Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) revealed that its PurePower PW800 engine is completing preparations for Entry into Service (EIS) by the end of this year, ahead of schedule after achieving a number of recent milestones. “The PurePower PW800 has demonstrated that it’s technology-ready through thousands of hours of rigorous ground and flight testing, during which it has surpassed expectations,” said Scott McElvaine, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Service, PurePower PW800 engines. Testing on the engine has reached the milestone of more than 13,000 hours, including over 6,000 hours on P&WC’s Flying Test Bed and on Gulfstream’s G500 and G600 flight test aircraft.
It has been a busy few months for the new engine: it powered the first flight of Gulfstream’s G600 in December, 2016, received FAA certification on February 14, 2017, and certification from the EASA is expected soon. This follows a number of entry into service-related activities, including the completion of initial technical publications for the engine, the commencement of engine maintenance training, and the readying of P&WC’s industry-leading global support network – including its parts distribution centres – now fully equipped to deliver skilled, dedicated assistance to operators around the world.
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