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Heli-Expo 2018: P&WC prioritise ‘growing’ super-medium market

22nd February 2018 - 09:16 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


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Engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney Canada (P&WC) is confident the super-medium helicopter market will continue to remain in good health and lead to further customer growth for the company.

Addressing conversations and summations of OEMs, lessors and helicopter operators heard during the recent Helicopter Investor conference in London, Nicolas Chabée, VP of sales and marketing for helicopter engines at P&WC, said that while the oil and gas market ‘slowly recovers’ he sensed optimism from industry based on the recent stability of oil prices.

‘At least now oil and gas producers and operators can begin to plan accordingly. What they are asking of engine developers is better productivity because in their view the margins that they had in years gone by are unlikely to return soon,’ he told Shephard.

Providing evidence of how the company is responding to the various demands being made of them by industry, Chabée focused on the example of the Leonardo AW139 PT6C-67C 1700shp engine which has a ‘99.1% mission ready and dispatch availability’ rate.

That engine is one of four within the PT6C portfolio, which is based on P&WCs turboprop engine the PT6A-67 which has surpassed 27 million flight hours. The PT6C has flown 4.36 million flight hours. 

While competitor Safran Helicopter Engines has committed itself to its Aneto programme which ...

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