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 today. In this post, we speak with Wally Warner, a test pilot with Bombardier Aerospace who specializes in the Dash 8, which is powered by the PW100 engine.
PW100 AND DASH 8: A PERFECT MATCH, THEN AND NOW
(Biographical note: Mr. Warner joined de Havilland (now owned by Bombardier) in 1982. As a test pilot, he has been part of the Dash 8 family from the very beginning. He has also worked on subsequent Bombardier aircraft, including the Q300 and Q400.)
P&WC: What’s your personal perspective on turboprops powered by the PW100?
Wally Warner (WW): “I know the aircraft and their relationship with the engine very well. During our flight testing, we do a lot of unique work that takes the very most the engine has to offer.”
P&WC: How has the PW100 engine family helped propel your company’s journey?
WW: “We started working with the engine at the de Havilland facility before we had the airplane built. With a mobile engineering engine test unit, we were able to manage the PW100 engine through the various control aspects before we actually flew the aircraft. Normally we would not have been party to the engine development process; it was a unique way to become familiar with the engine.”
P&WC: Do you have confidence in the engine?
WW: “We have confidence in the aircraft/engine combination, and it comes from our knowledge of both. That confidence extends from the original PW100 engine through to the PW150.”
P&WC: How do you feel about that confidence?
WW: “Flight testing is a unique experience. And being part of the performance side of the airplane as well as the stability and control development, we end up doing a lot of single-engine work in the air – and that generates personal confidence.”
P&WC: Has the success of the Dash 8 opened new doors for Bombardier?
WW: “Yes, the success of the Dash 8 and the ways in which the aircraft has found uses beyond airlines have opened up new opportunities for us. The engine and the aircraft were a perfect match back then and still are today.”
(Editor’s note: Based in Montreal, Bombardier Aerospace is a leading manufacturer of turboprop and turbofan aircraft.)