The 2013 Waterloo Air Show is being held on the weekend of June 1 & 2, 2013. Located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, in Breslau, Ontario, the Waterloo Airshow is an amazing event for the entire family.
5th Annual Waterloo Air Show
This is the 5th Annual Waterloo Air Show (WAS), and it promises to be another great event for everyone. New for 2013, the WAS will also include the Canadian Aviation Expo. These two events will be hosted together, at one convenient location, for a combined, spectacular event for the entire family.
20th Annual Canadian Aviation Expo
The Canadian Aviation Expo is billed as Canada’s Premier Aviation Expo and Trade Show. 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian Aviation Expo, and it will be bigger and better than ever with the combined hosting of WAS and the Aviation Expo at the Waterloo Airport.
Family Fun from the Ground Up!
The Waterloo Air Show will include static aircraft on display, aviation exhibits, vendors, kids’ activities, rides and much more. There will be family fun, from the ground up! The event will be an incredible weekend of aviation. You can meet and talk with pilots, aircraft owners, aircraft builders, flight instructors and many aviation enthusiasts and professionals.
CF-18 Hornet Jet
The Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team is always an Air Show crowd favourite. The roar of the CF-18 Jet engine is easily recognized as the Hornet pilot demonstrates the extreme capabilities of one of the most advanced fighter jets ever designed.
CF-18 Cockpit Video
Watch this ‘Behind the Scenes CF-18 Video Tour‘ for a preview of the high performance CF-18 demonstration you can expect again at this year’s Waterloo Air Show. The CF-18 Hornet pilot will perform amazing aerobatics as he executes High-G manoeuvres right before your eyes. The 2013 CF-18 Hornet Demo Team pilot is Captain Patrick “Flocho” Pollen.
Dirty Roll Take-Off
Don’t miss the insane, ‘Dirty Roll Take-Off’ as the CF-18 Hornet pilot performs a low level roll just seconds after lifting off from the runway. The gear of the aircraft are still extended, as the CF-18 Hornet rolls upside down just feet above the ground. This signature CF-18 Hornet Demo Team manoeuvre demonstrates the incredible performance capabilities of both the Jet and the highly skilled pilot.
CF-18 Hornet Tour: Pilot Interview and HD Cockpit Video
The CF-18 Hornet Performance at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show. Don’t miss the 2013 WAS Air Show!
CF-18 Paint Scheme – The Common Thread
Every year, the CF-18 Hornet Demo Jet features a new custom paint theme, created by Design Director Jim Belliveau. The 2013 theme is ‘The Common Thread’. Canada is fortunate to have a rich diversity, and the 2013 CF-18 demo team celebrates “The Common Thread” that ties Canadians of diverse backgrounds together.
JAM T-33 “Mako Shark”
The Jet Aircraft Museum (JAM) T-33 577 “Mako Shark” is another Jet you will see at the WAS with an incredible paint scheme. The T-33 Silver Star Jet Trainer was painted as the “Mako Shark”, and this Jet is a favourite for everyone.
The kids will love seeing the “Mako Shark” performing at the Waterloo Air Show. The “Mako Shark” even has it’s own theme song as it performs. The crowds are energized as they hear the “Shark Theme” music in anticipation of seeing the “Mako Shark” overhead in the skies.
The combined Waterloo Air Show and Canadian Aviation Expo will be a great opportunity for you to experience and see Everything Aviation! There will be jets, gliders, aerobatic aircraft, transport aircraft, general aviation aircraft, corporate jets, war planes, new aircraft, vintage aircraft, helicopters and even kit planes on display or flying. You can browse aviation products, talk to flight instructors about learning to fly, and even book a scenic flight.
Wayne Hadath F1 Rocket
Waterloo area resident, Wayne Hadath, will be at the Waterloo Air Show, performing with his Homebuilt F1 Rocket Sport Wing Racing Aircraft. It’s hard to believe, but Wayne built this record setting, fast airplane – himself!
Yes, the F1 Rocket is a homebuilt aircraft that has set several speed records and it flies at nearly 250 mph. The two seat, tandem, aircraft is painted in a custom black and white paint scheme that makes it easily recognizable.
Wayne calls his F1 Rocket “Little Bit”, and you will see this single engine, propeller aircraft at the Waterloo Air Show. Wayne is a friendly guy, and he would be happy to talk to anyone about the fun, challenges and rewards of building a homebuilt aircraft.
Amazing Air Show
The Waterloo Air Show is always an amazing air show. The runway and taxiways are relatively close to the crowd line, and this gives the audience a close-up view of the performing aircraft as they taxi to the runway and take-off. The air show performances are always great, and the many static aircraft make this a great aviation event. The addition of the Canadian Aviation Expo makes for an truly special and fantastic event this year.
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CF-18 Hornet Tour: Pilot Interview and HD Cockpit Video
Ride along in the cockpit with Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Captain – Patrick “Paco” Gobeil
CF-18 Hornet Demo Team
This exclusive CF-18 Video provides a rare “behind the scenes” look at the 2012 Waterloo Air Show. This popular YouTube video already has hundreds of thousands of views, thousands of “Likes” and hundreds of comments. Captain Patrick “Paco” Gobeil is awesome as he shares his experience in the cockpit for his first Air Show of the 2012 season when he performed at the Waterloo Air Show. The high energy performance is incredible to watch, and the pilot interview, cockpit tour and cockpit video make for an amazing ride. Who wouldn’t want to fly in a CF-18 Hornet Jet? (Read the full article)
Matt Younkin Beech 18 Cockpit Video – Aerobatics Air Show
Cockpit Video of Matt Younkin’s first Air Show performance in Canada
Matt Younkin and his Beech 18
Enjoy another exclusive video by LearnToFly.ca. This popular video features world renown stunt pilot Matt Younkin performing his very first air show in Canada. Matt performs amazing aerobatics in his 70 year old Beech 18 Twin at the 2012 Hamilton Air Show. The Beech 18 Twin Transport was never designed for the extreme flying that makes Matt famous. (Read the full article)
SNOWBIRDS – Learn to Fly a Snowbird Tutor Jet – Buzz the CN Tower
Buzz the CN Tower in Toronto as you ride along in the cockpit of a Snowbird Tutor Jet
Snowbirds – A Canadian Icon
The Snowbirds are recognized around the world as a Canadian Icon. This precision aerial performance team is a crowd favourite at Air Shows. This exclusive video gives you a complete pre-flight tour of the Snowbird Tutor Jet and an extensive pilot interview with Captain Brett “Oreo” Parker. Climb inside the cockpit with Captain Parker as he explains the instruments, and then takes you up for a flight around the Toronto Harbourfront including a few flybys of the CN Tower. (Read the full article)
Congratulations to Louis Rousseau who was recognized as a Finalist in the 2012 Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. Louis represented the Quebec Region as he competed as a Regional Finalist in the annual Webster Trophy Competition.
Louis trained at Cargair Ltée in St-Hubert, Quebec where he earned his Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Night Rating. Cargair Ltée launched in 1961, and they provide Fight Training from their two Flight Training Bases, located in St-Hubert Quebec and in Mascouche Quebec. Cargair has a large fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft, and they provide many types of training including Advanced Flight Training.
Born in France
Pilot Louis Rousseau is French Canadian, and he was born in France. At the age of 11, Louis read the book Terre des hommes by the famous French pilot, poet and pioneer in aviation, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This book inspired Louis Rousseau to become a pilot, and from age 11, Louis knew he would earn his wings. His first flight was at the Aeroclub Bastia Saint Exupéry in Corsica.
These Top Pilots have Top Tips to help student pilots and seasoned pilots to strive for their best.
The Regional Finalists in the Webster Trophy Competition were recognized for their aviation knowledge, skills, professionalism and attitude.
Learn from the Best
Learn from Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot Finalists as they share their knowledge and pilot tips. Louis Rousseau shared his Top Tips with LearnToFly.ca, and he hopes you will enjoy his top tips as you pursue your dreams in aviation.
Louis Rousseau’s Top 10 Pilot Tips
Be Prepared – Preparation is key.
For every flight, you should be just as prepared as if you were taking your flight test.
Stay Professional at all times.
Don’t forget to fly the aircraft – in all your flying exercises – Aviate first.
Be Confident – and always stay Vigilant.
Get to Know the limits of your aircraft – try executing a Chandelle (180 Degree Climbing Turn) with your fight instructor.
Share your experiences with other pilots.
During navigation, always consider your ground track and correct for the wind.
March 8-9, 2013
The annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is held every March, and WOAW Week 2013 is March 4-10, 2013. During this week long event, the Region of Waterloo Airport hopes to become the Most Female Friendly Airport in the World! The WOAW Week celebrations include the Waterloo Airport Fly It Forward with Flare event scheduled for Friday and Saturday – March 8-9, 2013.
C-YKF Fly It Forward with Flare – Waterloo
The Fly It Forward with Flare Event is a great opportunity for girls and women to discover and experience aviation first hand and to learn about the many Career Opportunities available to women in aviation.
Download the YKF Event Flyer
The Waterloo C-YKF Fly It Forward with Flare Event Flyer provides you with a schedule and complete registration details. Girls and Women of all ages are encouraged to attend, and the event will be hosted at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Breslau, Ontario.
Fly It Forward with Flare – Event Schedule
Friday March 8, 2013 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Women in Aviation Talk Show: Hosted by Jacquie Perrin (Canadian Journalist and Aviator)
Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Aviation Career Expo
Free Fun Flights – Free flights for girls and women who have never been in a small airplane before!
Smiles, Fun, Aviation and Education – All Day!
Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week
The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) organizes the week long celebration every March to promote awareness about Women in Aviation, and to encourage girls and women to pursue a rewarding and promising career in Aviation. Females are encouraged to discover the Joy of Flight, and to Earn their Wings.
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) has been providing Flight Training for over 80 years, and they are proud to support the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week by hosting the Fly It Forward with Flare Event. WWFC is the host venue, and their Flight Instructors will be providing many of the free flights to girls and women during the event.
WWFC has a large fleet of training aircraft, and many of these will be used to give women their first experience of flying in a small aircraft.
Webster Trophy Competition Finalists – Where Are They Now?
Aviation Success Stories
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition is an Annual event where the Top Amateur Pilot in Canada is selected. Started in 1932, the competition is in memory of the late John C. Webster who tragically died in an aerobatic flying accident in 1931.
The Webster Trophy Competition is a great opportunity for amateur pilots to showcase their piloting skills and knowledge. Many aviation employers recognize the great achievement of being named as a Webster Finalist, and it is especially rewarding to be recognized as Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot or runner-up.
For Webster Finalists wishing to pursue a career in Aviation, their success in the competition helps them to stand out and be recognized for potential positions with aviation employers. A Webster Trophy Competition Finalist has a great head-start in pursuing a career in aviation, and the finalists also have a excellent opportunity for networking and fostering contacts in the aviation community.
2007 – 2012 Finalists
The Webster Trophy Competition administrators followed up with Webster Finalists from past years to track their aviation careers and achievements. Webster Finalists, spanning 2007 – 2012, were asked about their accomplishments since participating in the Webster Competition. Their stories help to highlight the calibre of these pilots and emphasize the unlimited potential for achieving success in the rewarding field of aviation.
2007 Webster Finalists
Andrew, a Brampton Flight Centre graduate, was the winner of the 2007 Webster Trophy Competition. Andrew is currently a First Officer with Chartright Air, flying a Gulfstream G150 Jet. Chartright Air is a Private Jet Charter company based out of Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport with locations across Canada. Andrew flies with Chartright throughout North America with occasional flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Prior to flying the Gulfstream G150, Andrew was type rated in a Cessna Citation C510 Mustang Jet. Andrew previously worked as a Class II Flight Instructor at the Brampton Flight Centre.
Lisa works as a Primary Flight Instructor at Allied Wings in Southport, Manitoba. Lisa helps provide training to Canadian Military Pilots as part of the Canada Wings Military Flight Training program. Lisa is also the Contractor Flight Safety Officer for Allied Wings. In addition, Lisa has also earned several ratings including her Float Plane Rating, Class 3 Instructor Rating, and Class II Aerobatic Instructor Rating.
Dave is a Captain for Execaire Aviation, based out of the Spanish Canary Islands, located off the West coast of Africa. Dave pilots the Cessna Citation Ultra Jet, and he flies throughout Africa and Europe. He loves his career, and he has flown into 17 different countries in the past 18 months, and his flights include oceanic crossings.
Alex is a Captain for Thunder Airlines of Timmins, Ontario. Alex flies the King Air 100 throughout Northern Ontario, and in particular he flies to the James Bay Coast. Alex’s duties include flying scheduled passenger flights, cargo flights and charter flights. Alex has been with Thunder Airlines for over 2 years, and before that he was a Flight Instructor at the Ottawa Flying Club.
Dave is a Captain for Voyageur Airways of North Bay, Ontario. Dave flies the Bombardier Dash 8 as a United Nations Charter Pilot contractor for Voyageur Airways, and he has flown several UN Missions into African Countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Congo and Somalia. Dave loves his aviation career.
2008 Webster Finalists
Sandeep was the 2008 Webster Trophy Winner, and he is also a graduate of the Brampton Flight Centre. Sandeep is a First Officer for Air Georgian flying out of Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Sandeep holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) rating, and he is also a Class 3 Flight Instructor. Sandeep pilots a Beechcraft (Beech) 1900 Twin. with Air Georgian.
Mark is a First Officer with the Saskatchewan Air Ambulance Service, and he pilots the King Air 200 with a Proline 21 Glass Cockpit.
Jason is a Captain flying the Beech 1900 Twin for SkyLink Express. He holds an ATPL Rating and also a Class 2 Flight Instructor Rating.
Prepare to Succeed!
Don’t miss the 2013 Canadian Women in Aviation (CWIA) Conference being held at the Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre, Ontario.
12th Biennial CWIA Conference
The CWIA Conference is held every two years, and this is the 12th Biennial Conference. Every two years, women come together representing all areas of aviation to celebrate, promote and expand the accomplishments and achievements of Women in Aviation. The CWIA Conference will include women signifying all aspects of aviation including aviators, experts, specialists, leaders, industry representatives, general aviation pilots, and role models in Canadian Aviation.
Many may not realize, that traditionally, women have comprised less than 5% of Canada’s aviation workforce. This startling fact emphasizes the need for industry awareness to promote and encourage more women to join the rewarding and exciting field of aviation as a promising and fulfilling career.
Reach Your Aviation Goals
The 2013 CWIA Conference will provide key resources to help give women the tools and contacts they need to assist them in achieving their professional career aspirations in aviation. The planned speakers and aviation role models will help to inspire, motivate, educate and entertain the conference participants. Women in aviation, and women aspiring to be in aviation will be provided with a great opportunity to network with other women who have already made great accomplishments and hold vital roles in the aviation industry.
Toronto (Mississauga) Ontario
The CWIA Conference has been held in many different cities, and you can see the participants from the London, Ontario 2003 CWIA Conference proudly standing for Canadian Women in Aviation. The 2013 CWIA conference is conveniently held at the Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre.
The Canadian Women in Aviation Conference was originally developed to provide women in aviation a great network of support as they pursue their ambitions and goals in aviation. It’s a great opportunity for valuable networking with aviation professionals. The many networking opportunities during social activities and aviation tours provide for a wonderful opportunity to create new friendships in aviation, and renew existing friendships.
Meet with women pioneers in aviation at the CWIA Conference, and listen to their incredible stories. You’ll be inspired to work hard and accomplish your dreams and goals in pursuit of your aviation career. Conference participants will enjoy and benefit from key note speakers and panel discussions. Enhance your aviation knowledge and be prepared to pursue your dreams. Learn from others who have already proven their success in aviation and can help you achieve your goals.
Women Aviatiors have always inspired other women to pursue their dreams. Some world renown women aviators who have been incredible role models to women everywhere include Amelia Earhart, Melissa Pemberton, and three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff. Celebrate and acknowledge the many successes of women in aviation.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are a Canadian Icon known worldwide. LearnToFly.ca Editors, Greg and Geoff McKay, spent the day with the Snowbirds so we can bring you this Behind-the-Scenes report and Exclusive Snowbirds Video. The Snowbirds proudly represent Canada, the Canadian Forces, and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
Snowbird 5 Jet Tour
Take a tour of the Snowbird Tutor Jet with Captain Brett “Oreo” Parker of Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. Captain Parker pilots Snowbird 5, Second Line Astern. Captain Parker begins by providing LearnToFly.ca with a detailed tour of the Snowbirds as he performs a CT-114 Tutor Jet Intro and Pre-Flight Walk-Around Inspection. Captain Parker explains and highlights the many features, characteristics and components of the Canadair Tutor Jet.
Snowbird Pilot Interview and Cockpit Lesson
The walk-around and pre-flight inspection and demonstration of the Snowbird Jet is followed up with a Cockpit introductory lesson providing a complete overview of the Tutor Jet Cockpit. The Primary Flight Instruments are all identified, and Captain Parker briefs us on the appropriate aircraft approach speeds and take-off and landing configurations.
Exclusive Video: SNOWBIRDS – Learn to Fly a Snowbird Tutor Jet – Buzz the CN Tower
Snowbirds Aerobatics Air Show Performance over Toronto Harbourfront, Canada
Exclusive HD Cockpit Video
Follow along with Captain Parker as he and the entire Snowbirds Team take-off from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to perform an aerobatics formation flying demonstration over Toronto and the Toronto Harbourfront. Buzz the CN Tower with the Snowbirds team, and experience what it’s like to fly in Tight Formation during an Aerobatics Air Show Performance!
Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron
The Snowbirds are a Canadian Military Formation Aerobatics Team originally known as the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team. Formed in 1971, the Snowbirds are now known as the Canadian Forces 431 Air Demonstration Squadron operated from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Red, White and Blue
The Snowbirds are easily recognized by their distinctive Red, White and Blue paint scheme. The Blue “Snowbirds” signature line with accompanying blue stripe separates the primarily white top side of the Tutor Jet from the red bottom side of the aircraft. The red bottom of the Snowbird Jet also includes the large white silhouette of the Snowbird Jet Logo prominently emblazoned for everyone to see as they fly overhead.
Nine Snowbird Jet Formation
The Rudder of each jet includes the large identifying number for each of the eleven Snowbird Jets on the team. There are nine Tutor Jets for aerobatic performances and two spare Tutor Jets that fly with the team as they travel.
The Snowbirds Air Show performances include full-up aerobatics including formation flying during loops, rolls, inverted flight, and clovers. Some of their signature manoeuvres include the Canada Burst, the Downward Bomb Burst, and solo head-on crosses.
Snowbirds Photo Gallery
The Snowbirds Team, Pilots, Air Show Performances, and Snowbird Jets are all showcased in our Snowbirds Photo Gallery. Take a closer look at the Canadair CT-114 Tutor Jet and cockpit. Browse the Snowbirds Photo Gallery for exclusive, close-up pictures of the cockpit and aircraft.
Thumb Up if you Like the Snowbirds
The Snowbirds are the highlight of most air shows, and they are usually the Grand Finale for an Air Show. The Snowbirds are loved by everyone, and a highly anticipated finish for the show. Anticipation builds, and everyone gets excited as the Snowbirds are about to perform. Feel free to comment and share the Snowbirds Video, and “Thumb Up” (Like) the video, article and photos if you love the Snowbirds!
Canadair CT-114 Tutor
The Snowbird Tutor Jet is a two seat, jet-powered aircraft introduced in the early 1960′s. Built by Canadair, the Tutor Jet is commonly known as the CT-114 Tutor. (Canadair Model Number CL-41, or CL-41A) With a max gross take-off weight of 9,000 lbs, the Tutor Jet performs very well as a trainer. It has a service ceiling of 41,000 feet and a max speed of 412 knots. Typical cruise speed would be about 310 knots, and the Tutor Jet has a range of approximately 580 nautical miles.
Tutor Jet Cockpit
The Snowbird Tutor Jet Cockpit is awesome. The cockpit uses the standard “Steam Gauges” that were typical when the jet was designed and built over 50 years ago. Unlike the newer “Glass Cockpits”, the Tutor Jet relies on the traditional round gauges popular with aviators for many years.
Perfect T Flight Instruments
The primary flight gauges are arranged using the popular “Perfect T” formation that has been used in cockpits since the 1950′s.
The Attitude Indicator (AI) is located at the Top Centre. To the left of the Attitude Indicator, you will find the Air Speed Indicator, and the Altimeter is located to the right of the AI. Directly below the Attitude Indicator is the Heading Indicator (HI). These four primary instruments make a “Perfect T” formation.
The other two primary flight instruments, comprising the standard Six Pack of Flight Instruments, are located in the second row, to create the standard 6-pack formation of gauges. The Turn Coordinator (and Slip Indicator) is located directly to the left of the Heading Indicator, and the Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI) is located to the right of the HI. The Snowbird Tutor Jet also includes a Machmeter to demonstrate how fast the jet is flying in relation to the Speed of Sound.
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January 9, 2013
Attend the FREE “Learn to Fly” Seminar hosted by the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Here’s your chance to find out what it takes to learn to fly. Discover what is involved in getting your Pilot’s License.
This is a Free Seminar open to anyone interested in aviation. This informative seminar is presented by a Certified Flight Instructor, and by attending you will learn what is involved in getting your Pilot’s License. This seminar will help you understand how to get started with your Flight Training at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.
Attend the WWFC “Learn to Fly” Seminar and you will see firsthand, what is needed to become a pilot. Learning to fly is easier than you might imagine, and it’s more affordable than many think.
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
Learn to Fly at WWFC. For over 80 years, since 1932, the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre has been helping student pilots to realize their dreams of becoming a pilot.
WWFC is conveniently located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The WWFC offices are just across the parking lot from the terminal. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Wednesday January 9, 2013 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Download the Seminar Flyer
Complete details about the WWFC Learn to Fly Seminar are available from the Press Release Flyer. Download the Seminar Flyer now for detailed information.
Attend this evening seminar at WWFC and discover how to make your dreams of flying a reality. Take a tour of the Flight Centre, and have all your questions answered.
You should attend this seminar if you have ever thought about earning your wings. This is a No Obligation seminar, and you will have all your questions about Flight Training answered. Please pre-register by calling or emailing Maureen:
Congratulations to Robert Forrest of the Greenwood Flight Centre in Nova Scotia. Robert represented Atlantic Canada as a 2012 Finalist in the Webster Memorial Trophy Competition. Robert is pictured here, seated in the Pilot Seat of a Twin Engine Piper Seneca operated by Greenwood Flight Centre.
The Webster Memorial Trophy Competition recognizes Top Amateur Pilots from across Canada every year, and Robert Forrest earned his place in the Top 9 Finalists. The nine finalists are all recognized for their excellent pilot skills and aviation knowledge. The Webster Trophy is awarded each year, and finalists from each of the nine regions are commended for their outstanding achievements.
Robert, originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. He is currently in his 2nd year of the Two Year Professional Pilot Diploma Program at Greenwood Flight Centre located in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Robert was honoured and very proud to be selected to represent the Atlantic Region as a Top Finalist in the Webster Trophy Competition.
This is a popular feature where Canada’s Top Amateur Pilots share their Top 10 Pilot Tips with student pilots and aviation enthusiasts across Canada. Here are Rob’s Top 10 Tips. Learn from one of Canada’s Top Amateur Pilots.
Robert Forrest’s Top 10 Pilot Tips
As a Pilot, make every choice based on Safety being your Top Priority.
Strive for excellence and be a professional at all times. Take pride in your Airmanship.
Study. Study. Study. The more knowledge you obtain - the more prepared you will be when the unexpected occurs.
Work on developing your Leadership Skills - as you advance in aviation this will become more and more important.
Don’t Improvise. Stick with what your instructors have shown you - especially during a flight test.
Never Rush. Always follow your checklists, and don’t let anybody or anything intimidate you into speeding things up.
Know how you react when placed outside of your comfort zone. Decision making skills may diminish. Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.
Debrief yourself after each flight. Think of things you could have done better and learn something new from every flight.
Don’t get discouraged. Becoming a good aviator takes lots of self-discipline, hard work, practice, patience, and time.
Don’t be afraid to talk to ATC (Air Traffic Control), FSS (Flight Service Station), or Transport Canada. They are there to help us fly safely.
King Air Flight Simulator
Robert Forrest is pictured here in the right seat of a Level-D, Full Motion, King Air Flight Simulator at Transport Canada’s Training Facility located in Ottawa, Canada. Flight Simulators are an excellent training resource for both student pilots and experienced pilots. A Full Motion Flight Simulator provides a very realistic and life-like experience that is ideal for valuable flight training.
Flight Simulator Video
Watch this Flight Simulator Video for a tour of the Redbird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator located at the Brampton Flight Centre. The Flight Simulator may be used for a portion of pilot training hours that count towards earning a Pilot License.
License and Ratings
Rob currently holds a Private Pilot License with a Night Rating. He is currently enrolled in his final year of the Professional Pilot Program at Greenwood Flight Centre, and as he continues his aviation studies, Rob plans to obtain his Commercial Pilot License and Multi-IFR Ratings in 2013.
Robert looks forward to a rewarding career in Aviation, and his placement as a Regional Finalist in the Webster Trophy Competition is a great asset to his promising career. Aviation employers recognize the outstanding achievement and accomplishments of all the Webster Trophy Finalists, and this helps them to stand out as Top Canadian Aviators.
Robert plans to one day fly for a major airline, and he looks forward to flying large jets. Robert’s career goals will be achieved through hard work and excellence in the industry as he demonstrates skill, commitment and knowledge as an aviator. Robert plans to work his way up as he flies larger and larger aircraft and earns additional hours, experience and ratings.
The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of women in the air and space industry. iWOAW actively promotes the many opportunities available to women in aviation, and they encourage women to pursue exciting and promising careers in the world of aviation.
Female Pilots make a very valuable and essential contribution to aviation, and some very famous female pilots have been pioneers in the field. Extreme Aerobatic Air Show pilot Patty Wagstaff is just one example of the enormous value of having more female pilots involved in aviation. iWOAW is working hard to encourage more females to become pilots.
Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week
The flagship program of iWOAW is the annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week held each March to encourage women to join the aviation and space industry. Females are encouraged to discover the Joy of Flight, and to earn their wings. Female Pilots make a great contribution to aviation, and iWOAW’s grassroots outreach program is a great way for women to begin the exciting journey to becoming a skilled and employed pilot.
The Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week is a great program to Celebrate History, Raise Awareness and Spark Vocations as female aviators are remembered, celebrated and encouraged. Future female pilots are mentored and helped as they take flight with the help of this successful and needed program.
Within the air and space industry there is a “Perceived Barrier” preventing some women from pursuing their dreams of having a career in aviation. The common misperception seems to be that the aviation field is reserved for primarily men, and many women do not even consider entering the field. Sadly, the air and space industry has been traditionally dominated by men, and the percentage of women pilots is only about 6%.
The iWOAW Week program helps to educate people and break the Perceived Gender Barrier. Females are encouraged to learn more about the many, excellent and challenging opportunities available to them in the industry. WOAW strives to advance the number of women in aviation, and the WOAW Week event is a great way to promote the many benefits and opportunities available to women in the air and space industry.
Flight Training Schools
Many Flight Schools participate in Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week by organizing special events, seminars, tours, flights and information sessions targeted specifically to women. Every year, thousands of girls and women are introduced to aviation during this organized and co-ordinated event. Flight Schools are encouraged to participate and it’s a great way for Flight Schools to increase the number of students in their school by attracting more females to begin flight training.
March 4-10, 2013
WOAW Week is held in March, and it’s a great opportunity for females to learn about aviation, and join a flight school program in time for the spring season. The Spring is one of the best times of year to Learn to Fly, and the March WOAW Week is ideally timed in preparation for the great Spring and Summer Flying season.
WOAW Week Program Highlights
Check with your local Flight School, or with iWOAW for full details, but here are some of the many opportunities potentially available at a Flight School near you during WOAW Week:
Discounted Introductory Flights for Girls and Women (Some Flight Schools may even offer free flights!)
Discounted Airplane Rentals for flights being arranged for women and girls to experience aviation first hand