Pratt & Whitney Canada Launches PW210 Turboshaft Engine

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) this week announced a new-generation turboshaft engine series, the PW210, designed for large single and intermediate/medium twin helicopters. The first model of the series, the PW210S, has been selected by Sikorsky to power its forthcoming S-76D helicopter, which will target corporate, offshore oil, hospital, airline and government operators worldwide. According to the company, the PW210 series will incorporate the latest technology in materials and compressor design, as well as a dual channel, full authority digital electronic control system (FADEC). The company expects the new powerplant will produce 10 to 20 percent more power while burning less fuel than other engines in its class. "The PW210 engine will build on the remarkable success of the PW200 engine family," said Keyvan Fard, vice president of Regional Airline & Turboshaft Engines. "PW200 engines were selected to power more than 75 percent of new light twin helicopters ordered in 2004 and we intend to build our future growth on this great platform." P&WC made the new-engine announcement at this week's Heli-Expo.