Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced on May 23 that it had completed over 2,000 flight hours on its PurePower PW800 engine on the Gulfstream G500 test aircraft. The engine was certified by the FAA in February 2015 and its first flight was in May 2015.
Overall the PW800 has been subjected to more than 6,500 hours of full-engine testing and over 10,200 cycles. This includes more than 300 flights and over 2,500 flight test hours on P&WC’s advanced Boeing 747SP flying test bed and four Gulfstream G500 flight test aircraft. In total, the advanced common core technology, used in 15 PurePower applications, has amassed over 35,000 testing hours as well as successful runs in extreme operating and environmental conditions.
The PurePower PW800 uses a core technology shared with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower Geared Turbofan commercial aircraft engines. A key feature is its all-axial core architecture, enabling high operating pressure ratios and efficiencies needed for high-speed heavy business jets and numerous other technologies such as full authority digital engine control (FADEC).