André started in Assembly at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) on the PW100. He is a certified aircraft maintenance engineer, which means that he understands how the whole engine works. He had a specialty, though: the gearbox. From the blueprint of the PW150, André developed the tooling and the methodology to set the pre-load on the gearbox’s lay shaft. Today, the methodology he developed is used worldwide.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to André Turmel, who has been a member of the P&WC team for 29 years.
Committed and dependable people like him have 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.