Pratt & Whitney Features PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Engine as Major Sponsor of 2017 Aerospace Maintenance Competition

  • Five-member Pratt & Whitney team to compete in competition
  • $50,000 grant to be awarded to Aerospace Maintenance Council
  • Winning student team to receive scholarships at Pratt & Whitney Training Center

Pratt & Whitney's revolutionary PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine will be featured at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) at the 2017 MRO Americas Conference, being held April 24-27, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. At the competition, more than 60 teams from seven countries, including a five-member Pratt & Whiney team, will put their knowledge, skills and teamwork to the test across a variety of maintenance tasks. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

"As part of the competition, participants will be required to perform two engine maintenance tasks on our GTF engine," said John Koza, a Pratt & Whitney flight safety investigator, who also is an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. "We're looking forward to showing how straightforward the GTF engine is to maintain."

In addition to the dramatic fuel and emissions benefits, the GTF engine has a maintenance-friendly design, including fewer stages and parts, and borescope ports in every stage allowing for more efficient line maintenance.

"This competition also recognizes and celebrates the skills and integrity of current and future aircraft maintenance technicians, as well as their contribution to operational reliability while achieving the highest standard of safety," Koza said.

The competition provides certified aircraft maintenance technicians from major airlines, maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations and original equipment manufacturers - as well as military personnel and students in FAA Part 147 schools - the chance to test their skills against their peers.

In support of current and future aircraft maintainers, Pratt & Whitney will also award a grant of $50,000 to the Aerospace Maintenance Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the aerospace maintenance community and runs the AMC as its flagstone event. Additionally, the winning student team will receive training scholarships to the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center, in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

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