Pratt & Whitney’s 3rd Global Training Centre in Hyderabad. The Global leader of manufacture and design service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units opening its customer training centre Campus in Hyderabad, Which would be complete in 9 months.
The centre will come up on two acres of land at GMR aerospace park. This the global major’s 3rd training centre in the world after the ones in US and China. In Hyderabad, this is the 2nd such training centre, after the one developed by CFM International.
“Pratt & Whitney recognises India’s potential as a major aviation hub. The Hyderabad centre will make world-class aerospace training available in India,” said Bruce Hall, General Manager – Customer Training, Pratt & Whitney. All engine maker provide training credits to airlines when they supplies new engines. Till now, airlines used to sponsor their personnel to travel to US to take training. Now, with the centre airlines will cut costs and train them in Hyderabad.
At the centre, aircraft engineers and technicians from the company’s customers will be trained on current and new engine models. Almost all airlines operating in India are among PW’s clients. Initially, training would be provided on V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines, with scope for adding other Pratt & Whitney engines flying in the region and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family and will also include specialised trainings such as general familiarisation, line & base maintenance and borescope inspection.
The Centre will have a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which would gradually increase to 10,000 student days (Sum total of days all students spend at the centre) per year. Over last few years, Hyderabad has emerged as a promising aerospace investment destination and is evolving as an aviation hub.
However, not enough training facilities are around. “We do not have enough trained manpower to support the aviation growth in India and we will leverage the infrastructure to bridge the talent gap,” said Palash Roy Chowdhury, country manager – Pratt & Whitney, UTC India . He added the centre would impart entry-level courses and refresher courses as well as provide certification. Aircraft engineers need certification on specific type of engine and aircraft. The setting up of training centre in India is an important development as it will save costs for airlines.
Engineers need to undergo class-room and on-job training, and need to pass examination before securing an endorsement on their licence from the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). Air India has its own training centre where its instructors train engineers. For the initial training, its engineers were sent to the US. Jet Airways, too, has a training facility. The P&W facility in Hyderabad is expected to train engineers from new and small airlines from India and abroad.
At present, over 300 aircraft in India use engines made by P&W and International Aero Engines (a joint venture company in which P&W is an important stakeholder). The company will be supplying the geared turbofan engines for another 300 Airbus and Embraer planes ordered by GoAir, IndiGo and Air Costa.
At present, a large fleet of aircraft in India use engines made by Pratt & Whitney and IAE International Aero Engines AG (a consortium in which Pratt & Whitney is a majority shareholder). The company will also supply the PurePower® Geared Turbofan engines for Airbus and Embraer aircraft ordered by GoAir, IndiGo and Air Costa. The GTF engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise and emissions with the highest level of maturity of the new generation of advanced commercial engines being developed in the industry.
While Mr Roy Chowdhury declined to share the total investment for the Hyderabad centre, an estimate PW made 2 years ago put their planned investment then at $50 million for both an aircraft engine components facility and a training centre.