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P&WC, Rolls-Royce open GLACIER ice testing facility

Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls-Royce celebrated the opening of their joint venture Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research in Thompson, Manitoba on Oct. 29. The new facility specializes in ice tests for civil aerospace engine certification and can accommodate the largest aircraft engines in use today and will support the future growth of gas turbine engines of up to 150,000 lb. thrust with fan diameters of up to 140 in., Pratt said.

The facility was constructed by Ottawa-based MDS and will be operated and maintained by MDS AeroTest in Thompson. It represents a total investment of C$42 million ($41.2 million), supported in part by the Province of Manitoba through a C$9 million repayable loan, Western Economic Diversification Canada (C$8.4 million) and the National Research Council of Canada (C$5 million). The balance of the investment was covered by the GLACIER JV partners.

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Posted by: Air Transport World Magazine