4/17/2008 - LONGUEUIL, Quebec – Pratt & Whitney
Canada announced today that it will concentrate its
flight test operations in a new world-class centre at
Montreal-Mirabel International Airport. The new global
hub represents an investment of about $90 million.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is a United
Technologies Corp. company.
“Establishing this single, state-of-the-art facility
will improve our competitiveness and support flight
testing for the complete range of Pratt & Whitney
engines, from turboprops to turbofans up to 90,000
pounds of thrust,” said Benoît Brossoit, Senior Vice
President, Service Centres & Operations, P&WC.
“We have recently won several competitions to supply
engines for new aircraft, and we need to evolve our
flight test operations to support this growth.”
Flight test operations positions currently located in
Plattsburgh, New York, and Saint-Hubert, Quebec will
be transferred to Mirabel. This will create more than
75 highly skilled jobs at the new facility, including
test engineers and specialized technicians. An
additional 100 indirect jobs are also expected to be
created for the construction of the new facility and
the maintenance of aircraft.
P&WC’s new Mirabel flight test centre will
require the temporary use of an existing facility,
starting in the fall of 2008, while the construction
of a new 164,000-square-foot facility is completed.
This new facility will feature two bays for the
company’s test aircraft, allowing for the testing of a
full range of development engines.
P&WC will operate two Boeing B747SP test aircraft
by the time the new flight test facility in Mirabel is
completed in the spring of 2009. These aircraft are
currently being upgraded and modified with the
necessary test equipment.
Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, a 24/7
all-cargo airport, is located in a non-urban area and
has a runway capable of handling very large aircraft
such as the Boeing 747. “Mirabel gives us access to
efficient world-class infrastructures to meet our
growing flight test needs for years to come, and is
also close to a critical mass of major aerospace
companies,” said Brossoit.
P&WC’s corporate shuttle service will continue to
operate out of St-Hubert Airport, where it is enjoying
a steady increase in employee passenger volume. The
company’s St-Hubert plant has also recently been
expanded with the opening of a new assembly line for
PT6T Twin-Pac® helicopter engines. It is one of the
company’s major engine overhaul and repair centres,
concentrating on PW100 and PT6 engine families, and
employs about 800 people.
Source: Pratt & Whitney Press Release