Pratt and Whitney Canada, one of the global leaders in aerospace technologies, is introducing their PT6B-37A engine to China, in order to power twenty-five new Agusta Westland QW119Kx Helicopters.
The helicopters, which will be used for emergency medical purposes, are provided by defense company Finmeccanica through a contract with Sino-US. Over the course of the next two years, a total of sixty Agusta helicopters will be delivered under this contract to the medical team. Pratt and Whitney executives were delighted to be selected for this opportunity.
"The selection of the PT6B-37A-powered AW119 helicopters speaks to P&WC's quality, reliability and seamless customer service experience,"
said Vice President, Marketing, P&WC Irene Makris,
"We are thrilled and honored to be a key part of supporting Finmeccanica, Sino-US and the operator Kingwing - in the business of EMS missions, responding to emergencies and saving lives."
This engine type is one of the most popular in the world for turboprop aircraft. This version of it is based off the highly-acclaimed PT6T-3D Twin-Pac engine. It has recently been upgraded to increase its time between overhauls by 50%. There are electronic engine control systems installed on it, which give it the ability to govern the rotor no matter the conditions. This engine uses the same turbo machine
Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd, an emergency medical service company, will operate the helicopters. They have created a dedicated project called China Helicopter Air Ambulance, which helps out the Chinese emergency medical service sector.
This family of engines powers the most helicopters of any engine in the same power class. Currently, the engines are used in 115 countries, and there are over 5,000 PT6 turboshaft engines in operation. The combined total flight time of the engines exceeds 400 million flying hours.