Pratt & Whitney’s Columbus Engine Center (CEC) is leading the way for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) related activities on the PurePower Geared Turbofan. Pratt & Whitney will support customers and their engines through its EngineWise, engine care programme.
“As the first facility in the world to maintain PW1000G engines, significant investments have been made in the Columbus Engine Center over the last several years to ensure that it has the infrastructure, tooling and trained workforce necessary for success,” said Chris Calio, president, Commercial Engines.
“Our mission is to provide unmatched services to Pratt & Whitney’s customers around the world and CEC is doing just that.”
New investments in the facility have resulted in addition of new GTF engine facilities to support disassembly, inspection, assembly and test capabilities, a new test facility adjacent to the existing test cell as well as a 200,000-square-foot facility to overhaul GTF engines, expected to open in mid-2018.
The engine center, which opened in 1996 to overhaul Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines, currently services both PW1100G-JM and PW1500G engines as well as PW2000, F117 and F100 engines through Pratt & Whitney’s EngineWise service brand.
“Over the last few years, our facility has transformed significantly to prepare for the historic GTF ramp up and ensure we are able to meet customer demands,” said Tom Bode, general manager, Columbus Engine Center. “It was truly a team effort to set-up GTF MRO capabilities here and we are genuinely excited to work an engine that is transforming aviation.”
Other GTF MRO providers in the network include MTU Aero Engines, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and Lufthansa Technik.