Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.'s (P&WC) PW200 turboshaft engine fleet recently flew its 5 millionth hour, further confirming the engine series' leadership position in the global light-twin helicopter markets. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
"This remarkable milestone demonstrates the tremendous success of the PW200 engine family has made over the past two decades," said Richard Dussault, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. "It has become a reference in the light-twin helicopter market, capturing a majority of new deliveries in this segment, especially in law enforcement, emergency medical services and corporate markets."
P&WC introduced the PW200 engine family in the 1990s in response to demands for multi-role rotary flight. Competing in the 500 to 800 shp class, the series leverages the experience of P&WC's legendary PT6 engine family to offer operators unprecedented levels of reliability and economy.
The PW200's modular design and only three major rotating components make it one of the simplest turboshaft engines in its class. Extensive use of new technologies, such as electronic control, advanced materials and coatings, also provides greater power and lower fuel consumption combined with low emissions and high reliability. In addition, electronic control allows for reduced pilot workload, ease of helicopter operation and a safe one-engine inoperative pilot training feature.
"The PW200's ongoing success in the light-twin helicopter segment continues to be driven by superior engine performance, low operating costs and an unparalleled customer support network," Dussault noted. Innovative computer-based maintenance programs have been created to support PW200 customers with state-of-the-art technology while the engine control system provides the most up-to-date operational information.
Source: Pratt & Whitney, A United Technologies Company (NYSE:UTX)
Date: Feb 13, 2012