EAST HARTFORD — Pratt & Whitney has named Bennett Croswell its new president of military engines, after the sudden departure of Warren Boley, who the company said left for “personal reasons.”
Boley assumed his position just one year ago at the aircraft manufacturer, taking control of all military production programs, including the F135 engine that powers the Lockheed Martin F-35. The program has recently faced several technical setbacks, despite the U.S. military’s termination of the development contract for the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 a competitor to the Pratt engine.
Five F135 engines were removed from F-35 test aircraft in March due to quality-control issues, which risked disrupting the F-35’s manufacturing schedule. The quality-control issues drew a public complaint from the military’s F-35 program executive, Vice Admiral David Venlet.
Other problems for Pratt’s engine include new program documents that say the combat radius of the F-35A has dropped below its contractual minimum. The aircraft’s estimated range was reduced after the program pulled more bleed air from the F135 to cool major electronic systems.
Croswell has now said that more bleed air is not needed to cool the engines, which are running cooler than required in F-35 specifications. He added that “The problems causing the quality issue in the F135 were nearly resolved.”
Croswell, takes over the military engines division after serving as vice president of the F135 and F119 engine programs. The latter engine powers the Lockheed F-22 and is the basis for the F135 design.
APR APR CHANGE MAR FEB
2011 2011 NO. % 2010 2011
Total Manufacturing Employment 167.1 165.4 1.7 1.0 -166.2
Average Weekly Hours 40.6 41.4 -0.8 -1.9 41.1 _
Average Hourly Earnings 24.71 23.19 1.52 6.6 24.81 _
Average Weekly Earnings 1,003.23 960.07 43.16 4.5 1,019.69 _
CT Mfg. Production Index
Production Worker Hours 86.7 87.3 -0.6 -0.7 88.5 89.3
4,206 4,096 110 2.7 4,168 _
Industrial Electricity Sales 283 300 -17.3 -5.8 294 301
Source: June 2011 Connecticut Economic Indicators (not seasonally adjusted)
According to the state’s Department of Labor, manufacturers in April added 1,700 employees compared to April 2010 and most recent reports show job growth between March and April 2011 was up 900 jobs of that total.
Average weekly hours, however, dropped in April for manufacturing workers by 0.8 hours (2 percent), while wage growth improved by a $1.52 per hour, with total weekly average earning increasing by $43.16, a 4.5-percent rise.
Total manufacturing production worker hours decreased 0.6 percent to 86,700 hours.
Industrial electricity sales, however, decreased by 17.3 percent, even as electricity rates continued to decline in response to lower natural gas prices.