Bombardier Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney announced on Feb. 20 that Pratt & Whitney has successfully achieved Transport Canada type certification of its first PurePower Geared Turbofan engine, the PW1500G engine that will power Bombardier’s composites-intensive CSeries aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney has conducted more 4,000 hours of engine testing since the initial engine began testing in September 2010. The PW1500G engine test program included 340 hours of flight testing on P&W’s experimental 747 Flight Test airplane.
“We have successfully demonstrated the durability and game-changing performance of our Geared Turbofan engine architecture,” says Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family, Pratt & Whitney. “To date we have conducted over 9,000 hours of testing on our Fan Drive Gear System, demonstrating the service readiness of our gearbox. We have also validated the improvement in fuel efficiency and noise reduction that we targeted in 2007, when we launched the PurePower PW1500G program.”
The PW1500G engines were type certified through Transport Canada by Pratt & Whitney Canada and are assembled at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre in Mirabel, Quebec. UTC Aerospace Systems, formed after UTC’s acquisition of Goodrich, provides the nacelle system.