Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is looking for aircraft owners and pilots to help refine the technology for the company’s new oil debris monitoring technology, which is in the final stages of development.
“We are seeking ‘early adopters’ from among our business aviation customers to participate in the trial to support the final calibration of this technology across our turbofan and PT6A engine models,” said Timothy Swail, Vice President, Customer Programs, P&WC. “Our oil analysis technology has shown its potential to take engine diagnostics and prognostics to the next level of precision and efficacy to drive enhanced aircraft availability, reduce costs and enable preventive, on-condition maintenance environments.”
The new technology detects minute particles within engine oil, allowing for the identification of deterioration in specific oil-wetted components well before a potential event occurs without having to remove the engine, according to company officials.
P&WC is asking business aviation customers to join the technology trial by contacting their field service representative. They will be asked to collect oil samples at regular intervals and ship them to P&WC for analysis, with expenses paid by P&WC.
Participants will have the opportunity to receive reports, for information purposes only, with oil analysis results and technology updates at no cost during the trial.
“With more than 14,000 P&WC turbofan engines and over 15,000 PT6A engines flying, there is an opportunity to significantly extend time on wing and transform unscheduled events into scheduled events, helping customers save time, reduce costs and optimize maintenance planning,” said Swail.