About | Our Story
PrepAIR was created in 2015 by NAV CANADA's Darlene George, manager of YYJ Tower and YWH Flight Service Station, and Simon Dennis, YYJ Tower air traffic controller and ATPL pilot. Wanting to do something in their company's name to engage the local aviation community in a way that had never been done before, they proudly used the resources and reputation of their NAV CANADA, one of the world's most respected air navigation services providers, to develop PrepAIR and its respective seminars.
We are motivated by the knowledge that in aviation, every user is uniquely connected and a part of the same picture, often more than we realize. From controllers, to airport authorities, to pilots, to every other user, opportunities to interact with each other and understand the role we respectively play are limited, at best. We saw a need to change that, and set about finding a way to do so. The solution was PrepAIR - created for you, the local user and pilot, but as much more than just a standard pilot refresher. It is a call to come together, to provide you with new points of view, to meet and communicate with those that you normally wouldn't have the chance to. All conducted in a welcoming atmosphere that will not only increase your knowledge, but leave you with a greater sense that we are a part of broad and inherently connected community. There are very few industries that are separated by such a satisfyingly minimal degree of separation, and we capitalize on NAV CANADA's role as a facilitator to further this close relationship. We believe in the value of connection, of the communication that can emerge from it, and from what we can each learn from each other. Whether you are a student pilot, life-long aviator, or anyone in between, we are confident you will fly away from a PrepAIR event feeling indeed more prepared, and a more inclusive part of the aviation community.
PrepAIR began with a one-day pilot refresher held at the Victoria International Airport in the spring of 2015. Our primary goal then, and is still to this day: providing local pilots with a free, applicable, and easily accessible forum through which to ready themselves for the busier flying seasons. We wanted to use the existing pilot refresher model, but to turn it on its head, so we set out to make PrepAIR more professional, more interactive, and more accessible than any refreshers that we knew of. We wanted to create not only an event, but a brand. Something to become known, and something to last. And as much as giving users this refresher model to learn and refresh, we wanted to create a new way for users in local aviation communities to come together and communicate, to realized a deeper sense of community, to committing to safer taxiways, runways and skies.
Building on the very positive response we received from our start in 2015, PrepAIR grew in 2016 with another seminar at YYJ, presenting to a larger audience with expanded material, a new roundtable format, and Transport Canada accreditation (PrepAIR meets CAR biennial pilot recency requirements). In 2017 and 2018, PrepAIR grew even further, with our original one-day seminar format expanding to new locations throughout BC. 2019 will see PrepAIR land in our newest location, Abbotsford (YXX) while returning to Kamloops and continuing for the fifth year in a row where we started in Victoria. As always, every PrepAIR event will remain completely free of charge, and be available to everyone who is ready to participate.
Communication, community, and commitment. We are safer together.
Welcome to PrepAIR.