The PT6 engine entered service in the mid-1960s. Since then, application of new technology has enabled low-cost development of engines approaching 1500 kW, the introduction of electronic controls, improved power-to-weight ratio, higher cycle temperature, and reduced specific fuel consumption. At the same time, PT6 field experience in business, commuter, helicopter, and trainer applications has resulted in engines with low Direct Operating Cost and a reputation for rugged design and a high standard of engine reliability. This paper will highlight some interesting examples of this technical evolution, including the development of electronic controls and the application of the latest three-dimensional aerodynamic and stress analysis to both compressor and turbine components.

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