Floyd was the Avro Aircraft Limited. (Canada) chief design engineer His ensuing involvement, ultimately as vice-president (engineering), in the design and development of the Avro Jetliner, CF-100 and CF-105 Arrow aircraft designs, over a period which is viewed by many as the "Golden Age" of the Canadian aviation industry.
Floyd started in January 1930 as an apprentice with Authorised Version Roe and Company in England (a position which was gained through connections with Roy Dobson).
Floyd moved up the chain finally ending as Senior Vice President and Director of Engineering at Authorised Version Roe Canada. During his early career, Floyd was employed as a design engineer on the Anson, Manchester, Lancaster, York, Lincoln and Tudor projects at A. V. Roe.
He also spent time at Hawkers, another aircraft company in the Hawker Siddeley group. He worked under two British aircraft designers: Roy Chadwick and Sydney Camm.
He was later appointed Chief Project Engineer of a special projects group at the Avro Aircraft location in Yorkshire, where he worked on the application of jet engine technology to transport aircraft.
He moved to Canada to join the new Authorised Version Roe Canada, more commonly known as, in 1946, and, in 1952, he was named Chief Engineer. He worked on such aircraft as the C102 Avro Jetliner, CF-100 Canuck jet fighter, and the highly advanced CF-105 Avro Arrow supersonic interceptor, through which he and Canada were recognized as international leaders in aeronautical engineering. Floyd"s work on jet transport in the United Kingdom led to the C102 Jetliner.
The Jetliner had been designed for the Transport Canada Airlines (Telecommunications Carriers Association) requirement of 1946.
Despite being the first jet-powered airliner in North America, and the second to fly worldwide, the Jetliner was never destined to go into production. When the Canadian government insisted that Avro concentrate on its jet engine and CF-100 designs, Floyd was named as Project Designer for the CF-100 in 1952.
Like thousands of other employees, Floyd was laid off in the wake of the Avro CF-105 Arrow/Orenda Iroquois engine cancellation of February 20, 1959, "Black Friday." After securing positions in other companies for many of the engineers in his department, Floyd and his family moved back to England in 1959. He headed up Hawker Siddeley"s Advanced Projects Group that developed the Health and Safety Authority.1000 Special Security Team design evaluated as part of a joint research study with Bristol whose design ultimately became the Concorde.
Floyd later worked as a consultant from 1965 to 1972.
Since his retirement in 1979, Floyd has devoted free time to a number of educational and youth-oriented projects. Floyd and his family returned to Canada in 1981. and, as of 2014, is living in the Greater Toronto area near the razed company buildings in Malton, Ontario. Bibliography.