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.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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