Jonathan Knaul

Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor, Professor, and Safety Manager

 Vikrant Sharma


- PhD Chemical & Materials Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston.
- Masters of Defense Studies, Canadian Forces College, Toronto.
- BEng Fuels & Materials Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston.
- Graduate International Space University, Space Studies Program, Strasbourg, France.
- Graduate, Rotary Wing Experimental Test Pilot Category I, EPNER, Istres, France.

- FAA Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter/IFR.  
- FAA Commercial: Airplane Single Eng Land/Instrument.
- FAA Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter, Airplane Single Eng Land & Night Vision Goggles.
- Transport Canada Flight Instructor Class IV.  
- Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter/IFR.
- Transport Canada Commercial: Airplane Single Eng Land/Instrument.
- 4,500+ hours in over 60 different aircraft.
Flight Test
- Thirty-three years’ service in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
- Twenty-three years’ experience in flight test - Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (CAF), Industry and NTPS.
- Various flight test campaigns on the CH-147D and CH-147F Chinook, CH-146 Griffon, CH-149 Cormorant helicopters and the SPERWER UAV.
- Flight test campaigns focus included avionics, nav systems, weapons systems, defense systems, and flying surface modifications

Operational/Leadership/Management (positions previously held)

- Director Strategic Initiatives, and Program Manager, at Canadensys Aerospace Corporation (a commercial space exploration company in Toronto)
- Lead for Space Research & Development for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
- Flight Commander, Operations Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and Acting Commanding Officer with 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron (CAF)
- Fleet Senior Test Pilot CH-147F Chinook, Petawawa, ON (CAF)
- Officer Commanding Chinook Flight- deployed, Afghanistan (CAF)
- Flight Standards and Instructor pilot (helicopter) at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE), Cold Lake, AB (CAF)
- Instrument Check Pilot with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
- Flight Test Safety Officer for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Branch Head at AETE
- Vice-Chair and Chair of Risk Management of the Board of Trustees for Pickering College, Newmarket, ON
- Member/Patroller with the Canadian Ski Patrol over sixteen years, Marmot Basin, Jasper, AB
- Working/Support Diver (several NASA, US Navy and science missions), Aquarius Undersea Habitat, Florida International University, Islamorada, FL

Professional Affiliations

- Associate Fellow, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)
- Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
- Member, National Association of Flight Instructors
- Member, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
- Lifetime Member, Royal Military College Club of Canada

National Test Pilot School
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