Shortly AFTER ANN broke the news; Pratt & Whitney
Canada Corp. (P&WC) has officially disclosed that Eclipse
Aviation Corp. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has selected PW610F
engines to power its twin-engine Eclipse 500 jet.
"We are delighted to be involved in this exciting aircraft
program, which is bringing new value to the general aviation
market," said Alain M. Bellemare, President, P&WC. "We believe
our PW610F engine is a perfect match for the Eclipse 500."
"This win is highly strategic for us," continued
Mr. Bellemare (right). "It provides an excellent platform for our
family of low-thrust range engines and strongly positions the
PW600F in this fast emerging jet market segment. This new engine
family is really making its mark with a second selection in less
than two months."
The PW610F engine selected for the Eclipse 500 is flat rated at
900 pounds of takeoff thrust at sea level to ISA +10 degrees C with
built-in growth capability and is controlled through a dual-channel
FADEC. The engine type certification is scheduled for the first
quarter of 2006.
"As the company that created this fast-growing new segment of
the market, Eclipse is excited to see P&WC establish such a
strong leadership role with the PW600F engine family," said Vern
Raburn, President and CEO of Eclipse Aviation.
The PW600F family, spanning the 900- to 3,000-pound thrust
range, represents P&WC's smallest turbofan engine series. It is
intended to provide operators with optimum value and performance
with significantly reduced ownership costs.
2,500-pound thrust demonstrator engine, the PW625F, completed a
first flight on a flying test bed in October 2002. "The outstanding
performance of this engine, a larger version of the PW610F, during
the test flight was a key factor behind Eclipse Aviation's engine
selection," noted John Wright, Vice President, Business Aviation
and Military Engines.
Once in service, the engine will be supported by a comprehensive
3-year, 1000-hour warranty package with a Time Between Overhaul
(TBO) of 3,500 hours and a mid-life Hot Section Inspection (HSI) at
1,750 hours. P&WC's Eagle Service Plan (ESP(R)) and Fleet
Maintenance Program (FMP(R)) will also be offered for further