M.Eng., Founder / President
Initiated Optima Aero with the advisory expertise, the quality processes and the large PT6T inventory we offer you today. In his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) Toby led the design and operations of the PW600 series engine Repair and overhaul line during entry into service.
Leveraging these successes, Toby led the service center process redesign effort. This project introduced many new concepts and streamlined processes into operation which improved day-to-day business and product flow. While at P&WC, Toby also managed aftermarket supplier quality and business development where he was involved in implementing several innovative processes.
Prior to his experience at P&WC, Toby worked in manufacturing and vehicle design roles in the automobile industry both in Canada and in Europe.
Larry comes with an extensive background as a senior executive in the aviation industry. Most recently, he was President of Heli-One, the world’s largest helicopter MRO company, as well as Senior Vice President of CHC, one of the world’s leading helicopter operators in offshore transportation and search & rescue. Previously, Larry held key leadership positions for Sagem Avionics and Turbomeca in the Americas.
His specialties include: strategic planning, lean transformation, change management, peak performance team building, operational excellence, global markets and business development.
Larry, a French citizen, is a global and multi-cultural leader. Fluent in 4 languages, he sees the world as one big market place. His international experience and global mindset are evident in every project he is a part of.
Larry Alexandre is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Alexandre Dhanwant Associates, a boutique consulting and advisory firm dedicated to the support of aviation businesses looking to grow organically, transform their operations, or leverage innovation.
Giovanni holds a college degree in mechanical technology and joined P&WC in 1973 as an Inspector in the airfoil and gear lab. After a several years in the lab, he joined the St-Hubert Overhaul facility as an Inspector, where the first PT6 engines were returning from customers for Repair and Overhaul. As an inspector Giovanni gained extensive knowledge on the following engine models: JT3D, FT4, JT12, PT6A, PT6B, PT6T, JT15D, and PW100.
During his 35 years at the P&WC St-Hubert service center, Giovanni was given increasing responsibilities in leadership roles: Inspection Supervisor, Chief Inspector, Quality Manager, Customer Service Representative, Customer Service Representatives Manager and MRO line Manager (PT6, PT6T & PW200).
Ronald joined P&WC in 1973 as a mechanic apprentice on the Amtrak turbo train; Ronald then moved into roles in production control, detail inspection on helicopter airframe parts and as a Non-Destructive Testing Inspector for the helicopter division. Ronald joined the P&WC service center Overhaul facility in 1980 as a detailed Inspector on the JT3D, FT4, JT12, PT6A, PT6T, PT6B and JT15D engine models.
During his 31 years at the P&WC St-Hubert Service Center, Ronald was given increasing responsibilities as an Inspection Supervisor in the engine component department. He then was nominated to a Customer Service Representative role for the Component Repair Business. Thanks to his understanding of customer requirements he finished his career at P&WC as the Supplier Quality Coordinator for the Component Repair Business
B.Eng, Service Advisor
Raffaele is a graduate Metallurgical Engineer from McGill University. In March 1986, Raffaele joined P&WC as Metallurgical Supplier Engineer in the Quality Assurance group. Subsequently Raffaele moved on to Supervisor, Welding and Heat Treatment groups for Manufacturing Engineering Development and then to Advanced Manufacturing Engineering as part of various new engine development teams in Engineering Department. Raffaele also spent 11 years as Staff Engineer for St-Hubert Overhaul facility. While at P&WC, Raffaele was involved in the assurance of component quality for parts manufactured at suppliers (internal and external), as well as engine development, repair and overhaul of P&WC’s, PT6, JT15, PW100, PW300 and APU engine families.
Prior to joining P&WC, Raffaele’s work experience span from Quality Control Manger and Foundry Project Engineer for investment casting suppliers of aerospace components, to Materials and Processing Engineer for fuel control manufacture of small aircraft engines.
Claude joined P&WC St-Hubert Service Center in September 1980 as Detail inspector, having increasing responsibilities later on as Group Leader for PT6A, PT6B, PT6C, PT6T, Hema Line and PW100 engines.
Claude was also in charge of the training for graduated new inspectors coming from Aeronautical schools for PT6/PW100 engines.
He managed life limited parts and blades for all PT6 and PW200 engines for many years. He retired after a 32 year long career.
Juan graduated with a Technical certificate in Aeronautical Manufacture and a Certificate of Programmer-analyst in data processing. He joined P&WC in 1986 Service Center Facility as a detailed Inspector on the: JT3D, FT4, JT12, PT6A, PT6T, PT6B, JT15D, PW206-207 & PW600 Engines models. During the 26 years at the P&WC St-Hubert Service Center as inspector, Juan worked the last 15 years in the role of Lead man at the new PW206-207 engine line and PT6T Reduction Gearbox module. In 2009, Juan actively participated in the integration of the PW206-207 engine line into the new PW600 Turbofan engine line.
Augusto worked more than 30 years for Pratt & Whitney. Working on JT15, PT6, B36 and T3 engines, Augusto was mandated by P&WC all around the world for engine inspections (such as Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Europe, Canada). Augusto is also known as one of the best Reduction Gearbox module specialists in the world. He engineered an approved method that allows to work/inspect and change the clutch without dismantling the engine.