The PW100 design gave Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) a great many opportunities for innovation. Adding to the design challenges was the lack of IT tools that we take for granted today. While advances were being made in our analytical and design capabilities, the complexity of the three-shaft engine meant that there was a need to develop sections of the engine via “cut and try” methods where the design tools could not provide a “first-time right” design solution. One of Peter’s roles was to document the initial engine specifications. The only way he could ensure that an engine had a consistent bill of material was to mark up a large-engine cross-section drawing with all current part numbers and then use colour coding to identify which parts went together. Thus a given engine might have been built to a “blue” configuration, while the next engine might have had a “red” configuration, reflecting the latest improvements. In many areas of the engine, four and five colours were needed!
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Peter Boyd, who has been a member of the P&WC team for 39 years. He is one of the committed and dependable people who have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Peter.
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.