René is universally recognized as an expert on PW100’s electronic engine control systems. In the mid-1980s, he received an Innovation First Prize from Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) for a solution that generated a significant reduction in cost. He essentially modified a Hamilton Sundstrand electronic engine control to facilitate software programming. René’s modification added flexibility to the electronic circuit, and the hours required to implement any one change turned into seconds – literally. This meant that he could try many parameters directly while running the engine and know in the next minute if the solution was good or not. This dramatically changed our level of customer support.
Committed and dependable people like René Fontaine have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, René.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to René Fontaine, who has been a member of the P&WC Development – Engine Controls team for 35 years.
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.