Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has a great many people who think up innovative engineering ideas, but it also takes people like Dusty to sell them. He spent a considerable amount of time and effort in bringing the PW100 program to fruition in the marketplace. Dusty worked with Embraer, de Havilland, BAE, Dornier and ATR from the initial sales campaign to the installation and certification of all early model PW100 engines.
When the first PW100-powered commercial flight was announced, on a NorOntair-operated Dash-8 from de Havilland in December 1984, Dusty asked to be its first paying customer! He was invited along free of charge.He remembers that the flight to Northern Ontario was uneventful. All 36 seats were occupied during this historic flight. They flew back the next day, and the rest is history!
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Donald Miller, who was a member of the P&WC Marketing team for 31 years prior to his retirement in 1991.
Committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Dusty.
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.