Monday, March 30, 2009

Teaching "Met" at Seneca College

Today, I taught second year Seneca College students enlisted in the four year aviation degree program. The class was bigger than expected, over 40. It's nice to see many are optimistic about the future although many were asking questions for reassurance. The "topic du jour" was upper air charts, jet streams and significant meteorology charts. Most of them knew the topic very well so I leaned more toward "pilot talk."

The decision to enter this industry is getting more and more difficult because of the doom and gloom being painted out there. The industry- despite what the media claims- is forecast to develop by 5 percent for the next 20 years. At Air Canada we have 10 pilots on average flying their last flight each month for years to come. That is- if mandatory retirement at age 60 still holds.

My career has weathered two previous recesions so this third one is just another speed bump on one's career path. Again, the class was filled with very bright future pilots. Nice to see.

Tomorrow I take the one year diploma students at the Brampton Flight College for a tour of Air Canada flight dispatch. Yet another group of keen, young, energetic "pilots to be."


S.O. Lukas said...

Grrr, I'm jealous! I hope to make my way out to Seneca in a few months, but apparently it's a real tough program. Although maybe not for people who work there, but just visiting AC bases, like MTCE, Dx, Hangars and the like gives the wannabe aviator a real rush. Have fun :)

Just to comment on the Progression of the Industry, I noticed on the ACPA website a few days ago that air travel will be expanding exponentially over the next few decades. As is, I think AC reduced the number of hours to be considered for hire from 2,500 to only 1,000...

From the Flight Deck said...

S.O Lukas.

Yes, Seneca probably has the toughest program in Canada. I hear it can be a work out.

I think the ACPA website needs amending. It's true air travel is forcecast to increase but we are going through a bit of a hiccup.

Don't know anyone that was hired with only 1000 hours. Even 2500 hours is cut to the bone.
Thanks for the post.