sunday afternoon identified the source of the failure of one of the PW1500Gs on the first Bombardier CSeries flight test aircraft as a “seal issue” in the oil system, not the low-pressure turbine, as was previously indicated by Bombardier. However, the officials refused to specify precisely where the oil leak originated or offer detailed information about the expected timing of its so-called fix.
Pratt & Whitney identified the source of the failure of one of the PW1500Gs on the first Bombardier CSeries flight-test aircraft as a “seal issue” in the oil system, not the low-pressure turbine as previously indicated by Bombardier.
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.
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