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Engine Projects

Having been involved in the majority of significant propulsion system installation projects undertaken in Canada this century, both as a Transport Canada National Aircraft Certification technical expert and as an Industry Consultant, manager, and employee, our DAR, Chris Baczynski, stands ready to help YOU!

Pratt & Whitney PW800 Turbofan Family

The PW800 series turbofan engine family was the biggest single investment in Pratt & Whitney Canada history and the most powerful Canadian civilian engine design. The initial models (certified concurrently) PW814 and 815 power the Gulfstream 500 and 600 aircraft. Further derivative models power other business jets, including Dassault Falcon 6X.

Chris was Transport Canada Lead engine specialist for the initial certification of this product family. Working closely with the talented P&WC program DAA team, Chris was involved in practically all certification work on the program, from the compliance plan to testing, review of analyses and technical reports, and the FAA and EASA validations of the engine.
PW1500 Geared Turbofan

The PW1500 program was the first Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine to be certified. While designed primarily in the USA, its initial certification was via Transport Canada instead of the FAA for operational reasons.

The engine-specialist review was led by the Head of TCCA Powerplants, with Chris being his deputy and right-hand man on the program.

Chris forged a strong working relationship with his FAA and EASA counterparts throughout the program.
PT6 Engine

The Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engine series is arguably the most ubiquitous and reliable aircraft engine family in history, coming in both turboprop and turboshaft versions.

While working at Transport Canada, Chris was involved in initial certification and post-certification development of several PT6 models.

After returning to the industry as a Transport Canada Design Approval Representative, Chris maintained a working relationship with P&WC. He is still involved in the PT6A turboprop engine modification project for general aviation aircraft.
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CFM Leap 1B Engine

Chris was the Transport Canada engine expert for the Canadian certification (Level 2 Foreign Validation) of the General Electric Leap 1B engine, powering Boeing 737MAX. This task involved working closely with CFM engineering and airworthiness organizations, including an onsite visit to the GE facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Orenda OE600A Engine

The Orenda Recip 600A engine was a Canadian-made liquid-cooled, aviation-ready piston engine with a design pedigree based on automotive racing engines.

At Orenda, Chris worked in a combined airworthiness and engineering analysis role, including in the aircraft STC development field on multiple programs.

After the sale of the program to Trace Engines, Chris worked now as a consultant and a service provider, performed engineering analysis and redesign of the starter ring gear to solve the problem of the low-cycle fatigue damage to the ring gear that plagued the earlier design.
SPU300 Auxiliary Power Unit

Under the bilateral agreements, Auxilliary Power Units (APUs) designed in the USA or Europe do not require Transport Canada validation but are accepted under the TSO rules.

The case of the APU on the Bombardier Global 7500 was unique: the APU was still being certified by FAA concurrently with the Canadian aircraft program, and its type design was also being transferred from FAA to EASA at the same time. Consequently, to support the aircraft side, Chris oversaw design reviews and certification tests that simultaneously covered the APU design itself and its installation on the aircraft.
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