Originally scheduled for certification by the end of last year, the newest version of the Pilatus PC-12 is now slated for certification early this year, with customer deliveries to follow in the second quarter.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6
The search for financing continues to be Australian-born Explorer Aircraft’s primary focus. Said Donald Joseph, president, “We are actively looking for opportunities. Despite the tough economic times, we’ve become more optimistic in the last three or four months.”
The first conforming prototype of the Ibis Aerospace Ae270 turboprop single (S/N 5) took to the air for the first time on February 25 for nearly one hour. The flight routine included gear cycling, steep banks and climb and short-field landing characteristics. The main difference between this third flying Ae270 and the other two flying Ae270s is its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-66A engine.
First flight of the third flying single-turboprop Ibis Ae270 conforming prototype (S/N 5), previously expected last fall, is now expected to take place this month. It is the first prototype powered by the more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66A turboprop slated for the Ae270HP. Rated at 1,583 eshp (thermodynamic), the engine is derated to 850 shp (takeoff).
The first customer TBM 700C2, the latest variant of EADS Socata’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-64-powered turboprop single, has arrived at Socata’s U.S. headquarters in Pembroke Pines, Fla., ready for delivery to its Wisconsin-based owner as soon as FAA certification is finalized, which was expected at press time.
After eight months on the job as president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, Alain Bellemare guides a company that is becoming increasingly global in nature while it capitalizes on the technology embodied in its current turbine engines. Former P&WC president Gilles Ouimet has been elevated to chairman, where he steers the high-level strategic direction of the company.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive will open a regional turbine center (RTC) in the Pittsburgh area by the end of this month. It will be located at Washington County Airport about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh International Airport.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has added 200 production workers and is opening a new assembly line for the PT6T TwinPac, the engines that power the Bell 212 and 412, at its Saint-Hubert, Quebec plant. The Saint-Hubert facility will also continue to operate as a major overhaul and repair facility.
If the idea of extending your PT6 overhaul period from 3,600 to 8,000 hours is appealing, Wood Group Turbopower can do it for you. Under an agreement with More Company of Minden, Nev., Wood Group has become an approved repair facility and distributor for just such an STC.
BBA Aviation-owned engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive plans to open a regional turbine center next month at the Washington County Airport just south of Pittsburgh. The 5,300-sq-ft facility initially will provide hot-section inspection services for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprops and JT15D turbofans, as well as fan repairs on JT15Ds and power-section repair on PT6As.