Helicopters Canada’s Sullivan passes away at 47
July 7, 2014, North Bay, Ont. - The Canadian helicopter industry lost one of its young leaders last week, when 47-year-old Jeff Sullivan passed away.
By Carey Fredericks
Sullivan was the owner/chief flight instructor at Helicopters Canada, an international flight training school based in North Bay, Ont. A well-respected instructor who gave countless hours of time to his students, Sullivan was fortunate to have been trained as a pilot by his father, Colin Sullivan, at the Canadore College rotary program in North Bay.
Upon graduation in 1991, he went on to work for various rotary-wing companies, and then followed in his fathers’ footsteps to become a helicopter flight instructor. During his career, he logged more than 15,000 hours of flying time and established Helicopters Canada where he shared his knowledge, passion and vision for flying helicopters to students from all over the world.
Those who knew “Sully,” called him a kind gentle soul with a soft demeanour. He was a great father and enjoyed spending time exercising, going for runs and spending quiet time with his family. He accumulated countless friends throughout his career, playing hockey, and living in North Bay.