The resurrected Twin Otter Series 400 received Transport Canada certification in late July after three years of work by Viking Air. The first 400 to be delivered was handed over to Switzerland’s Zimex Aviation at the Farnborough airshow in July.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
A study performed by research firm Conklin & de Decker for GE Aviation found “significantly increased operating efficiency, reduced variable costs and net savings” for buyers of the Power 90 engine upgrade. The Power 90 program replaces the King Air C90’s original Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20/21 engines with the GE M601E-11A. Smyrna Air Center of Tennessee owns the STC for conversion of the King Air to the M601E.
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Brazilian maintenance and engineering division of TAP Portugal announced an agreement to provide “comprehensive engine overhaul services for PT6A and PW100 turboprop operators in Latin America.” Engine services will be provided by TAP at its Porto Alegre facility, which offers the region’s only engine test cells.
Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Brazilian maintenance and engineering division of TAP Portugal announced an agreement to provide "comprehensive engine overhaul services for the PT6A and PW100 turboprop engine operators in Latin America." Engine services will be provided by TAP at its Porto Alegre facility, which offers the region's only engine test cells.
Hawker Beechcraft’s first AT-6 PRTV (production-representative test vehicle) has taken time out from its busy test schedule to make its international debut here at Farnborough. It arrives having completed an impressive demonstration of its light attack and armed reconnaissance capabilities during a two-week U.S. joint forces exercise.
EASA Part 145 approval has been granted to Vector Aerospace Engines Services’ new UK facility for all variants of the Rolls-Royce 250 turboshaft and turbofan engines. The engine model, which powers a large number of helicopters and small fixed-wing aircraft, has been part of Vector’s engine services offerings for more than 20 years.
Dornier Seaplane yesterday selected the Montreal suburb of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as the final assembly site for the company’s all-composite, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135-powered Seastar amphibious turboprop twin. The Seastar has already received FAA and EASA type certification.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 1467) has reached the final stages of flight testing for its program to upgrade the Cessna Caravan with the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A engine.
Hawker Beechcraft successfully completed the maiden flight of its second AT-6 production-representative test vehicle (PRTV) on April 5 in Wichita. The first PRTV first flew with the new mission avionics suite last September. The second PRTV is the first to fly with the intended powerplant, the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68D rated at 1,600 shp (1194 kW).
In mid-December Evektor ran the EV-55 Outback’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21 engines for the first time. During the test run at Kunovice Airport in the Czech Republic, “engines and propellers performed properly,” the company reported.