Moncton Flight College
|Moncton Flight College|
Where dreams take flight
The Moncton Flight College (MFC) is a pilot training school based at the Greater Moncton International Airport (CYQM) in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada. MFC is the largest private flight school in Canada. The college has trained over 19,000 pilots from around the world since 1929. Moncton Flight College went into receivership on February 14, 2011, all aircraft operation were grounded for Liability Obligations, but as of February 22, 2011, a deal with CANLink Aviation Inc. has been in the works to buy out the company and turn it from non-profit into a for-profit business.
The official organizational date of the Moncton Flying Club coincides with the date of the first Air Pageant, held July 1, 1929, to raise money for the airport. A group of citizens had decided that Moncton should be an air center of the Maritimes. The site for the first airport in Moncton was chosen, and work was started in April 1929. However, hard times followed shortly after the airport was complete with the onset of the Great Depression, and all flight activity virtually ceased. It was not until the late 1930s that flight training began again at the Moncton Flying Club. By the end of 1939, the Flying Club was officially incorporated and had a fleet of two privately owned planes.
Canada declared war on Germany on September 10, 1939 and the Moncton Flying Club was given the opportunity to run the "Elementary Flying Training School, Royal Canadian Air Force," (#21 E.F.T.S., R.C.A.F.) newly opened in Chatham, New Brunswick. Training got started at the school in early July 1941, immediately after the first intake of airmen. The Fleet Finch biplane used by the school was a hardy machine with a five-cylinder engine and fabric-covered wings and fuselage. By 1945, Moncton Flying Club was operating three Elementary Flying Training Schools across Canada.
By the 1950s, the Moncton Flying Club had acquired a considerable fleet of aircraft, including four or five Tiger Moths, two Fairchild Cornells, three Aeroncas, and a Cessna T50. Despite tough economic times, membership numbers increased and the Club's notoriety grew. When an allocation of Air Cadets arrived for training, a dormitory and canteen were set up on the premises. In 1949, night flying was added to the curriculum, despite the lack of radar equipment. The Club even put together an air show, the first of many to come, with Harvards and Sea Furies competing and a stunt pilot from Quebec City participating.
The school grew quickly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and in 1961 the Flying Club was awarded its first Yorath Trophy, symbolic of Canada's top Flying Club. In 1962 the Club took over operation of Atlantic Central Airlines, which consisted of a twin Apache and amphibious Cessna 180. These additions complimented the Club's single engine charter service and enabled it to conduct twin engine training.
June 12, 1965 marked a black day in the club's history, the historic hangar was destroyed in a devastating fire. However, those involved with the Club were determined to rebuild the premises, and on October 8, 1966 the new hangar and dormitory was officially opened.
In the 1980s, MFC changed its marketing name to "Moncton Flight Centre". For a time a fleet of Piper Navajo aircraft were operated for charters and light parcel express, initially under the name "Hummingbirds" and eventually "Eastwind Flights". In the fall of 1989, the Board of Directors chose to focus on flight training and the assets of Eastwind were sold.
In more recent times the college had been growing quicker than ever, becoming the largest in Canada. In 2006 the school was awarded the largest pilot training contract ever in Canada, to train 800 Chinese pilots. The college announced in 2007 it would soon open a new campus in Fredericton to handle the quickly increasing student population. MFC had also recently signed an agreement with Mount Allison University to offer a Bachelor's degree in Aviation.
In December 2011, all Chinese students were moved to the Fredericton Campus (CYFC) due to an ongoing debate over rental of dorm rooms where the students were housed. Though as of May 2014, a portion of the new Chinese classes have been operating out of the Moncton Campus.
Programs and courses
- Bachelor of Science, Aviation Major (BSc(Av))
- Diploma in Aviation Technology (PILOT)
- Integrated Commercial Pilot Course (ICPC)
- Traditional Pilot Training Program
- Recreational Pilot Permit
- Private Pilot License (PPL)
- Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
- Instrument Ratings
- Multi-Engine Rating
- Class 4 Instructor Rating
- Advanced Education
- Safety Management Systems (SMS)
- Crew Resource Management (CRM)
- Airside Vehicle Operator Permit (AVOP)
- Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
- The Diamond Eclipse had become the college's primary trainer as of September 2003. The college owns and operates 28 Eclipses.
- The college owns and operates 1 Cessna 17N/M, and 2 Cessna 172S aircraft.
- Piper Seminole
- The college owns and operates 6 Seminoles, which are used for multi-engine and multi-IFR training.
- King Air 200 Flight Training Device (FTD) / Simulator
- The King Air 200 FTD is a Transport Canada certified level V device. Although not a full motion sim, has a 200 degree view from the flight deck, and is used to simulate various mechanical and weather situations, particularly in training of crew resource management (CRM). This is the first one of its type bought in Canada.
- ATC 810 Simulator
- The ATC 810 Simulator is used to introduce the student to the first stages of instrument flying by concentrating on procedures and IFR navigation. The Moncton Flight College owns and operates 3 ATC 810's which simulate the Piper Navajo. Both are fitted with HSI's, DME's VOR's, ADF's and dual radios. Each simulator also has a plotter to allow the student to see exactly what they have done during their session.