André Leblanc was a member of the original PW100 team. He designed a novel compressor arrangement that was key to the success of the PW100 family. It consisted of the crossover duct and the aerodynamic features of the inter-compressor case that accepts the flow from the duct with minimum loss.
André was also responsible for the aerodynamic development of the compression system of several increased-power versions of the engine, including the PW127. His innovative design ideas were numerous, as evidenced by the nine patents (probably more pending) delivered to André, or the team of which he was a member, for Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC).
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to André Leblanc, who was a member of the P&WC team for over 40 years prior to his retirement. He is one of the committed and dependable people who helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, André.
Over the course of 30 years, a great many people at P&WC have contributed to the immense success of the PW100. To celebrate the engine that revolutionized the global regional market, we issued an appeal and asked for the names of those who have left their mark on its design, build and evolution.
We received over 150 names! As planned, we picked 30 names for the 30th anniversary of a December day in 1984, when two P&WC PW120A engines powered the first commercial flight of a Dash 8-100 from de Havilland Aircraft, soaring to the sound of bagpipes from Sault Ste. Marie to Kapuskasing, Timmins and Sudbury in Ontario, Canada.