FAA Certifies All Pratt & Whitney CFM56-3 Engine Life Limited Parts

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney received the remaining three Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) approvals. The three STCs certify Global Material Solutions life-limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine high-pressure compressor, high-pressure turbine, and low-pressure turbine; in total GMS has certified 19 CFM56-3 engine life limited parts. Each part is certified with FAA Chapter 5 life limits equal to the original type certificate holder. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

The FAA's STC process requires an applicant to meet all regulations required of a type certificate holder. The three Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) come less than two months after the program's initial STC approval for the engine fan and booster. The initial Global Material Solutions STC approval was the first FAA certification granted for alternative life limited engine parts.

"Pratt & Whitney now has four STC approvals certifying all 19 life limited parts for the CFM56-3 engine. These STC approvals are a significant achievement," said Matthew Bromberg, vice president and general manager, Global Material Solutions. "We will now focus on leveraging Pratt & Whitney's OEM capability and quality to meet customer demand."

Global Material Solutions, which was publicly launched in February 2006, is an industry-revolutionizing initiative delivering Pratt & Whitney OEM-quality life-limited and gas-path parts for the CFM56-3 engine at a competitive price. All Global Materials Solutions parts are expected to enter service later this year.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

CFM and CFM56 are trademarks of CFM International.

SOURCE Pratt & Whitney