2015 a Milestone Year for P&WC as the PW300 Turbofan Engine Turns 25 and More
It is the engine family that powers more mid-sized jets than any other turbofan in the world. For more than 25 years, Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC's) PW300 turbofan engines have been making their mark on the mid-size business jet market powering aircraft from global leaders such as Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker.
Along with its 25th anniversary, 2015 marks two other major milestones for the PW300, including the 10-year anniversary of the PW307A’s certification and the 10-year anniversary of the first flight of Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 7X, which is powered by three PW307A engines.
“These important achievements set the stage for the great things to come from our PW300 family,” said Mike Perodeau, Vice President, Marketing responsible for business aviation and military programs at P&WC. “When we commenced the PW300’s development in the 1980s the world economy was far from stable, yet this did not stifle our vision or stop us from building the most technologically advanced engine in the 4,700-8,000-pound thrust class – an engine family that continues to deliver exceptional performance and value in both the medium and large cabin markets.”
Prized in the 4,700- to 8,000-lb thrust class for its standard-setting fuel efficiency, outstanding reliability and operating economics, the PW300 is a pillar in the business jet sector. Among its many accomplishments, the PW300 engine introduced full authority digital engine control (FADEC) technology and has accumulated over 13 million flying hours with more than 3,600 PW300 engines flying worldwide today.
PW307A: Tenth Anniversary of Engine Certification and the First Flight of the Falcon 7X
In March 2005, the PW307A received Transport Canada Type Certification and made business jet history as the engine to power the Dassault Falcon 7X business jet. The Falcon 7X’s maiden flight took place two months later in May 2005.
P&WC developed the Falcon 7X integrated power plant system (IPPS), which includes three PW307A engines and their nacelle systems. The 6,400-pound-thrust PW307A engine incorporates several advanced technologies including an innovative shock-management fan for increased flow capacity; powdered-metal high-pressure turbine disks for improved efficiency; and a TALON™ low-emissions combustor. The engine is renowned for its exceptional performance and reliability as well as its high thrust-to-weight ratio and fuel efficiency.
"The Falcon 7X was the first tri-engine business jet we powered with our PW307A engines and we are thrilled with the continued success of the program,” said Perodeau. "The entire PW300 engine family continues to lead its class in performance and efficiency – a testament to the vision and forward thinking of its original engineering team more than 25 years ago.”
A Game-Changing Business jet Engine: Latest Developments
Latest PW300 powered programs to enter service include Cessna’s Citation Sovereign+ and Latitude powered by the PW306D and D1 and the Dassault Falcon 2000LXS powered by the PW308C.
Cessna delivered its first Citation Latitudes on September 2, 2015, less than three months after the midsize business jet received US certification. P&WC PW306D1-powered Latitude is positioned between Cessna Citation’s XLS+ and the Sovereign+.
On May 19, 2014, P&WC announced that the new PW307D turbofan engine was selected to power the Dassault Falcon 8X tri-engine ultra-long-range business jet. In February of this year, the ultra-long range Falcon 8X successfully completed its first flight a little more than one month after rollout. The PW307D builds on the capabilities of the PW307A engine including a five percent increase of thrust at take-off as well as reductions in fuel consumption.
“The same strategy upon which the first PW300 engines were built 25 years ago – design the most robust technology platform and then develop new high performance variants that continue to set benchmarks in the industry – still endures today with great success,” said Perodeau. “We look forward to our PW300 engine family continuing to push the power and performance envelope with new advancements over the next 25 years.”