United Technologies subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft announced at the American Helicopter Society annual forum earlier this month that it plans to build an experimental helicopter using a coaxial main rotor system that it says will achieve cruise speeds well above that of conventional helicopters. Coaxial helicopters have two counterrotating rotors on the same vertical axis.
Dallas Airmotive is adding Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 hot-section inspection capability to three of its regional turbine centers (RTCs). According to the company, its RTC in Portsmouth, England, will be up and running on the new service by January 1. The Millville, N.J. RTC is anticipated to come on line during next year’s first quarter, with the Phoenix RTC to follow in the second half.
After announcing the launch of its Global Material Solutions (GMS) division in February, engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has been busy making and testing parts for the CFM56-3 engine of its rivals General Electric and Snecma. Pratt & Whitney’s service division already overhauls and repairs CFM56 engines for airline customers and the company created GMS so that it could also offer lower-cost new parts to CFM56 operators.
Recently appointed Pratt & Whitney president Steve Finger is in no doubt about his company’s position in the global marketplace. “The Eagle is everywhere,” he said. “We’re the only engine manufacturer with a complete portfolio spanning civil, military, business and rocket engines along with maintenance, repair and overhaul.” The Eagle refers to the defining symbol of the U.S.’s oldest turbine aircraft engines manufacturer.
Dallas Airmotive has commissioned a new PW300 and PW500 repair and overhaul facility at its Forest Park production center in Dallas. The 13,000-sq-ft facility follows the company’s 2004 appointment by Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as a designated overhaul facility for the engines. Adjacent to the facility is a new test cell, calibrated to P&WC standards and certified by the engine OEM.
“There were times when we could ramp up production on one line merely by shuffling some people around from the others,” said president Paul Schweizer of the eponymous light helicopter manufacturer. “Those days are gone now.”
Paul A. Schweizer, soaring pioneer and the second of three brothers who founded Schweizer Aircraft in the 1930s, died on August 18 at the age of 91 in Elmira, N.Y. Long out of the sailplane business, Schweizer Aircraft has since expanded into airframe subcontracting work and helicopter development and manufacturing but is still family-run.
The Quebec government will provide Montreal-based Pratt & Whitney Canada $250 million in “reimbursable support” for research and development over the next three years. The company said it will use the money for jet engine design, validation and integration, as well as for improving engine performance, reducing weight and lowering customer costs.
Dallas Airmotive is adding component repair capability for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A/T, JT15D and PW300/ PW500 engine series to its Lafayette, La. facility. It already supports numerous offshore operators using the Rolls-Royce 250 engine.
Standard Aero has expanded its range of small gas turbine engine services with a five-year agreement covering PT6 engine work with Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions. The agreement includes material purchase arrangements, component repair services and engine teardown services. Standard Aero has offered a full range of overhaul, repair and component services for the PT6 since 1990.
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