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 engines provide power in more than 200 countries around the world.
The Company 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 and primary facilities are located in Longueuil, near Montréal, Québec. P&WC also has significant product development and manufacturing operations elsewhere in Canada and abroad, and customer support facilities 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 research and development (R&D) and the application of leading-edge development and manufacturing processes. P&WC is the largest R&D investor in Canada in the aerospace industry.
Thirteen engines are currently manufactured by P&WC: the PT6A, PT6B, PT6C and PT6T turboprop or turboshaft engines, the JT15D turbofan engine, the PW100 and PW150 turboprop engines, the PW200 and PW210 turboshaft engines, the PW300 turbofan engine, the PW500 turbofan engine, the PW600 turbofan engine, and the PW800 turbofan engine. In total, P&WC has produced more than 80,000 engines.
The PT6 turboprop and turboshaft engines are offered in a variety of models, ranging from 500 to over 2,000 shaft horsepower (shp). The PT6 family operates in business, utility, agricultural, helicopter, training and airline applications, including the Hawker Beechcraft King Air, the Thrush 660 and the Pilatus PC-21. By 2013, the 50th anniversary of the first production PT6, P&WC had produced more than 51,000 PT6-variant engines in the 500 to 1,700 shp class.
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 three engine series and 17 different models in power ratings ranging from 2,200 to 3,400 lbs. of thrust, with applications including the Cessna Citation Ultra and the Hawker 400XP.
The PW100 series, with variant numbering PW118 through PW150, ranges in power from 1,800 to more than 5,000 shp. The PW100 is a fuel-efficient turboprop designed for the 30- to 90- passenger commuter. It 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 500 to over 700 shp, is designed for light- and medium-sized helicopters including the AgustaWestland 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 4,700 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 F7X.
The PW500 is a 2,900 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 Cessna 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. The PW600 engine family spans the 900 to 3,000 lb. thrust range. Applications are the Cessna Mustang, the Eclipse 500 and the Embraer Phenom 100.
The PurePower® PW800 engine is a new generation, 10,000 to 20,000 lb. thrust range turbofan engine which incorporates advanced fan, compressor, turbine and low-emission TALON™ combustion systems, offering greatly reduced fuel consumption, improved environmental performance, and the capacity for future growth in thrust. The PW800 will power long-range business jets, regional airliners and single-aisle aircraft.
The PurePower® PW1000G engine is the exclusive power plant for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Bombardier CSeries, both in late-stage development.
Building on the legacy of the initial PT6 engine, a multi-purpose gas turbine, 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, Québec. Its main repair and overhaul facility is located in Saint-Hubert, Québec. The company also has an engineering, assembly and test facility in Mississauga, Ontario, assembly and test facilities in Mirabel, Québec and Lethbridge, Alberta, an engineering facility in Ottawa, Ontario, and a computer-integrated manufacturing installation near Halifax, Nova Scotia. A state-of-the-art cold weather testing and research facility, owned as a joint venture with Rolls-Royce Canada, is located in Thompson, Manitoba.
Global customer support comprises seven distribution centres and approximately 30 P&WC-owned or designated overhaul facilities around the world, 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.
P&WC has set forth a sustainability vision to be achieved by its 100th anniversary in 2028. This vision comprises five major objectives in the areas of reducing emissions, incorporating sustainability into products and product development and manufacturing, becoming an agent for change in sustainable development, eliminating waste, and achieving carbon neutrality.
Pratt & Whitney Canada began as the Canadian affiliate of a business established by Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool. Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool, located in Hartford, Connecticut, was a subsidiary of leading machine tool manufacturer Niles Bement Pond.
In 1925 Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool set up an operation to develop and produce an air-cooled, radial aircraft engine, named the R-1340 Wasp engine, as an offshoot of its machine tool business. This offshoot become known as Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. The Wasp engine was quickly accepted by customers due to its excellent performance and reliability. The Canadian operation was launched in 1928 as The Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, Ltd. to assemble, overhaul and service the Wasp engine and the Hornet engine which appeared soon after the appearance of the Wasp. The following year the Company opened its service facility in Longueuil, Quebec.
In 1929 Pratt & Whitney Aircraft was separated from the machine tool business and merged with the Boeing aircraft manufacturing and air transport companies and other aircraft manufacturers to become part of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation. As a result of the 1934 U.S. government decision to prohibit aircraft manufacturers and airlines from being owned by a single business, United Aircraft and Transport Corporation was divided into three separate businesses, the Boeing Airplane Company, United Air Lines and United Aircraft Corporation, the latter being the precursor of today's United Technologies Corporation.
During these years Pratt & Whitney Canada was providing bush flying operations and early airline businesses with sales and service support. Following the start of the Second World War, the Company became heavily committed to assembling Pratt & Whitney engines which were being manufactured in the U.S. It also began the production of propellers and thereby gained its first experience as a manufacturer.
During the post-war years, Wasp R-1340 engines powered de Havilland Canada's iconic Beaver aircraft and the single-engined Otter aircraft which followed.
In 1952 production of Wasp series engines and piston engine parts was transferred to Pratt & Whitney Canada by U.S.-based Pratt & Whitney, which then directed its attention to the development and manufacture of jet engines. The expansion of manufacturing necessitated the construction of a production facility in Longueuil.
In the late 1950's Pratt & Whitney Canada began developing a small gas turbine engine known as the PT6 as a replacement for small piston engines. First delivery of the new engine was made in 1963. The reliability and flexibility of the new engine, combined with its ability to operate longer between overhauls, won it many customers among the manufacturers of fixed wing business, utility and commuter aircraft and helicopters, who selected it to power their new models.
In 1971 the company began to develop the JT15D turbofan engine to power the Cessna Citation 1. Over the years upgrades to this engine, featuring increased thrust, have powered many small jet aircraft, particularly business jets.
In 1975 the company, which had been renamed United Aircraft of Canada Limited in 1962, changed its name to Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada Limited.
The PW100 turboprop engine commenced development in 1978. It became the powerplant of a number of new commuter aircraft, initially the Embraer EMB-120. The PW100 entered service in 1984.
Engine overhaul operations moved into a new facility in Saint-Hubert, Québec. In 1978 this facility was designated the Service Centre, and became the first in what would eventually be a network of service centres around the world.
PW200 engine development commenced in 1983. This engine series, intended for use in helicopters, was developed with input from Bell Helicopter Textron and MBB. It was initially employed in an MBB BO105 series helicopter and has gone on to power many of the world's light-twin helicopters.
Two years later, development began on an engine for larger business jets. This engine, designated PW300, was initially used on the British Aerospace Hawker 1000 (later the Raytheon Hawker 1000).
In 1995 the PW150, the largest turboprop engine produced by the company, was selected by Bombardier Aerospace to power its Dash 8 Q400 medium-range airliner. That same year, the first model in the PW500 family of business jet engines was certified. The new engine was first applied to the Cessna Citation Bravo.
In 2008, following a number of years of development, the company launched the PW800, a turbofan engine in the 10,000 pound thrust class.
Maria Della Posta
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John Saabas was appointed President of Pratt & Whitney Canada in January 2009.
Mr. Saabas began his career at P&WC in 1985 as an analyst in Structures & Dynamics and subsequently held 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 & 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 & Operations. He was named Executive Vice President in 2006 before being appointed President.
Mr. Saabas earned a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics from McGill University in 1991 and graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in, respectively, 1984 and 1983.
Mr. Saabas has been a member of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board in 2011. He is also a member of Aéro Montréal. In addition, Mr. Saabas is a member of Waterloo University’s Engineering Dean’s Development Council and the McGill Faculty of Engineering’s Advisory Board. He is also a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario.
In 2008, he 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. In 2013, he received the CEO Sustainable Development Award from the Quebec business publication Les Affaires for his visionary leadership.