Pratt & Whitney announced the ground breaking of its customer training center in Hyderabad. The training facility, housed in United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited (“UTC India”), is expected to be operational by mid-2015. It will train aircraft engineers and technicians of Pratt & Whitney’s customers on current and new engine models. This Pratt & Whitney training center will be the third such facility in the world. The customer engine training facility is a Pratt & Whitney initiative that addresses the shortage of skilled manpower in India’s aviation industry. Initially, training would be provided on V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines, with scope for adding other Pratt & Whitney engines flying in the region and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family. The facility will include specialized trainings such as general familiarization, line and base maintenance and borescope inspection. It will have a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which would gradually increase to 9,000 student days per year.