On May 6, 2009, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) awarded Larry Dufraimont, Director of Flight Test and Flight Operations at Bombardier’s Flight Test Centre in Wichita, Kansas, the prestigious Trans-Canada Trophy, the oldest aviation award in Canada. Mr. Dufraimont received this award for his outstanding achievements in the field of air operations.
At Bombardier Aerospace, Mr. Dufraimont leads a multi-discipline team in the modification and instrumentation of test aircraft and in the planning and execution of flight testing for all Bombardier Aerospace business jets and regional aircraft. He worked at the company from 1993 (then de Havilland) to 1997, returning in 2000.
Mr. Dufraimont began his career with the Canadian Air Force, where he had the opportunity to fly 36 aircraft types as a T-33 and CF-5 Instructor Pilot, VIP Transport Pilot and Qualified Test Pilot. Highlights from his 23-year career in the military were his graduation from the UK Empire Test Pilot School and the ten years he spent as a Qualified Test Pilot with the Canadian Military Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) flying numerous fighter and transport aircraft including the de Havilland Augmentor Wing Powered Lift Research aircraft which he flew for NASA. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel having served in several leadership positions over his career.
Mr. Dufraimont moved on to civil aviation, where he has spent 19 years in the Canadian and U.S. aerospace industry. He has held many leadership positions in Flight Test, Ground Test, Program Management and Engineering for Bombardier Aerospace, Rockwell Collins and Boeing.
The Trans-Canada Trophy, also known as the McKee Trophy, was established in 1927 by Captain J. Dalzell McKee. In 1926, Mr. McKee, of Pittsburgh, Penn., accompanied by Squadron Leader Earl Godfrey of the RCAF, flew from Montreal to Vancouver in a Douglas MO-2B seaplane. McKee was so impressed by the services provided by the RCAF and the Ontario Provincial Air Service, that he set up an endowment by means of which the greatly coveted McKee Trophy is awarded to the Canadian whose achievements were most outstanding in promoting aviation in Canada.
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Photo: Larry Dufraimont receiving the Trans-Canada Trophy.
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