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Canada’s airworthiness authority certifies PW306D: MTU holds a 25 percent stake
Munich, June 14, 2013 – The PW306D is the latest addition to Pratt & Whitney Canada’s successful PW300 engine family. Now Transport Canada Civil Aviation has approved type certification for the turbofan. MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer, has a 25-percent work share in the PW306D. “This is MTU’s highest stake in any of the engine programs in which we participate. We have been partnering with Pratt & Whitney Canada on most of this engine family since 1985 and are very pleased to have a share also in this, the latest version of the engine,” explained MTU Aero Engines CEO Egon Behle.
The PW306D builds on the PW306C and has been developed to power Cessna’s upgraded, new Citation Sovereign business jet, which has just made its first production flight. MTU contributes the complete three-stage low-pressure turbine, the turbine exit case and the mixer. Improvements to the new engine over its predecessor include enhanced aerodynamics, lower fuel consumption and a modified engine control unit. It took a mere two years to go from the start of development in 2011 to type certification.
The PW300 family of engines, among them the PW305, PW306 and PW307 models, offer proven reliability and durability. The propulsion systems power business jets, such as the Learjet 60, the Gulfstream G200, the Hawker 1000, the Dassault Falcon 7X, and the Fairchild Dornier 328JET.
About MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines, Germany's leading and the country's only independent engine manufacturer, is an established global player in the industry. It engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, manufacturing processes, and repair techniques. In the commercial maintenance area, MTU Maintenance is the world's largest independent provider of engine maintenance services. In the military arena, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the country's military. MTU operates affiliates around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters. In fiscal 2012, the company had a workforce of some 8,500 employees and posted consolidated sales of some 3.4 billion euros. In early March this year, the company won the German Industry’s 32nd Innovation Award, and in April, it was honored with the German Innovation Award. In both instances, MTU received the recognition for the geared turbofan™ engine’s high-speed low-pressure turbine.