BAC Aero is a creation of a former Canadian government expert in aerospace propulsion certification field. The intent is to provide expertise to the emerging aircraft OEM and STC market that previously available only to large OEMs such as Bombardier, Bell Helicopter Canada or Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Chris Baczynski, MASc, P.Eng., DAR
Founder, CEO & Principal Consultant
Chris Baczynski is among Canada's top aircraft certification experts, specializing in the field of propulsion and powerplant installations. He has worked as a national expert in the powerplant section of Transport Canada Civil Aviation, National Aircraft Certification branch in Ottawa. Before joining TCCA, Chris has worked in the industry in various roles involving aircraft design, analysis, testing, certification, and consulting.
Chris started his career at Bombardier Aerospace, working on the final certification of the original Global Express business jet and, subsequently, the Dash 8-400 turboprop regional airliner. Following that, he worked as a development engineer with reciprocating engines, on performance optimization and Vibro-acoustics, before joining Orenda Recip in early 2001.
At Orenda, Chris was a key engineer in the small applications team, set up by the company to develop and produce aircraft re-engine STCs to seed the market with the OE600A engine type. The first of these, Air Tractor AT401, was successfully certified in both Canada and the United States. Several subsequent aircraft propulsion installations were at various design and development stages when the parent company, Magellan Aerospace, decided to drop the engine program, citing post-9/11 market changes.
Together with his former boss, Chris co-founded Phoenix Aero Aviation Engineering in 2003 to provide aircraft modification aeronautical engineering and design approval services. Over the next six years, Chris has worked on nearly one hundred STC projects of various scope. These involved engine change programs, structural modifications, aircraft cabin changes, and special mission aircraft.
After the sale of Phoenix Aero to Heli-Lynx helicopters, Chris has joined Transport Canada National Aircraft Certification Branch as a senior engineer and specialist in the propulsion (Powerplants & Emissions) unit. During that tenure, he was fortunate to have worked on the majority of new and derivative aircraft programs being certified in Canada, and on new large turbofan engine programs. In addition, he was the powerplant and noise engineering lead for numerous Transport Canada validations of foreign aeronautical products and acted as a subject matter expert, providing expertise to TCCA regional offices working on STC certification projects.