December 15, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Pratt & Whitney Canada will invest more than $1 billion in research and development over five years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines. Much of the work will focus on reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions, and less noise for all engines in the company’s product line.
"This major investment will enable us to sustain our engineering centers of excellence in Ontario and Quebec and reinforce our position as a leader in the global aerospace industry," said Pratt & Whitney Canada President John Saabas.
Research and development programs include cutting-edge materials such as composites and advanced alloys to lower engine weight, high-efficiency compressor technology to enhance performance and reduce fuel consumption, and improvements to the Talon combustion system to further reduce emissions.
A new facility scheduled for completion in spring 2011 will be used to assemble and test the PurePower PW1524G for the Bombardier CSeries and the PW800 engine family for the next generation of large business jets.
Work has begun on the Global Aerospace Center for Icing and Environmental Research (GLACIER) in Thompson, Manitoba. GLACIER will specialize in ice tests for aerospace engine certification programs.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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