Avionics News July 2017 - 54
P A T R I C I A
of Elliott Aviation
Mike Ménard enjoys a variety of activities.
Besides being a private pilot and an
occasional golfer, Ménard is a defenseman
on a local recreational hockey team.
L U E B K E
any Avionics News readers will identify with Mike
Ménard's description of himself as a boy. "I was
always a bit of a nerd," he said.
Like many self-described nerds, he earned a
degree in mechanical engineering. Growing up in Canada (and
currently maintaining dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship), Ménard
attended the Royal Military College of Canada, the country's
equivalent of West Point or Annapolis in the U.S.
His father worked for Transport Canada in airport management.
"I grew up around airplanes," Ménard said. "I remember riding
along with my father in an airport car on the tarmac, in the more
casual pre-9/11 days, driving under the wings of 707s and 727s. I
got the aviation bug there."
After graduation, Ménard worked six years as an aircraft
maintenance officer in the Canadian Air Force. His first operational
posting was with the 412 VIP Transport Squadron in Ottawa. "Back
then, we were working on Challenger 600s and 601s along with
Cosmopolitans, which were the military version of Convair 580s,"
he said. "That tells you how long ago that was."
His next Air Force posting was at the National Defense
Headquarters as an aircraft engineering officer. Here, he held the
technical engineering and program management responsibility for