For reasons that are not clear, every engine manufacturer scored fewer points in this year’s survey than in last year’s, something that did not happen with the airframers and avionics makers.
Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced today that it has completed the initial certification flight for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 flight deck upgrade. The company said it is on schedule for FAA STC approval for the Pro Line 21 upgrade in October, with installations and deliveries to follow immediately.
Operators of the Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D series engines have a new option when it comes to overhaul. Aviation Turbines International (ATI) of O’Fallon, Mo., has added the powerplant to its hot section and repair services. ATI will be able to perform complete overhaul of the engine as well as accessories, such as fuel controls, bleed air valve, anti-ice valve, motive flow valve, fuel nozzles and fuel pumps.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has boosted its customer support network in both Germany and Switzerland by appointing two more recognized maintenance facilities. Both Aero-Dienst in Nuremberg, Germany, and Altenrhein Aviation in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are now approved to maintain PT6A, JT15D and PW300 engines.
Avatas Aerospace has signed an agreement with Precision Turbines to allow the latter to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines. Precision Turbines provides a variety of products and services for the Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D, PW100 and PT6A and the Rolls-Royce T56. The company offers half-life, overhauled and new engines as well as OEM and PMA parts.
The FAA issued a Supplemental Type Certificate to Clifford Development for modification of Cessna Citation 550s and S550s with Williams International FJ44-3A engines. Four Clifford installation centers will do the modifications: Great Lakes Aviation of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Threshold Aviation of Chino, Calif.; Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark.; and Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C.
Aviation Turbines International (ATI), an Avmats-related company, is currently providing hot-section and repair services for the JT15D and will add JT15D engine overhauls to its capabilities next year. ATI has been overhauling engines since 1991.
Hawker Beechcraft today launched the Hawker 450XP, a derivative of the Hawker 400XP (née Beechjet 400A) with new cockpit avionics and engines.
Nextant Aerospace last month expanded the available options for its Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Beechjet 400A/XP cockpit retrofit program. According to the Ohio company, the list of options for the upgrade package includes a second multifunction display, XM weather receiver, integrated flight information system and turbulence-detection weather radar.
The FAA and Pratt & Whitney Canada believe they have found the cause of at least three high-
altitude, dual-engine flameouts on Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5-powered airplanes operating in certain meteorological conditions. In a proposed Airworthiness