Duncan Murdoch was among the first Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) member on the PW100 team during the early days of his career in engineering. Following his move to Customer Support he found his niche. Original equipment manufacturers and operators called him “Mr. PW100” because of his knowledge of the engine and his tailored solutions. What he did better than anyone else, according to customers, was to work with his team (“the best and the brightest,” he says) to identify issues and present them to customers with potential causes and sound solutions. Essentially, he looked at the whole picture and did all the homework up front with extreme diligence. Duncan worked on the PW150 closely with Bombardier and the airlines and made many friends in those organizations along the way.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Duncan Murdoch who, was a member of the P&WC team for over 31 years prior to his retirement.
Committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Duncan.
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.