Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) is a global leader in aerospace. It's estimated that every second, an aircraft powered by one of its engines takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC designs, develops, manufactures, markets and supports turbofan, turboprop and turboshaft engines in a wide range of power ratings to meet the diverse needs of the marketplace — business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters, as well as turbines for auxiliary power units. A United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) company, P&WC's headquarters, main manufacturing, and research and development (R&D) facilities are located in Longueuil, Quebec. P&WC also has significant product development and manufacturing operations elsewhere in Canada and abroad. P&WC engines provide power in 195 countries around the world.
P&WC has earned a strong reputation over the years for innovation, technical excellence and proven engine reliability. This has been made possible in large part through P&WC's deep commitment to R&D and the application of leading-edge development and manufacturing processes.
P&WC is the largest R&D investor in the Canadian aerospace industry with 70 engines certified since 1974.
Ten engine families are currently built by P&WC: the PT6 turboprop engines, the PT6 turboshaft engines, the JT15D turbofan engines, the PW100 turboprop engines, the PW200 turboshaft engines, the PW300 turbofan engines, the PW500 turbofan engines, the PW600 turbofan engines, the PW800 turbofan engines and the PW900 auxiliary power unit.
The PT6 turboprop and turboshaft engines are offered in a variety of models, ranging from 550 to 2,000 shp. The PT6 family operates in business, utility, agricultural, helicopter, training and airline applications, including the Hawker Beechcraft King Air, the Ayres Model 660, the Bell 412 and the Pilatus PC-21.
The JT15D is the turbofan engine that has set the industry standard in terms of reliability for small executive jet aircraft, in much the same way the PT6 has set the standard for small turboprop aircraft. The JT15D has won acclaim for ease of handling, low noise and reliability. Since its introduction to the marketplace in the early 1970s, the JT15D family has grown to include 13 different models in power ratings ranging from 2,200 to 3,350 lbs. of thrust, including the Cessna Citation Ultra and the Hawker 400XP.
The PW100 is a 1,800 to 7,000 shp range fuel-efficient turboprop designed for the 30- to 70- passenger commuter. The engine powers all new-generation regional transports in operation, including the Aérospatiale-Alenia ATR 72-200 and the Q400 regional transport from Bombardier.
The PW200, a family of turboshaft engines ranging from 450 to 650 shp, is designed for light- and medium- size helicopters, which includes the Agusta Grand and the Eurocopter EC135.
The PW210 is a new-generation turboshaft engine offering best-in-class performance for single- and intermediate to medium twin-engine helicopters in the 1,000 shp class. By incorporating the latest advances in compressor design technology and turbine materials, the PW210 today offers improved power-to-weight ratio and fuel consumption, for increased helicopter payload and range performance. The PW210 also incorporates a dual-channel, full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system with state-of-the-art diagnostics capability.
Designated as the PW300, this 4,500 to 8,000 lb. thrust range turbofan engine powers the new generation of super mid-size and heavy aircraft, including the Cessna Citation Sovereign and the Dassault Falcon 7X.
The PW500 is a 3,000 to 4,500 lb. thrust range turbofan. This family of engines offers significant advantages over other turbofans in this power range in terms of fuel consumption, durability and cost of operation. The PW500 family of engines powers light jets, including the Cessna Citation Bravo and the Citation Excel, XLS and XLS+.
The new PW600 turbofan engine family has successfully targeted a new generation of very light jets that will deliver a level of affordability, reliability and operating economics previously thought unattainable for small, high performance business jet aircraft. P&WC has now won four major competitions in the very light jet market segment with its new PW600 engine family spanning the 900 to 3,000 lb. thrust range. The applications are the Cessna Mustang, the Eclipse 500, the Embraer Phenom 100, and the Epic Victory VLJ.
The company is also present in the auxiliary power unit market with the PW901A engine, which equips the Boeing 747-400 transport. The PW980A, a growth derivative of the PW901A, was selected by Airbus for the A380 aircraft.
Building on the legacy of the initial PT6 engine, a multi-purpose gas turbine that changed the face of modern aviation, P&WC has perfected its methodology, tools and approach with every new engine family it has launched. It is continuously pushing the boundaries and leveraging the latest technologies to meet the evolving needs of its customers.
P&WC's headquarters, main R&D, manufacturing and test facilities are located in Longueuil, near Montreal, Quebec. The company also has R&D, assembly and test facilities in Mississauga, Ontario, a world-class computer-integrated manufacturing installation near Halifax, Nova Scotia, and an assembly and test facility in Lethbridge, Alberta.
P&WC global customer support comprises over 30 P&WC-owned and designated overhaul facilities, field support representatives strategically located on all major continents, a Customer First Centre for 24/7 support, mobile repair teams, the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry and advanced diagnostic capabilities.
John Saabas, President — Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.
Akhil Bhandari, Chief Information Officer
Benoit Beaudoin, Vice President — Operations
J. Richard Bertrand, Vice President — Government Affairs
Daniel Breitman, Vice President — Engine Development Programs
Benoit Brossoit, Senior Vice President — Global Operations
Maria Della Posta, Senior Vice President — Sales and Marketing
Walter Di Bartolomeo, Vice President — Engineering
John Di Bert, Vice President — Finance
Richard Dussault, Vice President — Strategic Planning and Marketing
Nancy German, Vice President — Communications
Denis F. Parisien, Vice President — Next Generation General Aviation Products
Michael Perodeau, Vice President — Corporate Aviation and Military Engines
Alain C. Rondeau, Vice President — Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Kevin P. Smith, Vice President — Human Resources
Joseph N. Torchetti, Vice President — International Business Development
Raffaele Virgili, Vice President — Customer Service
Sam Abdelmalek, Vice President — Supply Management
Edward Hoskin, Vice President — Mississauga and Turbofan Programs
Doug Purdy, Vice President — Quality
Maria Valerio, Vice President — Operations, Customer Service
Saabas earned a Ph.D. in aerodynamics from McGill University in 1991 and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1984 and 1983, respectively.
John Saabas was named president of Pratt & Whitney Canada, a company of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), in January 2009. He is responsible for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s global operations in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft and helicopters. He also drives Pratt & Whitney Canada’s growth strategy and business plans.
Saabas has been with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for 25 years. He began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada in 1985 as a structures and dynamics analyst and subsequently occupied positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and operations. He was project engineer and senior project engineer between 1993 and 1997 before taking on responsibilities as director, new operations programs, and manager, manufacturing engineering. In 1999, he was promoted to vice president, procurement and logistics, and the following year, to vice president, engineering development. In 2001, he took on the role of vice president, engineering, and in 2003 was appointed senior vice president, engineering and operations. He was named executive vice president in 2006 before being appointed president.
He is Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and member of Aéro Montréal as well as a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
In 2008, Mr. Saabas was awarded an Alumni Achievement Medal by the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering for his leadership and vision in leveraging innovation and research collaboration to advance the Canadian aerospace industry.