Jonathan Knaul

Safety Manager

Rotary Wing Test Pilot Instructor, Professor

 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 Tranport Pilot Helicopter/IFR
FAA Commercial: Airplane Single Eng Land/Instrument
FAA Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter, Airplane Single Eng Land & Night Vision Goggles
Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot Helicopter/IFR
Transport Canada Commerical: Airplane Single Eng Land/Instrument
4,500+ hours in over 50 different aircraft
Flight Test
Thirty-three years service in the Canadian Armed Forces
Twenty-three years experience in flight test - Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (Royal Canadian Air Force), Industry and NTPS
Various flight test campaigns on the CH147D and CH147F Chinook, CH146 Griffon, SPERWER UAV, and Cormorant helicopters. Flight test
campaigns focuses 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 CH147F Chinook, Petawawa, ON
Officer Commanding Chinook Flight- deployed, Afghanistan
Flight Standards and Instructor pilot (helicopter) at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE), Cold Lake, AB
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
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA  93502-0658  USA
Phone: +1 (661) 824-2977
Fax: +1 (661) 824-2943
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.