Dassault unveiled its latest business jet–the Falcon 2000S–today in Geneva on the eve of the EBACE show.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300
Business aviation will still be burning fossil fuels in things that are recognizable as turbine engines 30 years from now. That is the prediction of Richard Dussault, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s vice president of marketing for regional airline and helicopter engines, who spoke with AIN recently at its parent company’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida.
StandardAero Business Aviation has added line services on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300-series engines to its list of maintenance capabilities. The Springfield, Ill. service center is the first StandardAero Business Aviation facility to provide line maintenance on the PW307 and PW308 engines used on the Falcon 2000DX/EX/LX, Falcon 7X and Hawker 4000.
Users of Pratt & Whitney Canada engines can look forward to access to more training locations and online learning tools becoming available to them in the fourth quarter of this year under an agreement signed by the Montreal-based turbine-engine builder and FlightSafety International earlier this year. P&WC announced the agreement at a press conference yesterday here at EBACE.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) effective Aug. 13, 2009, for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305As and PW305Bs installed on, but not limited to, Bombardier Learjet 60s and Hawker 1000s. The AD stems from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has boosted its customer support network in both Germany and Switzerland by appointing two more recognized maintenance facilities. Both Aero-Dienst in Nuremberg, Germany, and Altenrhein Aviation in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are now approved to maintain PT6A, JT15D and PW300 engines.
German business aviation services group Aero-Dienst has increased the size of its fleet to 12 aircraft with the recent addition of a new Bombardier Learjet 45. The Nuremberg-based company splits its business about 50:50 between maintenance and flight operations, and about half of its flying is for emergency medical operations.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s prospects in the business jet and general aviation markets remain bright despite the air of economic uncertainty stemming from the U.S. investment industry crisis, according to senior company officials.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul division has added 16 new engine models to its existing authorizations on Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The additions encompass eight new variants of the PT6A, seven variants of the PW100 and one variant of the PW500.
Pratt & Whitney Canada president Alain Bellemare said at a press conference here yesterday that he was optimistic about the continued growth of the engine business, adding that the firm is in a better position than in past downturns because of P&WC’s wide areas of application. He said he believes that when the market starts picking up, this diversity will be useful for the company.