Hyderabad. 11 March 2020. Pratt & Whitney announced it has published an assessment of the social impact of general aviation in three primary missions: emergency medical services, remote air connectivity and disaster management. Called Social Impact of General Aviation, the whitepaper examines the financial and operational models of aviation missions around the world that focus on the common public good. The study was conducted in collaboration with the Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) of India and was released at today’s BizAvIndia 2020 conference.
“Pratt & Whitney turboprop, turboshaft and turbofan engines have powered the growth of business and general aviation for decades,” said Ashmita Sethi, managing director of Pratt & Whitney India. “BAOA is the voice of business and general aviation in India and we’re delighted to have collaborated with them on this project. The study demonstrates just how vital these kinds of missions are to societies around the world.”
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are growing around the world – and particularly in the Asia-Pacific region – due to aging populations, increased healthcare spending and favorable policies.
Remote Air Connectivity supported by governments can overcome barriers such as lack of physical infrastructure, limited economic opportunities and governance challenges. The study talks about how a comprehensive set of policies can help lift up the social and economic status of remote regions.
Disaster Management is growing in importance around the world, including missions such as firefighting, search and rescue (SAR) and humanitarian aid programs like the World Food Program (WFP) and United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).
“In India and around the world, social missions like these are helping millions of people. The study demonstrates how important it is to set up the best possible policies and financing models to empower our fellow citizens – and boost our economy,” said R. K. Bali, managing director of the Business Aviation Operators Association (BAOA).
Pratt & Whitney powers more than 660 aircraft in India, representing more than 1,400 engines and auxiliary power units operated by more than 120 customers. It includes aircraft such as the Airbus A320neo and A320ceo families of commercial aircraft, ATR and De Havilland regional turboprop aircraft, Boeing C-17 transports and Pilatus PC-7 trainers used by the Indian Air Force, and several aircraft in general aviation, including the Beechcraft King Air turboprop and helicopters like the Bell 412 and Leonardo AW109.