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John Kydd - WestJet B737 Captain

 

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My name is John Kydd and at present I'm a captain on Boeing 737NG with WestJet airlines.  I've been very fortunate in my 22 years of flying, a career that started by gaining my PPL at Mitchinson's in the spring of 1993.  I'll never forget my very first 0.7 hours in a C152 with Bob Pearson.  

I had always wanted to be a pilot for as long as I could remember. As a child I'd listen intently to endless stories from my father about his days flying bush aircraft for Athabaska Airways over the vast and infinite shades of green that made up Northern Saskatchewan.  His tales were of the late 1950's to early 1970's and only solidified that burning desire to fly. 

At Mitchinson's I began my journey to create my own stories. I received expert instruction from the likes of Guy Devenny, Bob Pearson, Wayne Hicks, and Gerry Gelner.  Those highly experienced pilots equipped me with the tools I needed to succeed. I was able to begin my career at Osprey Wings, WAMair, and then progressed to Athabaska Airways, Royal Airlines/Canada 3000, Kewatin Air, Canadian Global Air Ambulance and finally WestJet Airlines.

Thank you Mitchinson's, I made it!  It's fun to watch my own sons roll their eyes at another one of my tales! 

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Ryan Leier - Encore Captain Q400

 

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From my first time walking through the doors at Mitchinson Flight Centre the staff was knowledgable and friendly. I went for a discovery flight and was instantly hooked and knew that being a commercial pilot is what I wanted to do in life. The summer of 2009 I started my private pilot licence training at MFC. The following January I attended the SIAST (now Sask Polytechnic) Commercial Pilot Program while working towards my Commercial licence and multi engine IFR. During the final stages of my commercial training I was offered a job instructing at MFC and I graciously accepted. I finished all my training including an instructor rating in February of 2011. 

The knowledge and experience that MFC has is an asset for any student wanting to learn how to fly. Whether you are wanting to learn to fly for a career or hobby MFC is the place. From both perspectives as a student and instructor I enjoyed the professionalism the school offers. I would not be where I am today without the experiences and contacts (who are now friends) that I made during my time as a student and instructor at MFC. 

After instructing for 2 years I became a Saab 340 first officer at Transwest Air, during my time there I became a King Air 200 captain in northern Saskatchewan. I am now currently a Q400 captain at WestJet Encore. I can definitely say that my career wouldn't have progressed as it did without the great times I had at MFC. 

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Tyler Adams - First Officer: Kenn Borek Air

 

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Hi, my name is Tyler Adams. I am a first officer with Kenn Borek Air Ltd. and a former flight instructor with Mitchinson Flight Centre. Having had the opportunity to fly and experience the Artic, Antarctic and much between, I can’t help but think of how much I owe to the people and team that make up Mitchinson Flight Centre.

Mitchinson has helped shape me into the pilot and working professional I am today. This has allowed me the chance to establish myself in an industry with so much opportunity. Having personally taught current and up and coming recreational and career pilots, I can say Mitchinson is the most focused and student success oriented of anyone in its field. Training with Mitchinson allows for an endless number of possibilities and numerous opportunities to further yourself as a pilot and professional in today’s ever changing aviation market.

The connections and relationships made while spending time at Mitchinson Flight Centre allows pilots to build a strong and focused network of individuals already immersed in the aviation world. Having a team of leaders in both the training and the airline sides of aviation, means your chance of success in a very competitive industry is greatly increased. With hard work, focus and guidance from the same team that was there as I built myself into a pilot, your goals will become that much more focused and attainable.

If you are interested in training to a recreational or commercial pilot level, Mitchinson Flight Centre has the resources, team and proven methods that allow for the most effective and efficient road to your goals.

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Owen Thomas - ATR-42 Captain West Wind Aviation

 

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MFC gave me my start in aviation and set me on the right path in pursuit of my dream of being a professional pilot. At MFC, they have experienced and knowledgeable ground school and flight instructors as well as a great fleet of well maintained aircraft. Furthermore, the atmosphere at MFC is friendly and welcoming to anyone who walks through the door.  The owners are all experienced airline pilots and can provide excellent career advice to those aspiring to an airline career.  You will not regret choosing MFC for your training needs, I highly recommend them.

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