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."