Posted on: 25 August 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Pratt & Whitney has completed assembly on its first PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries with a Last Bolt Ceremony held at the company’s Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut.
This engine marks the beginning of an eight-engine validation and certification programme which will get under way at the company’s West Palm Beach, FL, facility.
“Completion of the first PW1524G engine for testing is an important milestone for the CSeries aircraft programme,” Ben Boehm, vice-president, commercial aircraft programs for Bombardier, told Pratt & Whitney employees at the Last Bolt Ceremony. “We have worked closely with Pratt & Whitney engineers over the past two years to optimise engine performance as we integrated this powerplant into our aeroplane design. We are very pleased with the progress of the engine programme to date and that Pratt & Whitney has completed first engine assembly on time.”
“Earlier this year we completed our engine core test programme, demonstrating performance and operability on our design targets. This engine will be tested to supplement the core testing, enabling us to demonstrate the full engine performance. Our engine is not a concept. It is real and we have data to validate our product capability,” said Bob Saia, vice-president, Next Generation Product Family.
The PW1500G engine test program will run a total of eight test engines over the next 24 months with engine certification and aircraft first flight scheduled for 2012. Entry into service is scheduled for 2013.