Ed McDonald is a lifelong aviation enthusiast. At an early age, Ed caught the aviation bug and hasn’t been cured of it since then. Following high school he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) while serving in the reserves with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as an Aerospace Engineering Officer. Following university he cross-trained to the piloting profession and was awarding his wings and promptly became a jet instructor with the RCAF. Tours flying the C130 Hercules and Twin Otter followed, in both the reserves and regular force.
Ed entered the airline industry and flew the B737-200, Airbus A330/340, and Boeing 767/777/787 for the next 32 years, retiring in 2020 as a Boeing 787 Captain.
During that period he returned to his engineering roots and was an Engineering Pilot with Canadian Airlines overseeing a program to install GPS Flight Management Systems in the Boeing 737. This lead to creating a business designing satellite-based instrument flight procedures, JetPro (www.jetpro.ca), which is still active today with instrument flight procedures at over 150 airports in Canada.
His first aircraft purchase was an L39 ZA Albatross to be used as an aircraft to flight check the instrument procedures JetPro designed. Next, a Piper Seneca. The Seneca was sold in 2021 and replaced by a new, Diamond DA62, C-FPWP. In addition to these aircraft, Ed, his son Austen and another partner built a Lancair 320. JetPro also owns a Nanchang CJ6.
Not satisfied with just flying the DA62 performing flight checking activities, the DA62 is now used for other purposes. Ed and the DA62 performs Diamond DA62 conversion training as well as teaching multi-engine and IFR.
The DA62 is proving to be a wonderful aircraft in all these roles and is a pleasure to fly.