Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3160) announced it has enrolled the 4,000th engine in its Eagle Service Plan (ESP) pay-per-hour maintenance program. The tiered program offers operators a choice of maintenance coverage. The basic plan includes parts and shop labor costs for scheduled engine overhaul/refurbishment and hot-section inspection, basic unscheduled engine and line replaceable unit/accessory maintenance and required product-support improvements at shop visits. Over the past two years the powerplant maker has added 1,000 new engines to the program.
What was initially feared to be a widespread problem that temporarily grounded 2,800 Bell 206s, 407s and 427s on March 12 now appears to be confined to about 100 newer-production helicopters. The Emergency AD (2009-07-51) was quickly modified to apply only to helicopters with fewer than 50 hours in service or those that have cyclic control lever assemblies that have less than 50 hours time in service. The