• Daniel J. Melanson

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Dan started his rotary wing apprenticeship with Dominion Pegasus Helicopters in King City, Ontario in 1976.

In 1981 he joined Lakeland Helicopters as Chief Engineer and held that position until 1984 when he became the General Manager for Helico Canada which encompassed Lakeland, Ranger, Maple Leaf, The Downtown Toronto Heliport, Ramsey Airways, Lakeland Airways and North Star Helicopters. The combined companies operated a fleet of fifty-five helicopters and ten fixed wing aircraft from 23 bases located across Canada. In 1988 he became the President of Phoenix Airmotive, which provided heavy maintenance services to both rotary and fixed wing operators in Northern Ontario.

In 1990 he formed Trend Tec Canada which held the Canadian Distribution rights for a number of aviation related products including turbine engine monitoring systems and thermal imaging systems. Trend Tec Canada presently provides specialty management services, as well as overall project management to helicopter and fixed wing companies in Canada and the United States.

An example of a past project was the management from inception through design, installation, and certification of the first ENG installation in Canada with the CTV television network. Dan is called on to provide his expertise to review proposed aviation projects and as an expert witness in aviation related civil matters.

In addition to holding an A.M.E licence (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer), Dan is also a Senior Certified Aircraft Appraiser USPAP endorsed (uniform standards of professional appraisal practices). Over the years Dan has earned a reputation as a team leader with a make it happen attitude.