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Blog: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Abbotsford Students Soar to New Heights at YXX

This is the second year the Abbotsford School District Career Programs department has offered the Aviation Ground School Program in partnership with Coastal Pacific Aviation. Grade 12 students attend Coastal Pacific Aviation for one semester, 2 evening per week, and earn the Transport Canada approved and UFV accredited course required by all pilots to obtain their license.  In addition, students are exposed to a wide range of careers in aviation through the work experience component of the aviation program.

This year, our students spent an exciting week over spring break exploring their interests and passions in the growing aerospace industry at the Abbotsford International Airport. Thanks to the generous support of our local industry partners - Marshall Aerospace, Conair Aerial Firefighting, Chinook Helicopters, WestJet, YXX Operations and Cascade Aerospace - students had extensive exposure to a wide range of career possibilities in the aviation field. Conair Aerial Firefighting, for example, partnered students up with Aircraft Maintenance Engineers to remove engines for inspection, administer checks for landing gear, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, and also taught them how to ready an aircraft for flight. At Chinook Helicopters, students experienced how to properly push and pull a helicopter in and out of the hangar, how to collate training manuals, learned proper documentation for student pilots as per the Ministry of Advanced Education, participated in tutoring sessions about the METAR and even “flew” a helicopter in their Bell 412 Simulator. Our students worked with WestJet during their peak spring break hours, privately toured YXX Operations with Parm Sidhu, YXX General Manager, and were hands-on at Cascade Aerospace – a specialty aerospace and defense contractor. We are grateful for the commitment from our aviation community partners in making this learning experience relevant and hands-on, allowing students to connect their classroom learning to real world situations.

If you are considering a career in the aviation industry, and would like to be considered for this opportunity, see your Career Facilitator today or download an Aviation Ground School application under the Apply Now tab.

“As global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years, there is extraordinary demand for people to fly and maintain these airplanes. To meet this tremendous growth, the 2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook forecasts that between now and 2035, the aviation industry will need to supply more than two million new aviation personnel—617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians, and 814,000 cabin crew.

Meeting this demand will require innovative solutions — focused on educational outreach and career pipeline programs — to inspire the next generation of pilots, technicians, and cabin crew. New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow's workforce.”

 Boeing – Long-Term Market Outlook 2016 - 2035