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John Saabas and Dominque Deschamps biographies
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John Saabas has been the President at Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. since January 2009. He served as an Executive Vice President of Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. from September 2006 to October 2008 and was responsible for engineering, operations, quality, service centres, customer support and marketing. Mr. Saabas assumed increased responsibility to lead Pratt & Whitney Company's day-to-day operations at its headquarters located in Longueuil, Canada. He has been with Pratt & Whitney Company since 1985. He served as Project Engineer and Senior Project Engineer from 1993 to 1997 before taking on responsibilities as Director of New Operations Programs, and Manager, Manufacturing Engineering. In 1999, John was promoted to Vice President, Procurement and Logistics, and the following year, to Vice President, Engineering Development. In 2001, he took on the role of Vice President, Engineering, and in 2003 was appointed Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations.
Dominique Deschamps is an engineer graduate from Ecole Polytechnique after which he followed the fighter pilot course and then joined France's MoD procurement Agency as a program engineer. He followed the light aircraft test pilot course and in 1995 he left the MoD to become VP of General Aviation, Engineering at SOCATA, and involved in the development of TBM 700 versions B and C. Dominique left SOCATA in 2003 to join the Airbus Test Flight Department but continues to fly the TBM as a ferry pilot. He is also an active flight instructor and mountain pilot.
Our relationship with the people at TBM-Daher is longstanding and strong. At P&WC, we’re proud to support them.
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PT6A in Iceland
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We have 14 PT6A-powered aircraft flying across Iceland, with over 220,000 fleet hours accumulated to date. We created the single engine IFR commercial market with a focus on single engine reliability for nearly two decades – getting you safely over the Atlantic or wherever you want to go anytime, every time.
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The PT6A is the only engine permitted for use in single-engine commercial IFR operation in North America, Australia and soon to be in Europe. A recent regulatory change will open European skies to single-engine IFR flights for commercial passenger service by early 2017. This will enable new growth opportunities for the engine and the many single-engine aircraft it powers.
P&WC played a consulting role in helping the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) develop the guidelines that standardize and expand the use of single-engine turbine aircraft flying commercial passenger missions throughout Europe.
The Extraordinary Journey of John Saabas
On July 15th 2016 John Saabas, President of Pratt & Whitney Canada, flew from the Farnborough Airshow in England to St. Hubert, Quebec, aboard a factory-new Daher TBM930 aircraft powered by a single PT6A-66D engine.
John was accompanied by Captain Dominique Deschamps, Vice President Flight Operations & Training Support at Airbus SAS. The two left Farnborough and made their way westward with stops in Belfast, Reykjavik, Goose Bay, finally landing on July 16th 2016 at the St. Hubert Airport.