Pratt & Whitney to expand engine maintenance
Pratt & Whitney has announced plans to invest $65 million in its engine overhaul facility in Columbus, Georgia, to upgrade the facility to perform maintenance on its PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines.
The centre’s new GTF engine facilities will include disassembly, test, assembly and inspection capabilities. Construction is scheduled to commence in 2016 on a new test facility adjactent to the current test cell.
In addition to providing maintenance for PW1000G engines the centre will also provide maintenance for Pratt & Whitney's PW1500G and PW1100G-JM engines, as well as F100, F117, PW2000 and V2500 engines.
Pratt & Whitney has been investing in the facility's upgrade over the past several years, including the addition of GTF engine maintenance, repair and operations capabilities.
Joe Sylvestro, vice president, aftermarket operations, Pratt & Whitney, said: ‘As the GTF engine continues to enter into service, it is critical that we have a strong maintenance, repair and overhaul network in place to support these engines. The Columbus Engine Center draws on decades of high volume engine maintenance experience and is well-positioned to provide the highest quality service to our GTF engine customers.’
More from Defence Helicopter
Brazilian armed forces training has been given a significant boost with a new order for Airbus H125 helicopters.
Poland aims to order three times as many AH-64E attack helicopters as previously expected.
Leonardo hopes to persuade the UK MoD that a range of AW149 survivability-related items makes the helicopter the best fit for the New Medium Helicopter programme.
Lockheed Martin is providing additional M-TADS/PNVS components and hardware for the AH-64 Apache.
The USAF has taken acceptance of four MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters for developmental testing following earlier trials after Military Flight Release.