When he came to Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) in 1981 at the development stage of the program, Gaétan’s mission was to calculate the engine’s weight and center of gravity using paper plans. Given that the parts and castings of the PW100 engine were among the most complex ever produced at P&WC, the drawings of certain parts could be twenty pages long… Calculating the weight of a single part could therefore take a whole month!
This intimate knowledge of the engine has allowed Gaétan to have a wide-ranging career. He spent four years in Singapore as a technical representative, and then returned to Longueuil to fulfill the same position. He is presently Quality Manager and works closely with our customers.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Gaétan Lauzier, 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, Gaétan.
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.