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.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Garmin is offering a downsized version of its popular G3X Touch designed for tight experimental and light sport panels.
Kids attending EAA AirVenture can join crop duster/air racer/firefighter Dusty Crophopper from Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" for activities on the AOPA campus.
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