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Transport Canada certifies Pratt & Whitney’s CSeries engine

Engine-maker logs 4,000 hours of testing on Boeing 747 test plane to earn approval.


MONTREAL—Transport Canada has certified Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan engine that will power Bombardier’s new CSeries aircraft.

The US-based engine manufacturer has conducted more than 4,000 hours of testing since September 2010, including 340 hours of flight testing on a Boeing 747 flight test airplane.

The PW1500G engines type certified through Transport Canada were assembled at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Aerospace Centre, north of Montreal.

Each aircraft will be powered by two engines, which use an advanced gear system to allow its fans to operate at a different speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine.

The 110- to 149-seat CSeries is partially made from advanced composite materials that promise to deliver a 15% reduction in cash operating costs and a 20% fuel burn reduction.

©The Canadian Press