Pratt & Whitney Canada has christened its new global flight-test operations centre at Montreal Mirabel International airport. A first phase of development is designed to support testing for engines with up to 90,000lb of thrust (400kN).
The centre houses two Boeing 747SPs (one of which is below) that are now flying testbeds to
simulate flight conditions and collect data. Phase two, scheduled for
completion in spring 2011, includes construction of a highly advanced
assembly and test facility to support the PW1534G powering the
Bombardier CSeries and the PW800 featured on the next generation of
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