Colonel Eric Grandmont, Commanding Officer, Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE)

Borned in Chicoutimi, Québec, Col Grandmont enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1995. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, and following the Aerospace Engineering Officer Basic Course, he was posted to 410 Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron in 2001, where he was employed as a Project Engineer within Fighter Operational Test Evaluation Flight. In 2003, he was posted to 441 Tactical Fighter Squadron as a maintenance officer, and during this tour was selected to attend Test Pilot School. In 2006, he graduated from the renowned U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and was posted to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment as a Flight Test Engineer for the Fighters and Trainers section. Promoted to major in 2007, he became the Officer In-Charge of Crew Systems followed by the Officer In-Charge of Fixed Wing Evaluation. In total, he accumulated more than 400 flight hours in 28 different types of aircraft, but primarily in the CF188 Hornet.

In 2010, he was posted to Bagotville as the Deputy Commanding Officer for 3 Air Maintenance Squadron then a year later moved to 425 TFS to become the Senior Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Officer. During this tour, he deployed in support to OP Mobile where he had multiple duties including: Sicily Air Wing Deputy Commander, Operational Support Flight Commander, and A4 Maintenance. Upon his return to Canada, he was chosen to preside a Board of Inquiry on the CC130 Hercules damaged by fire in Florida.

After graduating the Joint Command and Staff Program in Toronto in 2014, and being promoted to LCol while on course, he was posted to Bagotville as Commanding Officer of 3 Air Maintenance Squadron and also assumed the duties of the Senior Aircraft Maintenance Authority for the CF188 Fleet. During his tenure, the Fleet deployed to OP Reassurance and completed multiple rotations in OP Impact.

Posted back to AETE in 2016, he assumed the duties of Officer Commanding the Evaluation Support Branch and Senior Test Engineer. Promoted to Col in May 2017 and he took command of AETE and became the Flight Test Authority for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Col Grandmont has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from RMC, a Master degree in Aviation Systems from University of Tennessee Space Institute and a Master of Defence Studies from the Canadian Forces Colleges in Toronto.