Pratt & Whitney Canada is starting its second month of ground runs of the PW610F, the smallest of the company’s new PW600-series engines and the powerplant selected by Eclipse Aviation for its very light jet. On May 4 the engine achieved its rated takeoff thrust of 900 pounds after five hours of ground testing. The engine is scheduled to start flight trials on P&WC’s Boeing 720 flying testbed in August, followed by deliveries of the first prototype engines to Eclipse in early December. The production-conforming Eclipse 500 with the PW610F is scheduled to fly on December 31. P&WC expects the engine to be certified in the first quarter of 2006, and Eclipse plans to begin customer deliveries of the Eclipse 500 shortly thereafter.
Eclipse 500 Engine Preps for First Flight in August
- October 3, 2007, 11:26 AM