Posted on: 17 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Pratt & Whitney has reported that the first PurePower PW1524G engine for the Bombardier CSeries family has completed just under half of its test programme and continues on schedule validating performance expectations.
The engine is the first of an eight-engine validation and certification programme.
"We are extremely pleased with the test results indicating that the overall engine performance is well aligned with our pre-test expectations," observed Bob Saia, vice-president, Next Generation Product Family. "The engine has accumulated approximately sixty hours of testing with more than 2,000 sensors. To date we have validated full engine operability, engine fuel and lubrication systems and overall mechanical characteristics."
The PW1500G engine test programme will run 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.
The PurePower engine also has been selected for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) scheduled to enter service in 2014, and to power the new Irkut MS-21 narrowbody jet scheduled to enter service in 2016.