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The 2016 edition of Wings and Helicopters’ Careers in Aviation supplement begins at the local airport – and it doesn’t matter where. Airports tie together parts (or all) of Canada’s aviation activities from flight schools to destination points for major airlines, corporate jets and smaller airplanes and helicopters. Many aviation-related companies are located either on airport grounds, or surround airports in nearby clusters.

Airports are transit zones for the men and women who operate the airplanes, and are the vital link to an even larger community of professionals who support the industry by designing, building, repairing and maintaining aircraft, teaching students how to fly, preparing airplanes for flight, guiding them into the sky and bringing them safely back to earth.

They are hubs where trainers cross paths with technicians, ramp agents hand off fully serviced airplanes to pilots, and captains of corporate jets meet captains of business at the local fixed-base operator (FBO). It is where everybody pulls together to keep one of Canada’s most technology-driven and fast-paced industries moving, including in the offices of the airport itself.

Airports are where a new generation of pilots, maintenance specialists and aviation support staff will first be bitten by the aviation bug, with many using the terminal buildings, training schools and hangars as a resource to map out a career.
Photo courtesy of Seneca College.
Wings and Helicopters Careers in Aviation 2016, is a one-stop resource to help you focus on an exciting career in aviation or aerospace. It contains brief descriptions of several leading aviation and aerospace sectors, as well as valuable information on education and training. The country’s flight schools, colleges and universities offer excellent programs to help chart a course along one of the hundreds of career paths available, whether in the air, on the ground, in air traffic control or with one of the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) organizations. The listings are intended as an introductory snapshot of the types of flight schools, colleges and universities that are available. It is by no means a comprehensive list, and not every school or facility is listed. The best advice is to use this guide as a starting point for your research.

The 2016 edition of Careers in Aviation is presented in three sections:

An emerging and fast-growing segment of aviation that is unlikely to be found at an airport – at least not airside – and was not previously included in Careers in Aviation – is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Demand for drones has outstripped all projections, and not just among hobbyists. Governments and businesses have realized that small, remote-controlled aircraft can take on some of the functions of traditional aircraft at a fraction of the cost. This trend will continue along with the need for greater regulation of how and where drones can be operated. For the first time, Careers in Aviation highlights several schools that offer courses on operating UAVs in the flight school listings. Again, there are many programs just emerging so treat this guide as a jumping off point for your research.



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As a research document, Careers in Aviation 2016 is an excellent starting point for all aspects of this incredible industry.