DEPENDABLE PT6A ENGINE PROPELS LANCAIR EVOLUTION WITH MUSCLE AND RELIABILITY
The power you feel when the throttle opens on your Lancair Evolution aircraft sets pulses racing as the adept four-seater sweeps up and away to its destination. The power, performance and dependability of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A-135A engine have made it the preferred powerplant for the Evolution.
“When you are in a single-engine aircraft traveling at 300 knots, it’s good to have unwavering trust in your engine,” says Ryan Densham, Marketing Account Manager, General Aviation, P&WC. “No engine comes close to the reliability or performance of the PT6 family of engines. The PT6A is the only engine certified for commercial passenger IFR (instrument flight rules) in North America and Australia and we have been working with EASA for similar IFR flight certification in Europe.”
The numbers surrounding the PT6 engine family are nothing short of astounding. Introduced in December of 1963, 55,000 PT6 engines have been produced and 22,000 of them are still in operation. The engine powers more than 140 different applications. In terms of being the leader in its field, the PT6 has 400 million hours of flight – 90 percent more hours than any other engine in its category. This gives P&WC an extraordinary depth of view to its performance, dependability and maintenance best practices.
“While the history of the PT6 is remarkable, its future is also secured every day through repeated investments made in the engine,” says Densham. “We use our knowledge and experience to constantly innovate and build a better engine.”
The Largest Customer Support Network in the Business.
With safety and proper maintenance a theme of the upcoming 2016 LOBO/Lancair Landing in Fairhope, AL, PT6A owners can turn to P&WC’s global customer service network for support whenever and wherever needed. It is the largest such network in the world with 105 Field Support Representatives and an equal number of Mobile Repair Technicians. The network includes two Customer First Centres specializing in AOG resolution and some 30 P&WC-owned and affiliated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities strategically located on six continents. Fifteen hundred fixed-based operators (FBOs) worldwide support the P&WC product line; more than half provide dedicated maintenance support for PT6A engines.
“The PT6A-135A engine has a TBO of 3,600 hours so Lancair Evolution owners – most of whom are recreational operators – enjoy an exceptionally long flying window before requiring an engine overhaul,” says Densham.
Once the adrenalin of powerful acceleration has subsided, the Evolution’s passengers can settle into comfortable cruise mode, secure in knowing their flight is powered by the world’s most reliable engine.
LOBO thanks our major Landing sponsor Pratt & Whitney Canada. For more information visit www.pwc.ca/en/engines/pt6a.