Flight Training eNewsletter

Quarterly News & Updates

April 2023 | No. 2

Flight Training Committee Meeting in Conjunction with the ATAC Spring Event & Aviation Day-on-the-Hill

The ATAC Flight Training Committee will be meeting on May 9 from 12:30-15:30 during the ATAC Spring Event & Aviation Day-on-the-Hill being held May 9-10, 2023 in Ottawa.

For more information and registration, visit our webpage at www.atac.ca/springevent.

If you have any feedback / comments about any of the articles in this newsletter or have an idea for future articles, please contact:

Danielle Lavoie



Approved Training Organization (ATO)

ATAC submitted comments to Transport Canada's CARs group on March 23. We will advise at a later date when we receive their response.

ATAC Pay Equity Project

ATAC is launching a project with pay equity experts to develop tools for member companies.

Feature Article

Chorus Aviation Announced the Launch of Cygnet Aviation Academy

On March 28, Colin Copp, President and CEO of Chorus Aviation announced the launch of Cygnet Aviation Academy, a first-of-its-kind pilot academy in Canada providing leading-edge flight training with direct access to career opportunities.

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Women in Aviation Breakfast

The Abbotsford Airshow is highlighting female participants in booth the air and on the ground. This year's focus is bringing women together while promoting aviation to all and igniting a passion for flight.

Join Cathy Press along with Elevate Aviation and the 99's at Chinook Helicopters for a complimentary breakfast to unite women in aviation.

August 12, 2023

8:00am to 9:00am

30720 Rotor Drive Abbotsford, BC

WISA Sustainable Future Competition – Submissions Open!

The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) has launched the Sustainable Future Competition. This is a pitch competition providing non-repayable funding of up to $50,000 to fund the most promising initiatives that will foster sustainable aeronautics, within small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Southern Ontario.

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ATAC Signs MOU with CCAA on Flight Instructor Micro-Credential Project

CCAA was awarded funding under the Sectorial Workforce Solutions program to develop and implement industry led training and upskilling for the aviation and aerospace industry. The primary focus of this agreement is for ATAC to collaborate with CCAA to develop an online micro-credential for upskilling Flight Instructors. We are now seeking volunteers to participate as Subject Matter Experts. Contact Wayne at wgouveia@atac.ca. This product will also be used as proof of concept for future work by ATAC.

MFC as a New Base Manager

Chris Walsh has been promoted from the Director of Quality/Base Manager to the role of Managing Director of MFC Training. In this new role, Chris will be responsible for the overall strategic leadership and management of MFC, continuing to identify and achieve operational efficiencies and capturing growth opportunities. Chris started his career with MFC Training in 1997 as a student pilot, progressing through instructor roles before moving into management in 1999 as Assistant Chief Flight Instructor for the satellite base in Summerside, PEI. Chris took on his current role as Director of Quality/Base Manager in 2013. 

Six Women, Six Reasons Why WISA’s a Game-changer

By Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics

As Canada’s aviation sector struggles through post-pandemic turbulence, a major University of Waterloo initiative has taken off to offer it stability — and even clearer skies ahead. Since its founding in late 2021, the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) has assembled a diverse, multidisciplinary team of more than 100 academics pooling world-class talents to deal with the challenges facing this vital industry, all while mentoring a new generation who will continue the job.

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ATAC would like to welcome the following new FTU members:

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