ORLANDO, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) PT6Nation.com now counts 31,900 followers across all platforms. The announcement was made during the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) 65th annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida. As part of its ongoing customer outreach efforts, in December 2010 P&WC launched PT6 Nation, an online community of PT6 operators, pilots and enthusiasts. An electronic kiosk featuring PT6Nation is located in the P&WC booth (Booth 3160) where attendees can take a tour of the microsite and register to become members. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX).
Since launching December 1, 2010, PT6Nation has:
-- 90,630 unique visitors to www.PT6Nation.com;
-- 2,050 registered PT6Nation citizens;
-- 23,000 Facebook fans; and
-- 6,850 Twitter followers.
"PT6Nation complements P&WC's global customer service vision. It gives us a new way to connect with customers, learn more about how they are operating our product in the field, and deliver customized, flexible support to keep them flying," explained Denis Parisien, vice-president, general aviation products, P&WC.
The PT6A's core technology has been developed and reshaped since it was first launched, redefining the possibilities of flight, making single-engine IFR possible and propelling the industry forward. Parisien also reminded the audience that P&WC's PT6 engine, now available in 130 applications for business, commuter, utility and trainer aircraft, will be celebrating a significant milestone in December 2013: the 50th anniversary of the first PT6 engine delivery to Beech Aircraft on December 22, 1963.
Parisien teased the crowd when he remarked: "The countdown is on, so be on the lookout for celebrations throughout the coming year."
The first PT6 engine model was launched 49 years ago as Canada's first small gas turbine engine and has continued to evolve with customer needs and through the application of innovative technology. Known around the world for its reliability and durability, the PT6 has captured more than 130 applications for helicopters and business, commuter, utility and trainer aircraft. With more than 49,000 engines delivered, and more than 378 million hours flown, the PT6 is the world's most popular engine in its class. Compared to the first PT6A model, today's family is up to 4 times more powerful, with a 40% better power-to-weight ratio and up to 20% better specific fuel consumption (SFC).
Come and see us at NBAA, booth no. 3160
Interested operators are invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service representative.
We never forget that your engine has our name on it. So we work to keep it flying efficiently and reliably. P&WC has built the largest, most comprehensive customer service network in the industry around its 10,000 customers who operate in 200 countries.
Through its Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore, P&WC is always just a call or click away, providing unparalleled technical support. The P&WC network includes 30-owned or designated repair and overhaul facilities, seven parts distribution centres, 100 Field Support Representatives, mobile repair teams, 800 rental/exchange engines and 12 customer training facilities operated through FlightSafety International. P&WC offers comprehensive Pay-per-Hour service for fleet operators and business and general aviation customers, with more than 7500 engines currently enrolled in P&WC-backed hourly cost programs, including the ESP(R) and FMP(R) programs.
P&WC also offers repair and overhaul of components and accessories, and the sale of new, exchange and used serviceable parts. Advanced diagnostics are also offered, moving operators towards a totally planned operating environment.
About Pratt & Whitney Canada
Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. There are currently more than 49,000 engines in service on more than 28,000 aircraft. Every second, a P&WC-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. P&WC's engines, with more than 600 million hours in the air, are an industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. P&WC is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.
Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE:UTX). UTC is a diversified company providing high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries