Amelia Rose Earhardt, the pilot who earlier this month completed her namesake’s failed around the world attempt, will be a special guest of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Sponsored by P&WC, the present-day Earhardt flew a Pilatus PC-12NG turboprop, powered by the manufacturer’s PT-6 engine, more than 24,000 miles in 16 days, recreating the infamous 1937 global circumnavigation during which Amelia Earhardt and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared.
“We are honored to have honored to have supported Amelia in her tribute to her namesake, and proud that she has chosen the PT6 engine to power her dream,” said Denis Parisien, P&WC’s vice president for general aviation, calling the flight a testimony to the reliability of the engine.
Earhardt will be available for several meet and greets this week during AirVenture, both at the PT6A seminar at the EAA Museum’s Hilton Theater on Monday and at the company’s booth (Booth No. 2132, Hangar B) on Tuesday and Wednesday. P&WC will have a PT6A-20 and PT6A-67 on display at the booth, along with engine and aftermarket specialists to answer questions.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the PT6 series’ entry in to service, the manufacturer’s two seminars (Monday at the museum theater, and Saturday in the Forum Plaza) will take attendees on a historic retrospective of the popular engine, which has seen more than 53,000 units in service, through to today’s latest technological advances. At the KidVenture Zone in the Pioneer Airport Hangar, the company will also display a borescope-equipped PT6 to demonstrate how engines are examined without dismantling them.