Career Development
Ss a newcomer to this industry, I must say I was amazed by Colin Pelton’s story of fighting B.C. and Alberta wildfires, as told by Paul Dixon on page 14. The long hours, the dangerous conditions, the lack of communication, the unpredictable demands, the skill and expertise required, the stress of seeing people and property threatened – I had no idea that flying helicopters could be such a heroic activity.
Finding solutions to growing the pilot shortage in Canada is one of the most pressing issues facing the Canadian aviation industry – and it’s a challenge that affects all segments, from large commercial operations to northern operators, the military and rotary-wing operators from coast to coast.
Earlier in 2016, I listened to an inspiring interview with David Gregory, the former host of NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that truly informs this column. He was speaking of his time with the show and in the discussion he quoted the Book of Proverbs – “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be true.”
With some regularity, I am invited to speak to graduating helicopter pilot classes. I take advantage of the opportunity whenever I am able. It gives me a chance to better understand the psyche of the next generation of pilots in our industry – if the psyche of pilots can ever really be understood.
May 8, 2015, Kelowna, B.C. - A Letter of Affiliation between the Air Cadet League of Canada, British Columbia Provincial Committee (BCPC), and British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) was signed by representatives of the organizations on April 30. The signing ceremony took place in the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort at 1 pm.
April 30, 2015, North Bay, Ont. - Last week, Essential Helicopters celebrated its 2015 graduates at a convocation ceremony held at Canadore College’s Aviation Technology Campus.
April 17, 2015, Calgary - Finding the perfect career in aviation and aerospace takes passion, flexibility and the ability to capitalize on opportunities – and learning how to “wear your tie” and treat every day in a professional manner goes a long way, too.
April 6, 2015, Lausanne, Sui. - Breitling is calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2015: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented in September at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands), where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.
At the conclusion of our recent successful Careers in Aviation Expo (CIA) in Ottawa at the Canada Aviation and Space museum, I took some quiet moments to tour and marvel at the many achievements of Canadian aviators.
Feb. 9, 2015, Hamilton, Ont. - So what does it take to make your mark in the world of aviation and aerospace? It’s all about having a flexible, hardworking, “can do” attitude while being as resilient and proactive as possible. And if you really want to make your mark, copious quantities of passion for your chosen field goes a long way.
Jan. 22, 2015 – If you know a aspiring young adult who has their eyes set on a career in aviation or aerospace, you can't miss the 2015 Careers in Aviation Expo Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Hamilton Warplane Heritage Museum.
Cathy Press certainly remembers her first inclination that a career in aviation just might be in her future.
Encouragingly, the helicopter accident rate is declining thus far in 2014. In Canada, through August, there were no fatal helicopter accidents, compared with four in 2013 and a 2009-2013 average of five.
May 22, 2014 – The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has received the donation of an AS350 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada. The AS350 will be used to help train the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers at the BCIT Aerospace Technology Campus in Richmond, B.C.
May 12, 2014, North Bay, Ont. - Last week, Canadore College renewed its long-standing partnership agreement with Essential Helicopters to deliver its popular helicopter flight training programs.
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