Pratt & Whitney Canada Tests Phenom 300 Engine

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The Pratt & Whitney PW535E that will power Embraer's new Phenom 300 light jet was successfully test-run and achieved its full thrust at 3,360 lbs. at PWC's Longueil, Quebec facility, the company announced at NBAA this week. Company officials said the project is on time, and that will allow Embraer to maintain its development schedule on the Phenom. PWC predicts the engine will be certified by the end of the year. "The PW535E development program is progressing very well, as confirmed by this key milestone," said Dan Breitman, PWC's Vice President of Turbofan Development. The Canadian engine maker also inked a big deal with very light jet air taxi pioneer DayJet.

PWC will provide maintenance and support for the PW600 series turbofan that will power the Eclipse. DayJet has ordered up to 1,400 of the very light jets to operate a point-to-point air taxi service. "This is a breakthrough agreement for PWC, as DayJet introduces its innovative per-seat, on-demand jet service to the market," said Raffaele Virgili, Vice President of Service Centers for Pratt & Whitney.