Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power Unit for Boeing 787 Program Undergoes Successful Testing
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hamilton Sundstrand APS 5000 auxiliary power unit (APU) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is undergoing successful cold-weather testing in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Federal aviation regulations and Boeing require the APU to complete certification testing for cold-weather starts, operation during heavy snow and freezing rain, and exposure to de-icing procedures. Testing in Fairbanks began last November and the APS 5000 APU tailcone section has performed very well. "All of us at Hamilton Sundstrand are working extremely hard to meet all the requirements of the 787 program," said Geoff Hunt, Hamilton Sundstrand's 787 program director. "We look forward to delivering more hardware and seeing the 787 fly for the first time later this year." Auxiliary power units provide power to aircraft while they are on the ground and in-flight back-up power. The APS 5000 APU is rated at 1,100 shaft horsepower and is designed to start and operate throughout the full range of the 787 operating envelope up to 43,000 feet. Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems, based in San Diego, Calif., currently has more than 13,000 APUs in commercial and military service. "Every step forward on this program, including the success of the cold- weather tests for the APU, is another signal of our progress in meeting our customers' expectations," said Ron Hinderberger, leader of the 787 Propulsion team for Boeing. "This is a big year for us and it is great to see Hamilton Sundstrand and our other partners proving out the technologies of the 787." In addition to the APU, Boeing chose Hamilton Sundstrand to provide the 787's environmental control system, electric power generation and start system, remote power distribution system, primary power distribution system and high-voltage DC equipment racks, emergency power system, nitrogen generation system and electric pump subsystem. Rolls-Royce also chose Hamilton Sundstrand to supply the gearbox system for its Trent 1000 engine being developed for the Boeing 787. And Kidde Aerospace & Defense, which recently joined Hamilton Sundstrand, is supplying Boeing with the complete fire protection systems package for the 787. The 787 program is expected to generate more than $8 billion in revenue for Hamilton Sundstrand over the life of the program. With 2006 revenues of $5 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand employs approximately 17,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning expected revenue and other matters that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include the health of the global economy and the strength of end market demand in the aerospace industry; and company specific items including the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies and new products; and delays and disruption in delivery of materials and services from suppliers. For information identifying other important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings "Business," "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results," as well as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K. Contact: Dan Coulom 860-654-3469 www.hamiltonsundstrand.comRELATED LINKS
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