Two new design organization approvals (DOA) for engine and auxiliary power unit design and repair have been awarded to StandardAero by the EASA and the FAA.
Decades after the last Grumman Goose rolled off the famed manufacturer’s assembly line, the G-21 Goose is nearly ready to come back to life. A company called Antilles Seaplanes, headquartered in Gibsonville, N.C., is resurrecting the Goose and will sell the amphibian as newly manufactured airframes powered by 680-shp (flat-rated) Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops instead of the Goose’s original Pratt & Whitney radial engines.
Pratt & Whitney laid off some 350 U.S.-based salaried employees yesterday in another sign of a projected slump next year in the civil air transport and military aircraft markets. Some 260 people lost their jobs at the company’s main operations in and around East Hartford, Conn. The remaining layoffs affect employees in 12 other states around the country.
Explorer Aircraft of Jasper, Texas, which showed its proof-of-concept aircraft, configured as a 500T with a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-135B, at Oshkosh, is still looking for investment money, according to Don Joseph, president. With the economy picking up and venture capital firms starting to invest in promising businesses, Joseph said he’s seeing increasing interest, but nothing firm yet.
Dean Borgman, president of Sikorsky Aircraft since 1998, has been appointed chairman of the company. Named to succeed him as president is Stephen Finger, who previously served as president of Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business. Both appointments took effect last month.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month launched an e-business supplier portal designed to share information in real time with the Longueuil, Quebec, company’s suppliers.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has added 200 production workers and is opening a new assembly line for the PT6T TwinPac, the engines that power the Bell 212 and 412, at its Saint-Hubert, Quebec plant. The Saint-Hubert facility will also continue to operate as a major overhaul and repair facility.
Bombardier has selected Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine for its proposed 110- to 149-seat C Series airliners in a deal the Canadian manufacturer claims “secures the best technology available.”
The geared turbofan (GTF) is Pratt & Whitney’s “game changing” stake in the future of propulsion for the coming new generation of single-aisle aircraft that will eventually replace the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
Pratt & Whitney Canada will present a two-hour session from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today in Room S331C. This meeting will be a combined PW300 Series maintenance and operations briefing and customer service update. Presenters will include Scott McElvain, manager, service engineering, for the PW305/PW306 engines; Tom Milligan, also service engineering for PW305/ PW306; and David Dalgleish, service engineering for the PW307/PW308.