The PW100’s remarkable 30-year journey has been made possible by the airframe OEMs and airlines that seized upon the opportunities created by the engine. In doing so, they gave birth to the modern regional airline business that exists around the globe. In this post, we speak with Jamie Hayes, currently General Manager, Major Maintenance Contracts, at Jazz Aviation, the regional airline serving Air Canada throughout Canada and parts of the United States.
PW100 NOW LIKE PT6: AN INDUSTRY STAPLE
Biographical note: Until just this past summer, Mr. Hayes was Manager, Propulsion & Major Components, at Jazz Aviation. He is a former P&WC employee who started as Development Engineer in 1994 and then became Senior Technical Support Engineer. Before leaving P&WC to join Jazz Aviation in 2002, he was Customer Manager, In-Service Engineering.
P&WC: Tell us a bit about your time at P&WC.
Jamie Hayes (JH): “I built my career at P&WC around the PW100 engine. I worked with other test engineers to learn the product from the ground up, providing assembly instructions, parts numbers, etc. So I learned the PW100 at a very detailed level. It’s certainly an engine that is close to my heart because it was the first engine I worked on and here I am today, 20 years later, still working on the product.”
P&WC: How do you think the PW100 has evolved?
JH: “The PW100 is now like the PT6: It’s a staple in the industry. Anyone working in the regional market knows the PW100 engine, and I think a lot of people have confidence in it.”
P&WC: What words come to mind to describe the PW100?
JH: “Reliable and dependable, and now it has a legacy as well. It’s also cost-effective.”
P&WC: How has the PW100 benefited Jazz Aviation?
JH: “It’s a very reliable engine, and we fly hundreds of thousands of miles with it every year. We are quite confident in any aircraft that is powered by PW100 or PW150 engines. We fly into remote communities that don’t have a lot of maintenance services, so it’s important to have an aircraft that can reliably get you in and out.”
P&WC: What sets the PW100 apart?
JH: “From both a fuel-burn and maintenance-cost point of view, it has been a leading engine for the regional market. The fact that there are so many PW100-powered aircraft out there is not a coincidence.”
P&WC: What’s the future for the engine?
JH: “Fuel costs won’t be going down significantly. As a dependable and efficient engine, the PW100 will find its way into more and more aircraft.”
P&WC: What’s your impression of P&WC people?
JH: “They have a Canadian spirit. Very honest, open. Not flashy. A little bit modest.”
Editor’s note: Jazz Aviation operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other carrier. As an integral part of Air Canada’s strategy and North American market presence, Jazz Aviation provides service to and from many smaller communities in Canada and the United States under the brand name Air Canada Express. The Jazz Aviation fleet includes the Bombardier Dash 8 and Q400 aircraft.