There’s a green technology transformation underway in commercial aviation. The combined capabilities of Raytheon Technologies can play a significant role in that revolution, not just in Canada, but worldwide.
One of the key collaborations taking place inside the company is the electrification of flight. Experts are working to make hybrid-electric propulsion a reality for the next generation of commercial engines. Raytheon Technologies is uniquely positioned to lead aerospace in electrification in commercial aviation through the combination of Collins’ expertise in aviation electrical systems and Pratt & Whitney’s propulsion system manufacturing and integration capabilities.
Currently both Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace along with industry partners are working on a 163 million Canadian dollar project supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec to develop a regional aircraft-scale hybrid-electric demonstrator with De Havilland Aircraft of Canada. Pratt & Whitney will target ground testing in 2022, leading to flight testing of the demonstrator in 2024.
The new hybrid-electric propulsion technology will drive significant improvements in aircraft efficiency by optimising performance across the different phases of flight targeting 30% reduction in fuel and CO2 emissions for a regional airliner.
Another area of collaboration is on display aboard the Airbus A220 aircraft, which combines Pratt & Whitney’s fuel-efficient Geared Turbofan engine with avionics from Collins Aerospace that help pilots optimise their routes and air traffic controllers coordinate the skies, driving down unnecessary fuel burn and wasteful holding patterns.
“It’s not any one single thing in and of itself that’s going to make that transition to sustainable aviation,” Brunet said. “But collectively, these are areas that are certainly in the core competencies and capabilities of both Collins and Pratt & Whitney.”
Raytheon Technologies was also among the companies that worked as part of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada to help the Canadian government develop an aerospace strategy for its aviation sector. The result: Canada will contribute CA$2 billion in funding to research and development, with much of that going toward developing more sustainable technologies.
“There’s a lot of opportunity in Canada and ample room for us to grow,” Brunet said. “The government support given our industry, in combination with a well-trained and diverse workforce, well positions Canada as an attractive home for aerospace and defence business. It’s up to us to seize the day.”