Keppel is one of 37 Fellows working at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). Essentially, Fellows set the technical direction of the company, and, as such, they are at the forefront of innovation.
This is often long-term work, but sometimes it’s not. The PW150 reduction gear box was conceived and the concept developed by Keppel and his colleagues Daniel Ouimet and Alex Ciampa in just four days. Within a week, formal sketches were presented to management to support the Concept Review. Needless to say, this once in a lifetime feat was remarkable.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Keppel Bharath, who has been a member of the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) team for 35 years.
Committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Keppel.
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.