How to Become a Pilot in Canada (2019)

How to Become a Pilot in Canada (2019)

(intense music) (intense music) – Welcome everybody, to Olivia Connects. My name’s Olivia Gudaniec and today we’re here with David Nissan who is a pilot with the best views around. How lucky are you? – Incredibly lucky Olivia. Hey, my name is David Nissan. I’m a pilot. I’ve been flying
commercially for six years and I fly for FlyGTA Airlines. – And, if you guys are new to my channel, please subscribe. If you guys are interested in the life of a pilot or traveling, hit that thumbs-up so I know to keep creating more content like this. Let’s get right into it David. So what does it take for
somebody to become a pilot? What are the qualifications?
What training did you do? What do you wish you’ve
done maybe differently this time around if you could do it again? – I wouldn’t do anything differently, no. There are many different
ways to become a pilot so you don’t have to go
through the way I did. You can go to either the military, the military is the, probably the best training
there is to be a pilot – Yes, I’ve read about that, yeah. – Plus they pay for your training. – Yep! (laughs) – Training to be a pilot
is, it’s expensive. It’s not for everyone. You have to be able to
afford the training, and then you have to be able to survive on a small salary at the beginning. Other avenues include
going to flight schools. You can go to, in the
Toronto area for example, you have Seneca College. You
have University of Waterloo. You have University of Western Ontario. They have aviation pilot programs where you get a degree and you get your licenses at the same time which is a really good thing. – Yeah, yeah. What about do
you have to have 20/20 vision? Is that – So, 20/20 vision – a myth? – Only the military will
require 20/20 vision. And that’s because you’re
pulling these high-G maneuvers where your contacts could fall out, your glasses could fall off. – Yeah. – And you must have good vision, you know, when you’re conducting military flights. In the civilian world, so whether you’re flying for Air Canada or an awesome little company
that we fly for, FlyGTA, you do not need 20/20 vision. You have to have
corrected to 20/20 vision. So you have to have glasses that allow you to see as if you have 20/20. But glasses are fine. – Okay, okay. Awesome.
What about retirement? Do you have to retire at a certain point? Are there any rules for that? – Yeah, there are rules
for retirement for pilots, but only if you’re an airline pilot for Air Canada or West Jet. – Okay. – They do have mandatory retirement ages. As long as you have a valid medical, ’til the day you pass away, you can fly. You can fly contract. You
can fly corporate aircraft. You can fly for yourself. You
can just have your own plane. – [Olivia] How cool. – [David] Fly around for fun, yeah. – How often do you have to
re-do all the training and- ? – So there’s, when you get the license – Licensing, yeah. – The license lasts forever. – Wonderful. And what
exactly does a pilot do? ‘Cause I’ve heard myths
about pilots, copilots, that they really just take off and land and
then a computer does it. So I’m not actually sure. And what are the pre-flight duties? I want to hear it all. – You’re actually absolutely right. A pilot for Air Canada,
that’s what they do. They are button pushers
and coffee drinkers. That’s really what they do. All their pre-flight information is provided to them by dispatch. When they fly, the flight plan is programmed
into the airplane’s computer. Take off is, pretty much
all they do is rotate, they just pull up on the
yoke, turn on autopilot and the plane can land on its own. – Oh wow. – In fact, the smoother the landing, or the landing in the really
low visibility scenarios, that’s a computer
landing. That’s auto-land. And it does increase safety, phenomenally, but at the same time, it
reduces a pilot’s proficiency because they’re not hand-flying as much. Pre-flight duties would
include checking NOTAMs, which is checking conditions on the ground at the airports we’re
flying into and out of, checking the weather, doing your flight plan, checking
the speeds and the winds. Weather is a huge component, it’s a huge, you have to make sure
that the weather’s okay to conduct the flight safely. Weight and balance. So all these things our pilots
are doing before the flight. In the airline world,
that’s done by dispatchers. – Okay. Okay. And is there a
decrease in pilot these days? Or are you guys on the rise? (laughs) – No, that is a huge
dilemma for the industry. It’s not just pilots, it’s mechanics, it’s air traffic controllers. There is a shortage. Today is a great day for you to get into flying, maintaining aircraft or controlling aircraft as an ATC. So when you have all
these pilots retiring, and then a huge demand for
pilots, it creates that shortage. The same time, training
costs are skyrocketing. It’s very expensive to
train to be a pilot today. – Yeah. Well it’s good you
started when you did then. (laughs) Let’s talk about safety. Obviously that is your number one concern when you’re up there. – Yeah. Safety is a core
value of our company. You have to be able to deal
with abnormalities in flight. – Have you ever had a scare? Or a close call? Or where
you were like “Oh boy”? – You know, you have things go wrong, but there’s redundant systems built in, there’s procedures to deal with them. Have I gotten scared? No, you just have to go
back to your training and you have to understand that this isn’t you know, it could become a big issue, – [Olivia] Right. – But let’s do certain
things to prevent it from becoming that big issue. – And planes are checked every
time before going in the air. – Yeah, and that’s the thing. Airplanes, you can hear of airplanes that are like, decades old. The reason is because the
maintenance is so meticulous. They’re inspected at constant intervals. The critical components are changed based on number of hours of use. And they’re made of aluminum.
They don’t rust like cars do. They do corrode, but
you do, you inspect that and you take away the corrosion as needed. But yeah, they are built, airplanes are build like tanks. They’ll deal with it, don’t worry. – [Olivia] Right (laughs) So it’s just your heart, so
you need to calm down or like, – [David] Humans can’t take
it, the plane can take it. – Exactly. What about all those people that think plane tickets
are just so expensive? Can we just break it down so people know what they’re paying for essentially? – Flights in Canada are
generally more expensive than you get in Europe
or America in the States. Number of reasons. A, our taxes and fees
are much higher in Canada than in the other places. And B, there’s more
competition in those places. In Europe for example, the British Airline can fly
between European countries. There’s more American airlines
operating in the States. In Canada there are fewer and therefore, there’s less supply. And therefore, the prices
are gonna be higher. On the other side of things,
you have higher taxes and fees. Take a breakdown, so if you’re on a scheduled
flight for example, you’ll see the base fare, then you’ll see ya taxes
and you’ll see fees. Taxes are things like HST if there is. Fees would include a security fee, so each time we walk through
a security checkpoint, someone has to pay for that. – Okay. – You’re in fact paying
for it out of your ticket. The airport, to use the airport, for the airline to use the airport, the airport charges the
airline a fee per passenger. It could be AIF, airport improvement fee, the airline is passing that onto you and you’re seeing that in
your taxes and fees breakdown. The fare is what the airline makes, the taxes and fees are
what the airline is paying to the operator, the airport operator, to the security system,
or to the government. – And that includes like landing fees? – Yes, landing fees are paid
per landing of the aircraft and those go to the airports and then the airport also
charges per passenger because you’re using the
terminal and all its amenities. That’s gotta be paid for and you’re paying that
out of your fees as well. – Do you think the prices are fair for what everyone’s paying out there? (laughs) There’s no right or wrong answer. – So, Pearson for example is one of the most expensive airports in the world. I think it’s the second most, after Tokyo. Do I think it’s fair? No. Would I like to see
lower prices? Of course. If I see lower prices,
then there’s more demand and people are flying more. – And before I let you go, – Sure. – If there was another
job you could be doing, what would it be and why? – I would have loved
to be a doctor as well. I think that would be cool. An astronaut. Well, – (laughs) Yeah. That’s what I was hoping. – You know what? If I
had anything, astronaut. – Okay. – Go to the Air Force, become
an amazing Air Force pilot. Become an astronaut. That would be wicked. – Yeah and you’d still be up there right? – I’d still be up there. I’d be in, maybe go to Mars one day. I don’t know, being an
astronaut would be amazing. – Yeah, that would be cool. Well that’s the end of our segment. Guys, thank you so much for tuning in. Don’t forget to subscribe. And if you heard
helicopters and airplanes, well that’s just how it goes over here. We’ll see you guys next week. Take care. (dramatic instrumental music)

9 thoughts on “How to Become a Pilot in Canada (2019)

  1. Want to know about Air Plane Turbulence? Pilot David Nissan will let you know if it's safe or actually dangerous, just click this link >

  2. Thanks for the video I want to become a pilot or ATC and the cheapest way is joining The Royal Canadian Air Force

  3. Can you explain whole process from graduation to captain on a sheet which includes everything like exams, total money till becoming captain it will answer many of your subscribers including me…😊

  4. What's the most affordable way to become a pilot via flight schools etc? What is the cheapest? The military isn't an option lol.

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