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December 9, 2021

Pratt & Whitney engine selected to power amphibious aircraft

Photo | Contributed A PT6A-67F turboprop engine.

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a branch of the East Hartford-based aerospace manufacturer, announced this week that Amphibian Aerospace Industries Pty Ltd. has selected the company’s PT6A-67F turboprop engine to power its twin-engine G-111T amphibious aircraft.

The new engines will be installed as part of a supplemental type certificate (STC) upgrade program. The original G-111 aircraft was powered by piston engines. Pratt & Whitney Canada’s General Aviation Vice President Nicholas Kanellias said the company was happy to help with the “modernization” of the aircraft.

“The PT6A-67F engines, each with 1,700 mechanical shaft horsepower, will provide the G-111T with superior performance, greater range and the benchmark reliability and dependability characteristics that are common to PT6A-powered aircraft,” Kanellias said in a statement this week.

Officials from Pratt said the PT6A family of engines has had 425 million flying hours across its 50 years of operation.

Amphibian Aerospace Industries Chairman Khoa Hoang said their company’s G-111T aircraft is “the only large transport category amphibious aircraft for passenger, cargo and utility in the marketplace.”

“Because of its ability to land and take-off from both land and water, the G-111T is ideal for use in inland rivers, ocean rescue, mountainous terrain and tropic river basins,” Hoang said.

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