Pratt & Whitney Canada announces the latest entry into service of a full authority digital electronic control (FADEC)-equipped turboshaft engine. The newest engine to feature the system is the PW210A powering Finmeccanica’s AW169, which joins the PW210S on Sikorsky’s S-76D™ and the PT6C-67E on Airbus Helicopters’ H175 – the first PT6 engine to be equipped with FADEC. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
FADEC is an advanced control system that enables the engine to perform at maximum efficiency. It simplifies engine operations, reduces pilot workload and provides greater performance and aircraft availability. The technology’s patented noise-cancellation capabilities also enhance cabin comfort by creating a quieter ride. Going forward, P&WC will deliver the FADEC system on all new turboshaft engines across the board.
As a FADEC leader across all aviation business segments, P&WC has implemented the system on 15 different engine models in the past 10 years, continuing to refine this engine control technology. P&WC and Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W’s) shared FADEC heritage extends back to the 1970s when P&W introduced the technology on its PW2000 engine. In the early 1990s, P&WC then launched the PW305 engine, the first of its engines to fly with FADEC. The company continues to work closely with airframe OEMs on systems collaboration and is actively driving technological advancement through integrated software and engine solutions across all industry segments and engine applications.
“While many in the aviation industry still tend to concentrate primarily on materials and aerodynamics, we have taken a leadership position in integrated technology solutions, such as engine controls and software, which gives us a competitive advantage,” says Irene Makris, vice president, Marketing, P&WC. “It’s about leveraging the latest software and engine technologies to best meet our customers’ needs and raise the performance bar higher than ever.”
P&WC is helping define the future of the helicopter industry around the world through its use of innovative technologies and manufacturing processes. The company continues to incorporate cutting-edge technologies that deliver proven, reliable turboshaft power to all segments of the aerospace industry. This strength is reinforced by the extensive knowledge base of best practices, advanced technologies, proven methodologies and engineering manpower it shares with Pratt & Whitney.
Today, P&WC’s turboshaft portfolio has 34 engine models. It has delivered 15,000 engines, with more than 8,000 engines flying today. There are 4,300 P&WC-powered helicopters flying around the world, and the engine fleet has accumulated over 55 million flying hours to date.
Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC’s Booth #1817 to speak with a customer service representative.