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June 17, 2024

Pratt & Whitney Canada today announced plans to advance its hybrid-electric propulsion technology and flight demonstrator program as part of a $163M CAD investment, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec.

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Graham Webb is P&W Chief Sustainability Officer and has a great overview of the company’s projects pertaining to improving aviation sustainability. We spent some time with him to better understand how P&W is doing with its hybrid power solutions.

Arguably this year’s airshow is more about engines, especially electrical motors, than aircraft. The number of ideas and solutions being discussed and shown off is remarkable.  Most of these projects come from new entrants to the aviation arena.  The well established brands in the engine business have been busy. Here’s the story from P&W.

To our surprise it turns out there is more than one focused on aviation. Crucially we also found out the approach focuses on a 1Mw program that is directed at general aviation.  Read PT-6.  The other is much larger and focuses on a 20Mw solution applicable to single aisles.

As he explains the programs are far into development and testing.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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