Engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada (Stand 2009) is here at LABACE to highlight its engine support capabilities, which are primarily handled through the local service center at Sorocaba in the São Paulo region. Established in 1999, the Sorocaba facility is part of the global PWC support network, reporting to the West Virginia overhaul and service center, but is particularly involved in supporting the more than 2,000 PWC engines that are operational in Brazil.
Those engines range from the smaller members of the PT6A turboprop range to turbofans used in large business jets and regional airliners, and the Sorocaba facility has the capability to perform various levels of maintenance on all of them. For any work that the center cannot undertake then it can draw on the wider PWC network.
As part of PWC’s commitment to cost-effective support it has devised a range of umbrella packages that can be tailored to meet a customer’s particular needs. Operators can choose to pay flat monthly fees per flight hour, in turn receiving guaranteed support and ensuring predictable through-life costs. That support includes major repairs and the ability to call on mobile repair teams that can fly in to provide on-wing maintenance where possible. Pratt & Whitney Canada do Brasil also holds 26 engines of varying types at Sorocaba that can be leased to operators so that they can stay flying while their own engines are being serviced or overhauled.