Changing the Game

Changing the Game
The 1980s through to the 2000s: Inventing the regional aviation market

First PT6A-34AG Engine


In the 1980s, P&WC began converting piston-powered agricultural aircraft to PT6A power immediately increasing aircraft productivity by 60%. We would go on to develop eight PT6A engine models specifically for the ag market.

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PW100 Engine Family Deliveries Begin


When shipments for the PW100 engine family began, they quickly became the preferred customer choice in the regional turboprop segment – powering nearly 60% of all aircraft delivered in that division.

Pratt & Whitney Canada didn’t just invent the regional aviation market segment, we changed the industry. Our PW100/PW150 engines power over 3,300 regional aircraft globally that connect families, create personal mobility, and drive commerce.

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The PW300 engine flew for the first time on the company’s Boeing 720 test bed. The engine family powers an impressive line of mid-size business jets and is recognized in the 4,700 to 8,000-lb thrust class for its low fuel consumption, economical operation and environmental friendliness.

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The PW500 engine family is launched and has become the clean and clear leader in the highly demanding fractional ownership business jet market, powering light to mid-size business jets in the 2,900 to 4,500 pound thrust class. Its low fuel consumption ensures attractive operating economics  and environmental friendliness.

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The formal launch of a full-scale technology demonstrator, the PW625F, is launched. The PW600 engine family is the preferred engine family for a new generation of light jets in the 900 to 3,000 pound thrust class. It is compact, fuel efficient, clean and delivers excellent operating economics.

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PT6C-67A Engine Powers a Historic First Test Flight


The BA609 (now AW609) successfully completed the first test flight with transition to full airplane mode, reaching a speed of 219 mph. The second test aircraft made its maiden flight in November 2006 and took part in the Paris Air Show flying display in June 2007.

The PT6C-67A turboshaft engines power the rotors located at the ends of the aircraft's wings to ensure the vertical takeoff and landing versatility of a helicopter. The aircraft's unique speed and range characteristics, combined with its hovering abilities making it ideal for search and rescue, offshore and passenger transport among other mission capabilities.

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Innovation Takes Flight

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Reaching New Heights

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Changing the Game

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