I began my aviation career as an instructor at Southern Interior Flight Centre. Having completed most of my training at other flight schools on the coast I can honestly say that the Commercial Aviation Diploma is top of the line training that exceeds the standard. The industry experienced Flight School Director provides a real world learning atmosphere that prepares students for today's industry.
After instructing at SIFC, I was hired by Carson Air to fly the Metroliner, and now I am a First Officer on the Embraer 190 for Canada's flagship carrier, Air Canada. SIFC and Carson Air provided me the experience and industry contacts that allowed me to go from graduation to a major airline in only 3 and a half years.
- Taylor Shaw, First Officer, Air Canada
"After completing my Commercial Aviation Diploma at the Okanagan College School of Business, I was employed by Southern Interior Flight Center as a flight instructor. One year later I found employment at Carson Air flying freight for FedEx Canada on a turbo prop. Having worked for Carson Air for two years, I was promoted to Captain, Training Captain and Base Manager. Now I’m working for Canada’s largest leading Airline, Air Canada. Air Canada has always been my ultimate goal airline to end up with and I find myself very fortunate to be here in such a short time.
I believe that this progression would not be possible without the support of staff members
|at Southern Interior Flight Centre and Carson Air. Okanagan College helped with my career progression as the college offers a comprehensive and well structured program that enables a solid foundation. Okanagan College has given me the fundamental tools needed to become successful in aviation. Unlike other college locations, the Okanagan Valley offers a unique flight training|
- Maarten Joosten, First Officer, Air Canada
|I am now a First Officer on the Airbus A320 with Air Canada, based in Vancouver. Prior to joining Air Canada, I flew as a First Officer on the ATR 42 with West Wind Aviation in Saskatoon, and as a Captain on the Jetstream 32 fleet with Northwestern Air Lease in Fort Smith, NT. I began my flight training at SIFC in July 2005. After completing my commercial licence and multi-IFR rating, I obtained an instructor rating, and was subsequently hired as a flight instructor at the school. I have no doubt that the quality training and supportive learning environment allowed me toprogress with confidence in the aviation industry. The many contacts I made during my time at SIFC have been a tremendous asset to my career thus far.|
- Steve Bechtel, First Officer, Air Canada
It is oft said that the first few years of one's aviation career are tough, but the rewards that come later make it worthwhile. With some hard work, motivation, and good study skills, your success at SIFC is assured.
- Paul Christian, First Officer, Pilatus PC-12
|After I completed my Commercial Aviation Diploma at the Okanagan School of Business I had the opportunity to work for Southern Interior Flight Centre as a flight instructor. I decided to attend Okanagan College because of the opportunities it offered post graduation. I had noticed a trend that seemingly all the top graduates from the Aviation Diploma Program|
I chose the Okanagan College Aviation Diploma Program because it provided me with a chance to get my foot in the door and build strong relationships within the airline industry. I feel that Okanagan School of Business gave me the confidence and determination to make it in a competitive industry. The Aviation Diploma Program gave me the skills and tools needed to succeed throughout my evolving career.
- Dean Ticehurst, First Officer, Air Canada Jazz
|I completed my private and commercial training at SIFC. After finishing the Commercial Aviation Diploma I was able to easily transition to the BBA Program at Okanagan College to earn my Degree. During this time I had to opportunity to compete in Business Competitions and get involved with various other events. I then returned to SIFC to become a flight instructor which quickly led to a position on Carson Air's Metroliners. Flying cargo on the Metros was a fast way to build hours and gain valuable multi-turbine PIC time.|
During my time at Carson Air I obtained the necessary experience to take me to the airlines while working with a great group of people.
- Jeremy Durrer, YVR CRJ First Officer, Jazz
|Not every problem is in the book. Thats why SIFC provides the real world preparation needed for the turbulent aviation industry. Whether you're training to become a commercial pilot or just for recreation, flying with SIFC in the beautiful Okanagan is a great step in the right direction.
When I joined the commercial aviation program in 2009, I never would have expected to be where I am today, flying charter flights in the Philippines.
Cheers and safe flying!
- Dave Evans, First Officer - Dornier 228, Island Aviation, Philippines
I began my flight training at SIFC at the age of 18. After obtaining my Private Pilot's Licence, I enrolled in the Commercial Aviation Diploma program. The knowledgeable staff ensured that by the time I took my tests I was more than prepared. Training in the Okanagan provides both beautiful scenery and the challenge of flying in mountainous terrain. After you fly here you can fly anywhere. Upon graduation, I was employed as an instructor. And now at the age of 22 I am already a First Officer on the Super King Air 200, flying Medivacs for Alberta Central Airways. I owe all my success so far in aviation to SIFC. Throughout my training, the flight school director was always there offering advice, shaping me into the pilot that I am today.
- Andrew Rice, First Officer, Super King Air 200, Alberta Central Airways
I began my flying career with SIFC in the accelerated private pilot summer camp. From there I transitioned into the Commercial Aviation Diploma Program offered by SIFC and Okanagan College. This program offers all the essential groundwork to move forward in the aviation world as a corporate or airline pilot. Kelowna is the perfect training environment to learn how to fly for both beginners and more experienced pilots. It is located very close to training areas to minimize costs and has the perfect balance of big and small aircraft that utilize the airspace. The staff at SIFC are very knowledgeable and keen while the maintenance department is kept to a very high standard.
After graduating from the Commercial Aviation Diploma program I bridged into the Okanagan College's Bachelor of Business Administration program and started working as a flight
I would recommend SIFC to anyone looking to simply take flying lessons or those who are looking for a career as a pilot.
- Jon Marcellin, Boeing 767 RP, Air Canada
|Southern Interior provided me with the skills and training to get me from Student Pilot on a C172 to a Commercial Pilot on a Super King Air 200 in just two and a half years! My willingness to learn was superseded only by my instructor’s willingness to teach. I started the accelerated Summer Camp in June 2010 which allowed me to get my Private Pilot Licence in just two and a half months. I then entered the Commercial Aviation Diploma program with my Private Pilot Licence and a lot more to learn. With junior instructor’s who had just completed the program and more senior instructor’s with a wealth of ‘real-world’|
I was fortunate enough to be hired on as a Flight Instructor at the school as the second year of the CAD program was coming to an end. Under the direction of the Flight School Director, I was able to pass off to my students, what my instructors had taught me. After less than a year instructing, an opportunity to fly a King Air providing Medevac service arose and here I am today. I would not be in the position I am if it wasn’t for the direction and tutelage I received while at SIFC.
Good luck and fly safe!
- Toby Baker, First Officer, King Air 200, Alberta Central Airways
|"Looking back on my training at Southern Interior Flight Center is a place I would return in a heart beat. I remember starting off with cadets going for my first flight ever in a private airplane; it was amazing. The inspiring pilot let me take the controls my first time being up in the cockpit of an airplane. Right from that moment I knew this was for me! As I grew old enough I returned to Southern Interior to challenge myself in a difficult and rewarding accomplishment. I proceeded to undergo my commercial training which was a|
|milestone in my life! Sounds like quite the success story, but really I have to take my hat off to the flight school. To myself I believe SIFC has outstanding staff that will do what ever it takes to help anyone learn and grow into this small family called Aviation. I can't stress enough how much this school has done for me when I was struggling through my own training. It was as if the instructors took you under their own wings and treated you as part of a big family. Now a|
I can say that if you're looking into a career in aviation or just recreationally, make a point to drop in at SIFC. Fly Safe"
- Adam Buray, Adam Buray, First Officer; Super King Air 200
|My experience at Southern Interior began in 2006 when, over the course of the summer, l obtained my private pilot licence. Through this positive experience I not only knew l wanted to persue a career in aviation but complete all my training at SIFC. I enrolled in the highly reputable Commercial Aviation Business Diploma program offered at Southern Interior which is completed in cooperation with Okanagan College. It was during this time I discovered why Southern Interior has such strong recognition within the flying|
Upon completing the program, I was given the opportunity to become a flight instructor. It was during my time as an instructor l was able to start building my experience as a commercial pilot. This helped me land a job flying a King Air for a Medevac company located in Peace River, Alberta.
Recently l received a call from a fellow classmate, who luck have it, helped me obtain a job flying a DC-3T. That just goes to show you that contacts you will make throughout your aviation career will help you advance down the road.
All in all looking back on my what l have accomplished in my flying career, l cannot imagine myself to be where l am today if it was not for all the instructors and fellow classmates at Southern Interior.
- Best of Luck in your Career! Danny Holsten
|There is an old saying in the aviation industry that it's not what you know but whom you know. In some cases it is very true. At Southern Interior Flight Centre, you don't just get excellent training; you also get a team of well-respected instructors who work within the aviation industry. Over the many years SIFC has been able to build a solid reputation that attracts some of the youngest and brightest instructors as well as seasoned industry experts. After graduating with a commercial aviation diploma in 2009 I knew I didn't want to jump into the industry through the instructor route. I decided to earn my stripes by going up north to Yellowknife, NT and working my way into a plane. With the guidance of the instructors at Southern Interior, they showed me that there are many ways to break into this sometimes difficult industry. With the skills I learned|
- James Burke, Commercial Aviation Diploma Graduate, Air Tindi
|I began my aviation career like many people, looking for answers to questions I didn't even know to ask. The Staff at Southern Interior not only helped me ask the questions but gave me the answers and provided me with the building blocks of a successful aviation career. The people and colleagues I got to know during my years at Southern Interior enrolled in the Aviation Diploma program have become not only a resource to help further my aviation career but some of my closest friends. The staff provided a professional and challenging learning environment which taught the skills necessary to ensure a long and successful aviation career. Thanks, SIFC!|
- Joel Rodda, Swearingen Metro Pilot
|I||"After completing the Commercial Aviation Program through Southern Interior Flight Centre I immediately landed my first job aerial mapping/photography in a Cessna 206 out of Pitt Meadows. Training in Kelowna's mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions allowed me to gain experience that would have been hard to find elsewhere. Kelowna is a great place for the IFR training as it has every kind of an approach including an ILS. SIFC allowed me to make many contacts|
- Ross Baadsvik, Aerial Mapping/Photography, Pitt Meadows and Across Canada
Thanks to the helpful staff and support of Southern Interior Flight Centre I was able to accomplish my dream of one day becoming a pilot. When you have a family and run 3 businesses I found that I rarely had any spare time but thanks to Southern Interior programs options and staff for the support and dedication I was able to accomplish my dream. Thank You
- Ariel Tyk - www.gogobox.ca Gogobox
"The training I received at SIFC prepared me with the knowledge and skills I needed to find employment in the Aviation industry. I graduated from the Commercial Aviation Diploma program in 2006 at the top of my class and was employed at SIFC as a Flight Instructor. I soon found employment with Alberta Central Airways flying medevac and charter flights on King Airs, where I upgraded quickly to Captain. The CAD program taught me what I needed to know to make it through the selection process at Air Canada Jazz, where I currently fly a Dash 8. I highly recommend training at SIFC to get a solid start on a professional career in aviation."
- Cameron Hanson, Pilot, Air Canada Jazz
|"Bottom line, if you are looking for a great learning experience without breaking the bank, SIFC is the place to do it. With an experienced staff, a standardized fleet, and one of the best locations for flight training, they have it all. They even prepare you for your first job in the airlines, and they do it exceedingly well. Not only was I well prepared for my interview, once I got the job, I was easily able to apply the lessons learned at SIFC onto my current job. My personal thanks to|
- Brandon Simunac, Flight Dispatcher, Central Mountain Air
"In High School I went on a job shadow at Southern Interior Flight Centre as part of the Career and Personal Planning program. I spent the afternoon touring the facility and was able to go on a Discovery Flight with one of the instructor pilots. At the end of the day I knew I wanted to become a Commercial Pilot and I knew this was the place to do it.
The training I received over the next 2 years while I was enrolled in the Commercial Aviation Diploma Program was taught by a knowledgeable staff of instructor pilots and industry professionals. This proved to be absolutely instrumental in my development as Commercial Pilot and I would not be where I am today without their help.
I highly recommend Southern Interior Flight Centre to anyone who is even remotely interested in obtaining a Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License."
- Brad Henderson, Alberta Health Services Medevac Pilot, First Officer - Super King Air 200
"During highschool, I heard about a flight school where I could obtain my private pilot's license. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan, training at SIFC was certainly a memorable experience and one that I will never forget. As a part-time student, they provided me with flexible flying hours and convenient plane bookings that can be done online. Many instructors there taught me not only flying skills, but professionalism and most importantly, work merit. Many of these instructors I personally know have later worked for major airlines due to their proficiency in flying. I thoroughly enjoyed my fundamental training in aviation at SIFC, which is critical to any other licencing I wish to pursue in the future. The work merit I have developed here has taught me not only how to become a good pilot, but is a skill I can apply to all aspects of my life."
- Hon Yan Ng
"I can look back to a very interesting three months in Kelowna. I have really enjoyed my stay at SIFC. You have a great bunch of people which made my stay very amusing. Woody did a great job! It was fun flying with him (even in heavy turbulence…)."
- Markus Willisch, Private Pilot, Switzerland
"All instructors at SIFC are knowledgable, friendly and helpful. The Flight School Director was resourceful for finding financial assistance. Good weather and well maintained aircraft provide a great experience overall."
- Geza Kende, Private Pilot, Commercial Student
"One of the many things I like about SIFC was the welcoming atmosphere from all the instructors. I believe that it helped me work towards my goal. After completing my instructor rating I got a job in Grande Prairie, Alberta"
- Ryan Croteau, Instructor, Adventure Aviation Inc.
"Besides very knowledgeable staff with real world experience, S.I.F.C provides another great training environment with its location. With good year round weather, mountain flying experience, lack of congestion from other training schools you are able to focus primarily on training. The airport is an added benefit with good tower staff, a large runway and enough commercial traffic to get a feel of what larger airports are like."
- Charles Lamb, Commercial Aviation Diploma / Instructor Graduate