Peter was hired from one of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) sand-casting suppliers to contribute his expertise to the design of the PW100. He was appointed manager of Casting in 1988. He remembers that the early PT7 casting designs really pushed the design and manufacturing boundaries of the time. For example, the rear inlet case design integrated the compressor intake, gearbox and oil tank together as one casting. Over the years, Peter has been actively involved with most of the blades in both high- and low-powered turbines.
All of these innovations resulted in a tightly knit team of P&WC Engineering, Procurement and supplier personnel who knew they were creating something special.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Peter Kent, who has been P&WC Engineering, Operations and Supply Management teams for the past 29 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.