Jazz Aviation Agreement with Okanagan College and SIFC

Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is pleased to announce a further commitment to Canada's future professional pilots with a new agreement between the airline's Jazz Aviation Pathway Program ("Jazz APP") and Okanagan College's ("the College") Commercial Aviation program. Please click HERE to see the press release.

This program is in addition to our many other partnerships with Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, Carson Air and other operators.

 

Search and Rescue Hercules Visits Us

A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Air Force and CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association) for a tour of the Lockheed Hercules!

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CASARA is always looking for volunteers. Check them out online HERE.

Interested in joining the Royal Canadian Air Force? Check it out HERE.

 

Solo Lesson to Merritt, BC

One of our mutual (2 students) flights to Merritt. Thanks for the photos Sarah and Jeff!

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Careers In Aviation (CIA) Conference a HUGE Success!

The very first Careers In Aviation Conference for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 took place at the Kelowna Airport on October 16, 17, 18 of 2013. 30 Students interested in pursuing careers in aviation were selected from the various schools in School District 23, to spend three days exploring the many job opportunities in aviation.

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Tours included: Carson Air Flight Operations, Shell FBO aircraft refuelling, Southern Interior Flight Centre, NavCanada Air Traffic Control Tower, Kelowna Airport Operations, Kelowna Airport Firehall, Kelowna Flightcraft Maintenance, Okanagan Aero Engine overhaul and maintenance facility, Civil Air Search and Rescue, Skyline Helicopters, Northern Air Support helicopters and Okanagan Mountain Helicopters training.

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The students also received their first 3 hours of Private Pilot Licence Ground School, their first simulator lesson, and their first 30 minutes of actual flight training with them at the controls of a real Cessna 172!

This event would not have been possible without the support of all the tour providers, and of course, School District 23 and Worksafe BC.

 

 

Thanks Air Canada!

Thank you to Air Canada and the crew who provided our students with a tour of the Airbus A319! The students had a great time interacting with another experienced crew and touring an aircraft they could soon be flying.

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Once again, we are proud to see Air Canada support our students in traing!

 

2013 Diploma Program BBQ a Hit!

Once again we had a great time welcoming the Commercial Aviation Diploma Students into the program!

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Get Your Wings 2013 - Another Success for Kids Grade 7 to 9!

Okanagan College works with Southern Interior Flight Centre each year to provide two week-long Summer Camps focused on Aviation for kids in grades 7 to 9!

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Students receive guided tours from various companies around the Kelowna Airport, and receive their first few hours of Private Pilot Licence ground school, time in the simulator, and their first 30 minutes of Flight Training with them at the controls of a real Cessna 172!!

Upon completion, students receive an actual Pilot Training Record logging all of their flight and ground school time so they can use it towards the issue of their own Private Pilot Licence!

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For other Camp OC information, regarding the various Summer Camps available through Okanagan College, click here.

 

 

Congratulations Min Jiang (Jake)!

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Superb Job! Commercial, Multi-IFR and ready for the airlines!
Min Jiang is now off to fly a Turboprop or Gulfstream...Way to go Jake!

 

 

Congratulations Liang Zhao (Michael)!

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Many congratulations go out to Liang (Michael) Zhao who successfully completed his Commercial Flight Test today! On hand to congratulate Mr. Zhao were (left to right), John Goedhart - Check Pilot and Assistant to the Chief Pilot for Carson Air, Andrew Rice and Chris Martiniuk - SIFC Instructors, and Marc Vanderaegen - Flight School Director.

Mr. Zhao is now starting his Flight Instructor Rating with the intention to teach his fellow classmates in the future. Cheers Liang!

 

Congratulations Kaibo He!

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Excellent job done on the Commerical Pilot Training! Now it's into the Multi-IFR!!

Congratulations Zhou Xu (Frank)!

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Excellent job done on the Commerical! Now it's time to work on the bigger aircraft! It's into the Multi-IFR!!

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2011 Commercial Aviation Diploma program BBQ a Global success!

Over 90 attendees made the Commercial Aviation Diploma BBQ a great way to network, with representation from as far away as China, Switzerland, France, the Canadian Arctic, Prairie and Eastern Provinces, Moscow and Kelowna itself.

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Southern Interior Flight Centre works in partnership with Okanagan College to provide a Commercial Aviation Diploma program. Program prerequisites and other information can be found at HERE. CAD BBQ

Southern Interior Flight Centre is also proud to offer Self-Paced training for:

  • Recreational Pilot Permit
  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • VFR-Over the Top Rating
  • Night Rating
  • G1000 Glass Cockpit Course
  • Mountain Flying Course
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A special thanks goes out to all of the volunteers, including the Kelowna Flying club for the use of their BBQ (thanks Ray), Chef Rice of SIFC and Photographer Serani also of SIFC! And of course, a great big thank you to Okanagan College for all of the fine food!
     

 


Free Day on Us, every day of WOAW week, at Southern Interior in Kelowna, BC

 

Girls and women of the Okaganan Valley, in British Columbia, Canada, can celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day all week long!

Southern Interior Flight Centre, which provides flight training at its best in preparation of the real world, is inviting girls and women for a “Free Day on Us”, each day of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Experience all aspects of learning to fly - attend ground school, fly the simulators, ask questions to other students and industry pilots, take a full tour of the facilities, and even ride along on a training flight - for FREE.

If you think learning to fly is for you, you will get an opportunity to take the controls of a real airplane at a 30% discount. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

March 7 through March 13 - Yes, we're open on the weekends!