RTX’s Pratt & Whitney Canada surpasses 25 million PT6A flying hours on Textron Aviation’s Cessna Caravan

The Cessna Caravan and its powerplant share iconic status in general aviation with thousands of owners and enthusiasts worldwide during the last 40 years

two cessna caravans in flight
The Textron Aviation Cessna Caravan, powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Engine.

LAKELAND, Fla. (April 10, 2024) – Pratt & Whitney Canada today celebrates a milestone achievement of the PT6A engine, surpassing 25 million flight hours and 40 years of powering the Cessna Caravan turboprop family for Textron Aviation. Pratt & Whitney is an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business.

“The Cessna Caravan continues to define adventure and flying freedom, and the pairing between this family of aircraft and the PT6A engine is legendary,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “From the day it was certified in 1984, the Cessna Caravan has proven itself to be a highly versatile, multi-mission aircraft with a low-cost of operation.” 

The PT6 family of engines has been the go-to powerplant for general aviation and helicopters for more than six decades. Today's PT6 engine is up to four time more powerful, has a 50% improved power-to-weight ratio, and up to 20% better specific fuel consumption compared to the original engine. Since the PT6 engine was introduced in 1963, this engine family has been used to power more than 155 different aircraft models and has flown more than 500 million hours. The engine architecture excels at powering demanding, high-cycle/high-power aircraft in single- and twin-engine configurations. It is the world’s most versatile turboprop and helicopter engine family.

Read more about Pratt & Whitney’s history of innovation here.

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About Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. To learn more, visit www.prattwhitney.com.

About RTX
With more than 185,000 global employees, RTX pushes the limits of technology and science to redefine how we connect and protect our world. Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – we are advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges. The company, with 2023 sales of $69 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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