Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206B3 engine, chosen to power the Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3, has received certification from Transport Canada and is expected to enter service in the first quarter of 2015. The engine design, based on the PW206B2, features an automatic start and automatic sharing between both engines.
The PW206B3 is the most recent addition to the PW200 family, which was launched in the 1990s. These engines carry 600 to 700 shp for the light twin market.
“We have five programs for the PW200 program, and today we’ve produced over 4,000 of those engines,” Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing, told Rotor & Wing during a recent trip to a Pratt & Whitney Media Day. These programs include the Airbus Helicopters EC135, AgustaWestland AW109, Bell 427, MD Helicopters MD900 and the Kazan (Russian Helicopters) Ansat.
As far as the certification process goes, Dussault noted that P&WC's "engine organization is very good, working with Transport Canada and establishing certification testing, certification guidelines and being able to take a product and certify it and bring it into market. So we have a very well-established, oiled machine that does it very proficiently.”
Read more about Pratt & Whitney Canada and the PW200 series here.