Major Stephen Melanson

Biography / February 20, 2018

Major Stephen “Pup” Melanson joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 after growing up in Moncton, NB and being a member of 101 Moncton Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Major Melanson’s military flying career began in earnest in 1989. He was assigned to 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Shearwater, NS to fly Sea Kings from the wave tossed decks of Royal Canadian Navy warships at various locations across the Atlantic Ocean, Baltic Sea and Caribbean. Achieving crew commander status and being employed as a training officer, Pup was awarded with a posting to Moose Jaw, SK as a flying instructor on the CT-114 Tutor.

A career highlight included a three year assignment as an instructor with the Royal Air Force flying the Tucano in the United Kingdom. Major Melanson was also the Chief Flying Instructor for the implementation of the NATO Flying Training program in Moose Jaw flying the Hawk and Harvard II. As a civilian contractor, Pup flew the Pilatus PC9 as a military flying instructor for five years in the Middle East.

Following re-enrolment into the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Major Melanson was an operational planner at the Maritime Pacific headquarters and participated in Operation Nanook 2015 at Inuvik, NWT. His most recent staff posting was the Deputy Commanding Officer at the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) in Esquimalt, BC in support of BC region’s 7500 members of Canada’s premier youth program the Sea, Army and Air Cadets.

Major Melanson brings significant Snowbird experience back to the team in 2017. Pup flew as the #4 pilot in 2002-2003 and instructed for the Snowbirds in 2004, 2005, 2013 and 2014. Major Melanson has over 7300 hours of military flying experience, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and loves to travel across Canada representing the Canadian Armed Forces.

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