MRO Management

Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrates 50th anniversary of West Virginia facility

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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its MRO facility – Pratt & Whitney Engines Services (PWES) – in Bridgeport, West Virginia, USA, this week.

Pratt & Whitney Canada opened its PWES facility in 1971 to overhaul PT6T TwinPac helicopter engines, but it now serves as the MRO centre of excellence for turbofan engines. The facility also provides MRO for PT6A engines – including those which power the U.S. Air Force/ Navy JPATS military trainer programme.

“Our facility in Bridgeport has evolved over the years to accommodate changes within the industry and our new engine lines,” said P&WC’s vice president, customer service Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam.

“Today the facility employs some 400 people and overhauls between 500 and 600 engines every year. The facility, and the calibre of employees it consistently attracts, make it a jewel in our global customer service network.”

The facility also has the ability to overhaul PT6 E-Series engines, which recently entered into service on the Pilatus PC-12 NGX.

PWES’ general manager Tim Tucker commented: “In 2019, the company announced a $30 million investment to add a new MRO line for the PW800 engine which powers the Gulfstream G500 and G600 business jets.

“The new line is now fully operational and we have been completing retrofits on specific engines, and we are waiting for the first PW800 engine overhaul.”

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