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.
Advocacy and Legislation,
Pilot Safety and Skills
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.