Ever wondered what it would be like to be a pilot? Waterloo Wellington
Flight Centre (WWFC) is one of the largest professional flight schools in
Canada. We know aviation and we know UAV/drones. Celebrate everything aviation
with experts in the industry, learn more about flying your drone safely (and
legally), dive into the world of aviation employment, and hear personal
anecdotes from a local pilot. WWFC is proud to offer a state of the
art facility, is partnered with two prestigious post-secondary institutions
(Conestoga College and University of Waterloo) – offering industry recognized
training to individuals seeking a career in aviation while strongly supporting
the general aviator, training over 50 private pilots annually.
Kyle McKinnon, RPAS Program Coordinator & Flight Examiner
Kyle McKinnon is the RPAS Program Coordinator, as well as an instructor and pilot. He began flying drones in 2014 in order to collect geospatial data for stockpile management, NDVI creation and silviculture management. With 100+ hours of flight time Kyle has experience piloting many different platforms and sensors. His experience performing highly accurate data collection allows him to give first-hand feedback to those looking to enter the drone industry. Kyle walks students through the many legal hurdles they may face while flying commercially. He also teaches new pilots how to care for and maintain their UAV.
Jessalyn Teed, First Officer B737-8/800, Sunwing Airlines Inc.
After applying for the Sunwing Cadet program, Jessalyn was offered a position as a first officer for the airline, based in Toronto. Jessalyn began training September of 2017, and completed her Boeing 737 Type Rating at the end of October. She was then flying the line, and completed line indoctrination a few months later, on-track with the Sunwing Cadet training program. It was a big jump from the Cessnas and Piper Seminole to a jet, but with the Sunwing training program tailored to pilots with no jet time, and the attention and expertise of many training captains, she built confidence in the skill with time and exposure. Jessalyn also currently working with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Center in equipping other students for this opportunity.
Alex Ward, Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
Alex is a former WWFC aviation student. He is a current Flight Instructor with WWFC, working towards his Commercial Pilot licence. He is also a WestJet employee, at Waterloo Region International Airport.
Jesse Sharpe,CEO & Founder of SharpeAero & Flight Instructor, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre
Jesse is also part of WWFC’s world class alumni, and a current Flight Instructor. SharpeAero's mission is to create modern, thoughtfully-designed aviation materials for training and general aviation. Born from real need, experienced by real pilots, in both design strategy and in aviation.
The Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre is a not-for-profit corporation and is governed by an eight member volunteer board of directors who oversee the long term development and operation of WWFC and its programs.