Flight Service Specialist - YWG
Flight Service Specialist (Airport Advisory)
Flight service specialists play a safety-critical role in the Canadian air navigation system.
At more than 50 airports across the country, specialists at Flight Service Stations provide timely, essential information to arriving and departing aircraft at their respective locations. That includes helping pilots with runway selection for landing and taking off, including the provision of wind and altimeter information, and “passing traffic“ (advising pilots about other aircraft operating near the airport to keep them out of harm`s way). They also control the movement of vehicles on runways and taxiways, and provide a wide range of additional information from runway condition reports to meteorological conditions. Some Flight Service Stations also deliver remote airport advisory services to neighbouring facilities
Working at a Flight Service Station means that you will be working with some of the most modern air traffic technologies in the world. Many Flight Service Stations are equipped with radar feeds to assist in the monitoring or aircraft movements and all Flight Service Stations are paperless operations, employing touch screen technology to communicate seamlessly with other NAV CANADA units.
Training to become a flight service specialist starts at the regional training unit located at one of seven area control centres. The first stage of training consists of classroom and simulator training. This is followed by on-the-job training, where you’ll be paired with an experienced flight service specialist who will serve as your on-the-job instructor until you are ready to do the work on your own.
Flight Service Specialist (Flight Information)
At the country’s eight Flight Information Centres (FIC), Specialists provide flight planning services, deliver in-depth interpretive weather information and en route advisories to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. They also notify emergency services when an aircraft is missing or overdue and help coordinate search efforts.
Pilots often call on flight service specialists before they take off, to benefit from the specialist’s in-depth knowledge of weather patterns and special advisories along the planned route that can positively impact safety and efficiency. They work out of one of eight Flight Information Centres located in Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, North Bay, Quebec City and Halifax.
Training to become a flight service specialist at a FIC also starts at the regional training unit located at one of seven area control centres. You’ll complete the same classroom course as your airport FSS counterpart, prior to moving into a specialized pilot briefing course. This is followed by on-the-job training, where you’ll be paired with an experienced flight service specialist who will serve as your on-the-job instructor until you are ready to do the work on your own. Note that most of these positions are filled by experience Flight Service Specialists.