Pratt & Whitney Canada

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Pratt & Whitney Canada
Type Division
Industry Aerospace
Founded November 1928 (1928-11)
Headquarters Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Key people John Saabas (President)
Products Turbine aircraft engines
Gas turbines
Employees 9,200[1]
Parent Pratt & Whitney
Website PWC.ca

Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC or P&WC) is a Canadian aircraft engine manufacturer. PWC's headquarters are in Longueuil, Quebec, just outside Montreal. It is a division of the larger US-based Pratt & Whitney (P&W), itself a business unit of United Technologies.[2] United Technologies has given PWC a world mandate for smaller aircraft engines while P&W's US operations develop and manufacture larger engines.

Although PWC is a division of P&W, it does its own research, development and marketing as well as the manufacturing of its engines. The company currently has 9,200 employees worldwide, with 6,200 of them in Canada.[1]

History[edit]

The Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, Ltd. was founded in November 1928 to act as a service centre for P&W aircraft engines.[3] During World War II, it assembled Pratt & Whitney Wasp series engines built in the U.S. In 1952, the production of Wasp engines was transferred to P&WC so P&W could concentrate on developing jet engines.

In the late 1950s, a team of 12 P&WC engineers began the development of the first small turbine engine in Canada, the PT6. The first example was delivered to a customer in 1963.

In 1962, the company was renamed United Aircraft of Canada(UAC), and assumed its current name in 1975.[4]

In 1963 a total of 41 Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (originally CHSS-2) helicopters were delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy. The airframe components were made by Sikorsky in Connecticut but most were assembled by UAC in Longueuil, Quebec.

Products[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of March 2014, Pratt & Whitney Canada operates the following aircraft as test beds for new engines:

Pratt and Whitney Canada Fleet:
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 747SP 2 0
McDonnell Douglas MD-80R 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Corporate Profile: Fast Facts". About P&WC. Pratt & Whitney Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ PW Fast Facts page[dead link]
  3. ^ Leyes, p. 433
  4. ^ Leyes, p. 434
  • Leyes II, Richard A.; William A. Fleming (1999). The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 1-56347-332-1. 

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