Record-setting flight test engineer retires

Paul “Razz” Laframboise, the first Canadian Flight Test Engineer to break 1 000 flight test hours, will retire August 9. Photo: Cpl Patrick Drouin.
Paul “Razz” Laframboise, the first Canadian Flight Test Engineer to break 1 000 flight test hours, will retire August 9. Photo: Cpl Patrick Drouin.

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By Larry Dublenko
4 Wing Cold Lake: The Courier

Only a few Flight Test Engineers (FTEs) have reached the milestone of 500 flight test hours, and there is only one who can proudly wear the 1 000 hours badge on his flight suit.

On August 9, Paul-Robert “Razz” Laframboise will retire from a distinguished career with the Department of National Defence. Mr. Laframboise enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in December 1973. In 1979 he became an Aerospace Engineer officer, graduating from Royal Military College in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

In 2005, he retired from the military and accepted a position at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) as an Avionic Systems Engineer and FTE, where he continued to support and conduct engineering test and evaluations on the ground and in flight. In his military and civilian careers with Defence, Mr. Laframboise amassed over 1 000 hours in flight testing on 41 different aircraft, a record for Canadian FTEs.

His many contributions to the test and evaluation of Canadian military aircraft focused on the CF188’s weapons clearance programs, its many software upgrades, and the ECP583 upgrade program, all culminating in the release of new and upgraded CF188 capabilities.

Mr. Laframboise’s broad span of avionics expertise has been highly sought after for engineering test and evaluations on other fleets, and was key in the successful engineering test and evaluations of the CC-115 Buffalo and CC-138 Twin Otter avionics update programs. One of Mr. Laframboise`s final programs was as the FTE from start to finish of the required navigation performance and area navigation for the CH-146 Griffon.

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