Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today the launch of the new PT6A-140A turboprop engine and the PT6A-140AG variant - bringing the world's most popular turboprop family to more than 70 engine models strong. The new engines set the benchmark for performance and fuel efficiency delivering 15 per cent more power and five per cent better specific fuel consumption (SFC). P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. Company (NYSE:UTX).
"Today's announcement demonstrates our ability to continuously innovate and raise the bar with the PT6A family to make the world's best engines even better," said Denis Parisien, vice president, General Aviation, P&WC. "There are more than 70 PT6A engine models used for over 125 different aircraft applications around the globe - a testament to the PT6A's unmatched versatility, performance and reliability."
Every aspect of the PT6A-140A is designed with the needs of the operator. With no mandatory time requirements for warm-up or cool-down, the engine enables operators to maximize their productivity and efficiency. Ease of maintenance and flexibility for high-cycle operations are inherent to the engine and offer one of the longest time-between-overhaul (TBO) intervals available. The TBO can also be extended up to 8,000 hours or 12 years depending on the operation and it is not tied to engine cycles. Designed and built to outlast others in the same class, the PT6A-140A has a minimum component life limit which is 50 per cent higher than competing engines.
"No one understands the needs of general aviation better than we do," said Parisien. "We built the industry with the PT6A turboprop engine more than five decades ago and we've never stopped innovating since. These two engines are a demonstration of the advancements we've made and our focus on delivering the best engines for customers and operators."
Optimized for the "hot and high" environments, both PT6A-140A and -140AG engines have 867 mechanical shaft horsepower (SHP) and 1,075 thermal SHP, and offer full-load take off at maximum power available at 111˚F (44˚C).
The PT6A's modular design and externally mounted fuel nozzles make it the easiest engine in the utility market to access and maintain. Simple routine engine inspections can be done while still on-wing, in the field or in the hangar, eliminating surprises, reducing costs and providing peace of mind. More time on-wing and a predictable and planned maintenance environment mean more revenue for operators.
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC). UTC provides high-technology systems and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.