Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) joined Canadian and Quebec government officials in inaugurating the company’s global flight test operations center yesterday at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. The ceremony marked the launch of the first phase of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Center at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, where the company plans to conduct flight testing of its complete range of engines, including turboprops and turbofans rated at up to 90,000 pounds of thrust. The center houses two Boeing 747SPs converted to flying test beds designed to simulate a complete range of flight conditions and collect record amounts of engine data.
The second phase of the project, already under way and scheduled for completion next spring, involves construction of facilities dedicated to assembly and testing of Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1524G for the Bombardier C Series and the PW800 engine family for the next generation of large business jets.
A 300,000-sq-ft facility, the Mirabel Aerospace Center represents a $360 million investment. P&WC plans to employ some 300 people at the center by 2015.
Consistent with P&WC’s stated commitment to sustainable development, P&WC has equipped the Mirabel Aerospace Center with a wall to absorb and store solar energy as well as an energy-efficient lighting system that maximizes the use of natural light.