Piedmont Airlines Donates PW120Karin McKenna
Piedmont Airlines generously donated a Pratt & Whitney Canada Model PW120 turboprop engine for use at the PIA Hagerstown campus. The engine has 33 years of flight experience, serving Piedmont’s former De Havilland Canada Dash 8 fleet. The first flight of the engine was from Salisbury, MD, to Baltimore, MD.
Kevin Dallaire, Senior Manager, Technology and Strategy at Piedmont Airlines, said “We are excited to be able to donate this engine to PIA Hagerstown. In order for PIA to continue providing top-notch new aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs) to the aeronautics field, PIA’s students must have access to the best equipment.”
The engine will be utilized to familiarize students with mechanical components, gearbox disassembly and reassembly, bore scoping, and non-destructive testing. Piedmont has donated several pieces of equipment to PIA in the past, which help to improve the student experience regarding their practical training. “The donation of this engine by Piedmont Airlines will provide our students with valuable training time on one of the leading engine types they’re likely to maintain and repair during their careers,” says President and CEO Suzanne Markle. “This Pratt & Whitney PW120 was a workhorse for Piedmont’s former Dash 8 fleet, and we are glad that it will continue its legacy by helping train new AMTs.”