Avionics News July 2017 - 55
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were looking forward to doing something different and
enjoying warmer weather."
He also realized these projects are given to employees
thought to have long-term potential with the company.
"It was a sign of the confidence StandardAero had in
me and a good opportunity to learn something new and
work in a different part of the company," he added. With
the help of a dedicated team of managers, technicians
and engineers, he brought the project in on time and
The project was a two-year assignment, and after
the successful completion, Ménard had to find a more
permanent position somewhere within the broader
StandardAero. So off he and his family went to The
Netherlands to StandardAero's engine overhaul facility
in the Tilburg service center for three years. Then it
was back to the U.S. in 2005, first in San Antonio in
the Enterprise Services division, and then in 2008 to
Springfield, Illinois, where he capped off his 15-year
tenure with the company spending six years as vice
the CT-114 Tutor training aircraft fleet. Although most
of the aircraft were used in beginning jet training for the
Canadian Air Force, their most recognizable users are
undoubtedly the Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadron.
Ménard said that after some initial concerns of being
assigned to NDHQ as a junior officer, "I was lucky, and it
was a great posting."
Ménard left the Canadian Air Force in 1998 with
the rank of captain and took his first job in the private
sector at StandardAero.
At StandardAero in Winnipeg, he started as the
director of engineering for the PT6 engine business unit.
Soon, he was offered a position to lead an expansion
and operational optimization project at StandardAero's
Maryville, Tennessee, facility. "This was a two-year,
$11 million project that included expanding the building
to 120,000 square feet and redesigning all production
flows for the engine lines housed there," he said.
As for moving to the U.S., Ménard said, "We were
looking forward to it. We had young kids, but we
were otherwise unattached and thought it would be an
adventure. The nomadic life seemed to suit us, and we
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