Up up and away!
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) is taking off as demand for pilots continues to grow.
“Pilot demand has actually been growing for a number of years, and the word is out,” says WWFC General Manager, Robert Connors.
“People are seeing the opportunities and student enrollment has gone through the roof this year.”
Along with commercial flight training, the Flight Centre also offers a variety of other training programs for professional and private pilots and it is one of the largest and most experienced flight training centres in Canada.
WWFC is located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Breslau.
As the aviation industry continues to grow, employment prospects for a career in aviation is at an all-time high.
Young pilots today, are finding jobs right out of school according to the Centre.
“When you look at the spectrum of airlines who are wanting to hire about 1300 pilots a year, the student spectrum is only at 600. So, the bottom line is there is a gap between pilot supply and demand,” Connors says.
“When students learn to fly, they become an instructor for about 18 months as compared to 3 years, which is what it used to be. The job market is so robust, students are able to move on much faster.”
Becoming a professional pilot is like other trades, with the first years building hours, gaining experience and developing skills.
But being a professional pilot doesn’t mean one has to fly for an airline. There are many other rewarding flying jobs available, from being a float-plane pilot, flying for a charter service or a corporation, or even the RCMP.
Many employers today are looking for entry level pilots with advanced education and training from a reputable flight school.
WWFC currently employs about 40 professional instructors from a staff of 70.
Since 2014, the Centre has also been offering a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course for anyone interested in drones. Graduates then write the Transport Canada’s online Basic RPAS exam.
WWFC has been a leader in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle industry and it has provided drone instruction for government, education, research, public and private sectors, as well as for recreational use.
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre strives to be the top-flight training school in Canada by delivering excellence in training, providing access to the most current equipment, and offering welcoming facilities.
The Centre is committed to education, and in partnering with one of the largest flight schools in Canada, Conestoga Aviation students as well as the University of Waterloo Aviation students, have access to a diverse fleet of aircraft, state of the art equipment, a modern flight training facility, and the opportunity to train at one of Canada’s busiest airports.
WWFC was founded in 1932 when local businessman Norm Schneider, from JM Schneider Meats and Robert Dietrich, whose father owned Weston Bakery, were local flying enthusiasts. They began the first flying club in Kitchener-Waterloo at Lexington field in North Waterloo.
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) is deeply rooted in the Waterloo region. It has grown over the years and was the driving force behind the development of the Waterloo Airport in its current location in 1950.
Today, WWFC is proud to offer a state-of-the art facility which offers industry-recognized training to individuals seeking a career in aviation.
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre is also very committed to the ongoing development and promotion of female pilots by encouraging and advocating for all women pursuing aviation as a career so that they can become a vital part in the exciting and adventurous community of aviation professionals.
“Females make up about 7 per cent of the pilot population worldwide, so in cases of gender and equality, the industry is really trying to encourage women and girls,” Connors said.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for women and we try to work with various organizations such as ‘Ellevate’ who let women and girls know of the opportunities in aviation.”
‘Ellevate’ is a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed as they take the next step in their careers.
For many pilots, it’s the ‘rush’ of flying. That’s why they are attracted to it in the first place. Getting behind the controls of a huge machine, pushing the throttle forward and taking off…
And for many students, once they they take their first flight, they are hooked.
“It’s an emotional thing,” Connors says.
“And it is a career path that is full of many benefits and opportunities.”
For more information about WWRP, visit www.wwfc.ca
Why choose WWFC?
• Among the 5 largest flight schools in Canada
• A non-profit corporation – which means profits are all re-invested in the business
• Experience! Opened in 1932, giving WWFC more than 80 years in the aviation industry
• Registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
• Located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), International, controlled, IFR facility
• Surrounded by airspace that supports training from initial to IFR
- Offered our Post-secondary programs for more than a decade
- An excellent student graduation rate
- Industry connections at both the local & national levels
- A great team of flight instructors, including senior levels (Class 1, IFR and Pilot Examiners)
- A large fleet of aircraft
- Graduates working in all areas of the industry, including major airlines
- An excellent safety record