PrepAIR made it's YCD debut on Saturday 8 April 2017 to an enthusiastic audience of approximately 100 participants. To all who participated, our sincere thanks - we couldn't have asked for a better inaugural seminar for this location, and we can without doubt say we have now effectively expanded our message to a much broader group of the BC aviation community. If you participated, we would love to hear your feedback. The good, the bad, and everything in between, we will use it to direct our future seminars and we are serious listeners. For those of you that were not able to attend, please see below for the PrepAIR YCD outline so you can get some sense of what was offered.

Again, our sincere thanks for your continued support. 


0830 - 0845 | Coffee and Snacks (provided by NAV CANADA), Meet and Greet


0845 - 0900 | Introduction and Overview

Thomas Murphy - NAV CANADA, Mike Hooper - Nanaimo Airport Commission


0900 - 0930 | CARS 602.96 - MF Procedures at an Uncontrolled Aerodrome

Thomas Murphy - NAV CANADA


0930 - 1030 | Vital Aviation Presentation

Allie Wilson - Vital Aviation


1030 - 1045 | Coffee and Snacks (provided by YCD Airport Commission)


1045 - 1130 | Terminal Airspace Structure and Procedures

Aidan Kyne - NAV CANADA, YJ Terminal ATC


1130 - 1200 | Nanaimo Airport Master Plan

Mike Hooper - Nanaimo Airport Commission


1200 - 1300 | Lunch (provided by Nanaimo Airport Commission)

NEW: Special Guest Speaker!

Major Yanick "Crank" Gregoire, Deputy Commanding Officer - RCAF 431 Squadron Snowbirds


1300 - 1345 | Mountain Flying, Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS)

Andrew Graham - NAV CANADA, YKA FIC


1345 - 1415 | YCD Airport Operations and Local Procedures

Don Goulard - Nanaimo Airport Commission, Operations Manager


1415 - 1445 | Human Factors and Emergencies

Ryan Van Haren - BCGAA and NAV CANADA, YJ Terminal ATC


1445-1500 | Break 


1500 - 1530 | Runway Incursions

Brent Bell - NAV CANADA, YCD FSS and YVR Tower manager


1530 - 1600 | SMS Overview, Pilot Errors, the Top 5 Enforcement Issues and Follow-up Processes

Transport Canada


1600 - 1630 | Q and A

All Presenters


1630 - 1700 | Closing Remarks and Certificate Presentation


The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) tell us that every two years, pilots must complete a recurrent training activity. In order to satisfy this requirement, pilots can choose one of the following activities:

  • complete a flight review with an instructor;

  • attend a Transport Canada safety seminar;

  • participate in a Transport Canada approved recurrent training program;

  • complete the self-paced study program available each year in the Aviation Safety Letter;

  • complete a training program or pilot proficiency check (PPC) required by Part IV, VI or VII of the CARs;

  • complete the requirements for the issue or renewal of a licence, permit or rating; or

  • complete the written exam for a licence, permit or rating.

PrepAIR YCD is a Transport Canada accredited recurrent training program, and attendance will ensure you are in compliance with the CARs two-year recency requirement. Certified proof of attendance will be provided to you at the end of the seminar.

To review the applicable TC CARs pilot recency requirement, click here.


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