In 1991, the PW100 was the first engine to benefit from the product-line approach at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)’s overhaul facility in Plant 5. Traditionally, all engines went through distinct organizations with their own administrative and technical support (disassembly, inspection, assembly and then test). As the first Overhaul shop Product Line manager, Christian integrated all the functions into one team and was able to create a process that provided a more cohesive response to our customers’ needs. This new organization allowed for turnaround times as low as 30 days, instead of an average of 50 days, and even registered a record complete overhaul in 18 days. Christian also drove the introduction of the PW100 at the Singapore Service Centre.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Christian Vielleuse, who has been a member of the P&WC team for 33 years.
He is one of the committed and dependable people who have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Christian.
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.