Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F Engine for Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ Achieves First Flight
OCT 15, 2006 - 09:00 ET
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC), a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, announced that its PW617F engine, selected to power the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet (VLJ), has successfully completed its maiden flight on P&WC's Boeing 720 flying test bed (FTB), marking a significant milestone in its development program.
The four-hour maiden flight achieved 20,000 feet and included a number of tests to assess the engine capabilities. Subsequent flights characterized the engine up to 41,000 feet. "The engine performed flawlessly and exceeded our expectations," said Dan Breitman, vice president - Turbofan Development, P&WC.
Featuring a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC), the PW617F was chosen by Embraer to power the Phenom 100 in May 2005 and engine design work began in July 2005. P&WC's new PW600 engine series offers a step change in performance, cost and durability. Designed with a 50 percent reduction in parts count, the PW600 series incorporates the latest technologies while offering optimum value to operators.
PW617F certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
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