FAST(TM) Technology Offers a Single Solution for Managing All Engine Performance Data

Sun Mar 3, 2013 12:38pm EST

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HELI-EXPO - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has launched Automatic Power
Assurance Check (APAC) to run on its FAST(TM) (Flight data Acquisition
Storage and Transmission System) engine diagnostic solution for
P&WC-powered helicopters. APAC will give operators an end-to-end
application for managing all helicopter engine performance data. The
announcement was made during the Helicopter Association International
(HAI) HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Nev. P&WC is a United Technologies
Corporation company (NYSE:UTX).

    FAST(TM) measures the engine's performance parameters, automatically
calculates the power assurance check and makes the information available
to the pilot. At the end of every mission, the diagnostic, trend and
power assurance data is sent wirelessly to an appointed Designated
Analysis Centre (DAC) that uses WebECTM(TM) for trending and notification
of the engine's performance. This will eliminate the need for manual
power assurance checks and manual data downloads saving both time and
money. Customers can also choose where and how they wish to be notified
of their engine's performance data. 

    "Because FAST(TM) integrates all performance metrics into a single
hardware and software solution it has considerable appeal in the
helicopter industry," said Raffaele Virgili, Vice-President, Customer
Service, P&WC. 

    "With FAST(TM), operators can predictively plan their maintenance
sessions. Because the system provides early detection, preventive
maintenance can be conducted without affecting dispatch availability. It
also provides timely post-flight event review, which enables
determination of an aircraft's immediate availability."

    The FAST(TM) system is optimized to work with WebECTM(TM), used by the
designated analysis centres to provide a complete hands-off end-to-end
solution, from acquisition to automated and data-analysis triggered event
alerts, monthly reports or easy web access to the data and analysis.
WebECTM(TM) is the only tool that uses P&WC-provided analytical equations
and processes that are optimized for P&WC's engines. 

    FAST(TM) is unique in that it goes beyond traditional diagnostics,
prognostics and trend monitoring; the product can also acquire, store and
transmit data from the Flight Data Recorder thus allowing for customer
review of full-flight helicopter flight data monitoring. This represents
a competitive advantage for operators of helicopters powered by P&WC

    Customer service 

    P&WC has built the largest, most comprehensive customer service network
in the industry around its 10,000 customers who operate in 200 countries.

    Through its Customer First Centres in Montreal and Singapore, P&WC is
always just a call or click away, providing unparalleled technical
support. The P&WC network includes 30-owned or designated repair and
overhaul facilities, seven parts distribution centres, approximately 100
Field Support Representatives, 100 mobile repair team (MRT) technicians
ready to be dispatched at a moment's notice, and 800 rental/exchange
engines. P&WC offers customer training through FlightSafety
International, which has 12 locations around the world. P&WC offers
comprehensive Pay-per-Hour service for fleet operators and business and
general aviation customers, with more than 7,500 engines currently
enrolled in P&WC-backed hourly cost programs, including the ESP(R) and
FMP(R) programs.

    P&WC also offers the repair and overhaul of accessories, the repair of
components and the sale of new, exchange and used serviceable parts.
Advanced diagnostics help operators advance towards a totally planned
operating environment. 

    Come and see us at HELI-EXPO, booth N3718: Interested operators are
invited to drop by P&WC's booth to speak with a customer service

    About Pratt & Whitney Canada 

    Founded in 1928, and a global leader in aerospace, P&WC is shaping the
future of aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Based in
Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United
Technologies Corporation company (UTC). UTC is a diversified company that
provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the
global aerospace and building systems industries.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada
Anna di Giorgio
Helicopter and regional aviation markets
514-244-4756 / @anna_pwc

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