David is passionate about aviation, all kinds of aviation. Besides working in the aeronautical industry, he is also an airplane pilot, vintage planes mechanic and historian.
After graduating from France's top school, Ecole Polytechnique, he completed his studies at Supaéro, a leading aeronautical engineering faculty in Toulouse.
His first appointment involved designing avionics for a range of aircraft and helicopters. He pioneered the use of database and moving maps, created certification requirements for innovative technologies and worked with a wide array of customers, partners and suppliers from France, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom and the USA, including the FAA and EASA.
He is now a recognised consulting engineer in the field of embedded safety-critical systems, airworthiness, design certification and organisation approval wrt all French, European and US aeronautical regulations.
He is adamant about simplicity and efficiency in aircraft, engine and systems design… as well as in organisations and processes.
He created AircraftManship to help businesses and individuals implement the regulations in a pragmatic and efficient manner, promoting safety and economic development.
Patrick always wanted to become a flight engineer: he enters the French Air Force apprentice school at Saintes in 1972 and, after a year of " airframe and hydraulic " specialisation, the non-commissioned officers' technical school at Rochefort. He begins his career working on Jaguars at Saint-Dizier.
In 1983-1984, he returns to the Rochefort school, then to Chambéry and to the Transport Crews Instruction Centre at Toulouse to continue his career working on C160F Transall at Orléans.
In 1994 he is one the first crew transformed for C160R for the special forces.
Its activities are numerous and varied: management of staff, training and evaluation of flight engineers, development and homologation of equipment (including an air transportable refuelling station), writing of operational procedures manual…
Its private and state interlocutors include: State Aeronautical Testing Centre (CEAT) at Toulouse, Armies' Fuel Service (SEA), Military Aerial Experimentation Centre (CEAM) at Mont de Marsan, State Aeronautical Workshop (AIA) at Bordeaux, and the companies Auverland and SpanSet ...
In 2003 he completes his career in the French Air Force as a leading flight engineer with 7800 flight hours, around the globe.
He continues his career in aeronautical maintenance technicians training: after being instructor and examiner in a Part-147 approved training organisation during five years, he is now a consulting instructor with an inclination for Human Factors.