50,000th PT6 Engine Produced by Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney has produced its 50,000th PT6 turboprop engine – a feat unmatched in the industry, according to company officials. The company made the announcement during NBAA’s Virtual Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition.
The company said that there are more than 25,000 PT6-family engines operating presently, with more than 410 million flight hours accumulated. The engine family has more than 130 applications.
“This production milestone is unmatched in the industry,” said Irene Makris, Pratt & Whitney vice president of sales and marketing. “The achievement sits as the collective cornerstone of Pratt & Whitney in General Aviation. With the PT6 E-Series engine now at the forefront, we remain committed to pushing innovation as we’ve been doing since the very beginning.”
The PT6 ran for the first time in 1960, and entered service in 1964. Pratt & Whitney offers more than 70 PT6A models, ranging from 500 SHP to over 1,900 SHP. The PT6 E-Series, the latest addition to the PT6 line, launched in October 2019 and powers the Pilatus PC-12NGX.