Pratt & Whitney Canada tells ANN
that the first development PW615F turbine engine, selected by
Cessna Aircraft for its new Citation Mustang business jet, has
achieved a first successful run at its rated takeoff thrust of
1,350 pounds. The engine ran for a total of eight hours and has
also completed a number of performance and characterization
"This first run at full takeoff thrust marks an important
milestone in the PW615F development program," said Maurice
Weinberg, P&WC director, Engine Development Programs - Small
Turbofans. "It clears the way for the first test engine to be
provided to Cessna in early 2004. We are also on track for engine
certification by the end of 2005."
The PW615F is a member of P&WC's newest engine family, the
PW600. Spanning the 900 to 3,000 pound thrust range, the family is
designed to provide operators in the entry-level business jet and
general aviation markets with optimum value and performance with
significantly reduced ownership costs.
An engine demonstrator program
involving the PW625F engine, of which the PW615F is a smaller
model, has helped to significantly reduce development lead-time and
risk by validating the concept design and providing early full and
thorough knowledge about the engine's operational capabilities.
"The 2,500 pound thrust PW625F demonstrator, which completed its
initial flight trials in October 2002 on P&WC's flying test
bed, has provided invaluable lessons that are being applied to all
members of the PW600 family," continued Mr. Weinberg. "This
approach has already enabled us to achieve first run of the PW615F
in an unprecedented 10 months from first design, with excellent
The PW610F engine, another member of the PW600 family that has
been selected by Eclipse Aviation Corp. to power its Eclipse 500
jet, is currently in the design phase. The 900 pound thrust engine
is scheduled to perform its first run in the second quarter of 2004
leading up to certification in the first quarter of 2006.