The U.S. military cleared the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to return to flight on Thursday, ending a week-long cautionary grounding that was ordered after an engine inspection revealed a cracked turbine blade on an F-35A test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney broke ground on a new engine-part production plant at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore on Thursday.
Pratt & Whitney has finished assembling the first PurePower PW1100G-JM turbofan for the Airbus A320neo, the engine manufacturer announced today. Company leaders from Pratt & Whitney, Airbus and program partners MTU and JAEC joined employees on Friday morning to celebrate the program
International Aero Engines (IAE) announced new business and confirmed changes to its management structure on Monday at the Farnborough Airshow, following the departure of Rolls-Royce from the consortium.
Production of Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engines that power Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter is set to peak this year at 50 units before flattening out in the coming years as the U.S. defers deliveries of the new aircraft.
A looming pilot shortage, stubbornly high fuel prices, industry consolidation and new regulations that will require, among other items, first officers to carry an Air Transport Pilots certificate by August 2013 all made their mark on the 37th annual Regional Airline Association convention, held May 21 to 24 in Minneapolis.
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.
Korean Air has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW4170 Advantage70 engine to power five new Airbus A330-200s. Valued at some $200 million, the firm deal covers 10 engines.
Pratt & Whitney offers the Advantage70 as both a new engine and as an upgrade kit for existing PW4168 engines. The upgrade includes a suite of technology enhancements Pratt & Whitney can incorporate during engine overhauls, and promises a 2-percent thrust increase, more than 1-percent reduction in fuel burn, increased durability and lower maintenance costs.
Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut announced here yesterday that its MS-21 family of short- and medium-range twin-engine passenger jets (MS-21-200, -300 and -400) has now recorded orders for 235 airplanes.
The announcement of the new joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney was hardly a statement of marriage, but the vows made by the two aero-engine giants on October 12 nevertheless marked the securing of their long-term future in the huge market for mid-sized aero-engines up to 2030.