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Pratt & Whitney Canada Achieves Milestone 200th Engine Certification

Pratt & Whitney Canada today celebrated the certification of the PW127XT-L engine, their 200th engine type certification. The PW127XT-L engine will power the ATR 42-600S regional turboprop, which is capable of short take-offs and landings.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127XT Engine Series - Courtesy Pratt & Whitney

On Wednesday (October 11, 2023), Pratt & Whitney Canada announced the certification of the PW127XT-L turboprop engine, representing the company’s milestone 200th engine type certification. The PW127XT-L will power the ATR 42-600S regional turboprop aircraft, which is capable of short take-off and landing, with the engine providing a higher thrust rating to enable the aircraft to take-off from runways as short as 800 meters.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Vice President for Customer Service, Irene Makris, said,

“Achieving 200 engine type certifications within a 60 year period is truly a singular accomplishment in the world of aviation. This milestone is a testament to the dedication, devotion and technical acumen of generations of Pratt & Whitney Canada employees, as we look forward to many more engine certifications in the decades ahead.”

Also commenting on the engine certification, ATR’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, Daniel Cuchet, said,

“This certification is a significant milestone for the ATR 42-600S programme, as modifications to the engines are part of the major technical changes we are bringing to the aircraft – in addition to the rudder and avionics – with a huge influence on take-off performance. This great achievement comes as a reward after many months of hard work and constant collaboration between the ATR and Pratt & Whitney Canada teams.”

Setting the new standard in regional turboprop aviation, the PW127XT engine series offers 40 percent more time on wing, a 20 percent reduction in maintenance costs, and a three percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous generation engines. The newly certified PW127XT-L joins the previously certified PW127-XT-M which powers ATR’s latest generation aircraft. Another engine derivative, the PW127XT-S has been selected by Deutsche Aircraft to power the D328eco regional turboprop aircraft, which is scheduled to enter service in 2026.

A division of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), Pratt & Whitney is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units (APUs) for commercial, military, regional, business and general aviation aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is known for their innovative technologies such as the Geared Turbofan (GTF) commercial aircraft engine and the PW800 business jet engine.

Source: Pratt & Whitney


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