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Dr. Bussières had a major impact on my life and career under two separate circumstances.
The first involved my fourth year thesis project in 1970-71. I was in the pilot classification and very keen to undertake a final year engineering project in the area of aerodynamics. Unfortunately, I was being pushed to do a project that was not at all related to my future professional life. Dr. Bussières intervened, making it possible for me to carry out a successful aerodynamic study that included a theoretical component as well as experimental tests in a wind tunnel.
After a post-grad program at UBC, pilot wings, test pilot school at Edwards and five years at AETE in Cold Lake, I was posted back to the RMC Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1984 as a military instructor. Dr Bussières then rescued my future career. My initial PER was written by a civilian professor who was not familiar with what was required for me to be competitive in my branch of the Forces. Dr. Bussières again intervened and ensured that my assessment sustained the momentum of my career. Thanks to him, I went on to complete a further 22 years as a test pilot.
God bless Dr. Bussières. I am so glad that he finally got his wings and could soar on his own
8952 Gerry Nicks