Date of Defense

Spring 4-24-1997



First Advisor

Curtis Swanson, Aviation

Second Advisor

Thomas Deckard, Aviation


The Pratt & Whitney 4000 engine platform is considered the most economical turbofan engine in its class. It is advertised as providing the most efficient service and the most reliability for air carriers. United Airlines utilizes the company's engines. The paper begins with basic turbine engine theory and moves on to engine classifications, where the Pratt & Whitney 4060 is introduced. The systems are covered in detail. Maintenance areas of service and inspections are described to show how personnel may interact with the computers. Finally, a description of activities during the author's internship describe the interesting facets of a semester with United Airlines. Many diagrams and illustrations are included.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access