Helitech 2018: P&WC powering platform’s performances
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PW210 is reliably powering EMS helicopter operations around the world, according to the company, even when the aircraft are not in flight mode.
The FADEC engine of the PW210 has a channel architecture which the company notes requires no backup operating mode or additional pilot procedures.
Currently, it is on board the Sikorsky S-76D and the Leonardo AW169. The system has heightened maintenance operations through the delivery of comprehensive maintenance messages to the cockpit.
It also has increased engine availability through time-limited dispatch, a company spokesperson noted to Shephard.
These capabilities appeal to the EMS sector, along with the engine’s capacity to act as an auxiliary power unit which enables the helicopter’s electrical, heating and cooling systems to run despite the main rotor not being engaged; this, in turn, means no extra engine to perform this action saving operators money and additional weight.
The spokesperson explained that this means EMS crews can still use medical equipment and devices ‘without the rotors turning’.
‘Of the global helicopter fleet flying today, about 6% are used for EMS; 31% of P&WC-powered helicopters are used for EMS – clearly indicating that our products are the engines of choice for the EMS sector,’ commented the spokesperson.
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