Pratt & Whitney features Geared Turbofan™ and Wasp engines as sponsor of Aerospace Maintenance Competition

April 9, 2018
  • Two Pratt & Whitney teams to compete in competition
  • $50,000 grant to be awarded to Aerospace Maintenance Council
  • Winning student team to receive scholarships at Pratt & Whitney Training Center

Pratt & Whitney's revolutionary Geared Turbofan (GTF) and iconic Wasp engines will be featured at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) at the 2018 MRO Americas Conference, being held April 10-12, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. More than 72 teams from eight countries, including two Pratt & Whitney teams, one of which is comprised of women only, will put their skills and teamwork to the test across a variety of maintenance tasks. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp.

"Pratt & Whitney's legacy of innovation, revolutionizing aviation and building dependable engines began with the Wasp in 1925 and continues today with the Geared Turbofan engines," said John Koza, a Pratt & Whitney flight safety investigator, who is also an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic. "For the second year in a row, we are proud to be part of a competition that recognizes and celebrates the skills of current and future aircraft maintenance technicians."

"It's great to have two teams representing Pratt & Whitney this year, and I'm looking forward to watching the competition," said Mary Anne Cannon, vice president, Commercial Programs, Pratt & Whitney and executive sponsor of the competition. "The Aerospace Maintenance Council has a strong focus on safety in the aerospace industry, and that is a core value at Pratt & Whitney."

Certified aircraft maintenance technicians from major airlines, maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations and original equipment manufacturers -- as well as military personnel and students in FAA Part 147 schools, compete against each other on a series of maintenance skills.

In support of current and future aircraft maintainers, Pratt & Whitney will also award a grant of $50,000 to the Aerospace Maintenance Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the aerospace maintenance community and runs the AMC as its flagship event. Additionally, the winning student team will receive training scholarships to the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center in East Hartford, Connecticut.