Bruce Weir is known as “the father of the PW100.” He and his colleague Ian McCormick were program engineers. The PW100 was essentially Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)’s first commuter-airline engine. One key consideration was the fact that passenger airlines required longer times between overhauls. To ensure that the engine could meet this criteria, Bruce and his team planned more tests. What was really special about these tests, though, is that all sections of the engine were revved up to overmax in order to fix any issues before it went to market.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Bruce Weir, who was a member of the P&WC team for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1995.
Committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Bruce.
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.