The PW100’s spools run on three separate shafts for improved operability during manoeuvres. Each spool includes a compressor and a turbine to extract the power from the exhaust gases to turn the compressor. This is a great design, but a three-shaft engine simply will not work if the rotor dynamics are incorrect. Yves led Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) to success through his patient analyses and such innovations as high-speed shaft balancing.
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Yves Caron, who was a member of the P&WC Supply Management team for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2013.
He is one of the committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Yves.
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.