OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN--(Marketwired - July 28, 2013) - AIRVENTURE - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is in the midst of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first delivery of its iconic PT6 engine, an engine that has helped to change the face of modern aviation. P&WC is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
"The PT6 engine has played an integral role in building P&WC into a global company and a true leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aircraft engines," says Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation, P&WC. "We are very proud of how the PT6 engine has evolved. We've injected new technology into every version of the engine, making today's engines lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than they have ever been."
To celebrate the engine's 50th anniversary, P&WC is holding special events at air shows throughout 2013. The engine's dedicated website, http://www.pt6nation.com/en/, is playing a big part in the celebrations. It features a series of articles on the PT6 engine that focus on its remarkable pedigree and the people behind its success. The site offers articles on the tremendous history behind the PT6 engine and a number of PT6-related interactive initiatives, including a newly-launched mobile application designed to give P&WC's 10,000 engine operators instant access to a host of services on all makes and models of wireless handheld, tablet or laptop devices. A one-of-a-kind video has also been produced and is available on YouTube.
Overall, the company's PT6 Nation social media channels (PT6Nation.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) are now more popular than ever, with over 50,000 fans and followers worldwide. P&WC will be attending the upcoming EAA AirVenture (EAA) aviation and annual membership convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, held from July 29 to August 4. The P&WC booth (# 2132, Hangar B) will be staffed by engine and aftermarket experts to answer questions from customers and EAA participants. Engines on display will include the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65. Additionally, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, 10 PT6-powered aircraft will be displayed in the heart of EAA Conoco Phillips Plaza, during PT6 Engine Celebration Day on Wednesday, July 31.
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This year's course will start at Mount Vernon Airport (MVN) in Illinois, include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh.