Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Mirabel Operations - AirInsight
The PW800 is in full production in Mirabel
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April 26, 2018 - AirInsight by Ernest S. Arvai
Pratt & Whitney Canada has a major operation at Mirabel Airport north of Montreal where they build the PW800 engine and also builds other models of the PW1000 series geared turbofan for the C Series, Embraer E2s, and forthcoming Mitsubishi RJ, Airbus A320neo, and Irkut MS-21. That operation is also home to the Pratt & Whitney's engine testing program, with two Boeing 747SPs in the fleet.
We recently had the opportunity to tour the flight test operations in Mirabel and to discuss in more detail the PW800 engine, which powers the Gulfstream G500 and G600, and has been recently selected for the Falcon 6X.
The company currently operates two Boeing 747SP aircraft that have been extensively modified for engine test work. These aircraft have two different test positions; one SP with a pylon attached to the upper fuselage utilized to test small engines (pictured top) and the other SP with engine position number 3 on the wing to test larger engines.