Major Nicolas Parent

Biography / November 16, 2016

Major Nicolas Parent, from Charlesbourg, Quebec, joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1993 as an Aerospace Engineer under the Regular Officer Training Plan. He attended the Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean, and the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston Ontario and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Space Science.

After completing his Aerospace Engineering training in Borden, Ontario he was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville where he gained valuable experience with the CF-188 fleet. Since then he has been employed within the Directorate of Aerospace Equipment Program Management in Ottawa in support of the CF-188 fleet; received his Master’s degree in Aerospace Vehicle Design from Cranfield University (Bedfordshire UK); employed in the Directorate of Technical Airworthiness and Engineering Support in Ottawa as the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program specialist for the CC-130 Hercules fleet and subsequently as the team leader for the structural integrity program for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) helicopter and CF-188 fleets.

In 2011, Major Parent was posted to the United Kingdom as an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force to work in the newly established Military Aviation Authority (MAA) organization in MoD Abbey Wood (Bristol, UK). During this three year posting he served as the UK MAA structural integrity certification and in-service support specialist for the A400M, Tornado, Typhoon, fixed-wing training aircraft, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle fleets.

Major Parent was posted to 431 Air Demonstration Squadron in August 2014 as the Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer (SAMEO).

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