Over the years, Ian worked closely with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) Marketing team and original equipment manufacturers to create an engine that closely met the needs of the regional turboprop aircraft market. Among many other achievements, he is highly respected for his contribution to the complex and challenging development of P&WC’s first major electronic engine control. This supervisory system features a fully functional hydro-mechanical control with a digital computer that sets rated power, which greatly reduces pilot workload – a major benefit.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Ian McCormick, who was a member of the P&WC team for 41 years prior to his retirement. He is one of the committed and dependable people who have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Ian.
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.