Busy times for helicopter manufacturers bringing new rotorcraft to market are keeping engine maker Pratt &Whitney Canada (P&WC) busy as well. Among the new turboshafts approaching certification is its PW210A engine for AgustaWestland’s new AW169 twin. At the same time, the PT6C-67E will soon be powering the service entry of the new Airbus Helicopters EC175.
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PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI, Indonesian Aerospace) expects to fly its N219 twin-turboprop transport next year. The aircraft has been under development for some time to answer a need for a rugged STOL airliner able to operate in and out of remote, semi-prepared airstrips. At the same time, the N219 is intended to provide cost-efficient and reliable operations through the use of modern avionics and engines.
This week Beechcraft posted its fourth-quarter and end-of-year results, showing the significant increases that brought 2013 to a successful close. The figures were welcome to the company as it ended its first year of trading as a stand-alone entity, prior to the expected acquisition by Textron that is due to be completed in the first half of this year. The Wichita, Kansas-based company delivered 205 civil aircraft in 2013, compared with 125 in 2012. Adding to 2013’s figure was the delivery of 34 military trainer aircraft.
The Avicopter AC352 medium-twin helicopter (previously known as the Z15, the Chinese version of the jointly developed Eurocopter EC175) is now expected to make its maiden flight in the second half of this year in China, according to Europe- and Asia-based industry sources. Entry into service is then expected late next year or early 2016. Certification had previously been planned for this year.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engines. The proposed AD was prompted by in-service events involving the perforation of engine cases as a result of the liberation of power-turbine blades and the fracture/displacement of the power-turbine containment ring.
Air Tractor announced a new airframe and engine warranty policy to mark the company’s 40th anniversary and to commemorate 50 years of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A engine. The new Air Tractor airframe warranty covers one year or 500 hours, plus two years or 1,000 hours on major structural components. Air Tractor has coupled this with an extended warranty on all PT6As for 2014 deliveries. This offer extends the PT6A warranty to 2,500 hours or five years.
Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic named Malcolm Venturi as regional sales and service manager for southern and western Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. According to the company, Venturi has more than 22 years of technical and hands-on aviation experience coupled with a “deep knowledge of the Australian and Asia –Pacific aviation markets.” Venturi will provide support for fixed-wing operators flying with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, PW100 and PW150A engines.
The KA90 engine update kit is an engine alternative to improve King Air 90 performance. It allows the option of installing either a set of PWC PT6A-21, -28, or -34 engines to replace the original PT6A-20 engines. According to Greg Barnes, president of CenTex Aerospace, of Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas, “The KA90 engine update kit allows the flexibility to choose new, overhauled or engines with time remaining as replacements. Any of the three engine models will improve takeoff, climb and cruise performance.”
Aero Precision entered into an agreement to market Euravia’s P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO services. “We are excited about this new partnership with Euravia, which is one of the leading P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO service providers in the world,” said Pavel Slavin, director of sales for Aero Precision. Euravia’s approach to cost-effective repair and overhaul and its customized preventive maintenance programs “will help our customers with the reliability of their engines and decrease long-term cost of ownership.”
Brazil’s civil aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), approved Blackhawk’s XP42A performance upgrade for the Cessna 208A Caravan. ANAC’s certification follows similar approval from the FAA in June that permits the engine upgrade on the Cessna 208A in the U.S. The XP42A mod includes a new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A; Hartzell four-blade propeller; composite cowling; high-efficiency inlet duct; larger oil cooler; and two new exhaust stacks. Blackhawk claims the package increases climb rate by 24 percent and cruise speed by 9 percent.