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DHC-6 Wheel-plane and Sea-plane Instructor

Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. (‘PSAI’) is a privately held B.C. company, with operations at our headquarters in Victoria and at our Twin Otter flight test and training centre in Calgary, Alberta.


PSAI’s sister company Viking Air Limited (‘Viking’) is a global leader in utility aircraft services and manufacturer of the world-renowned Series 400 Twin Otter.


For over 25 years, PSAI has been a Transport Canada approved provider of flight training, including initial licensing and ratings for new pilots.  Since Viking’s launch of the Series 400 Twin Otter and acquisition of the Bombardier waterbomber program, PSAI has also provided advanced Twin Otter and CL-215/CL-415 training for pilots throughout the world.


PSAI’s brand new flight training center in Calgary houses a Level “D” Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Full Flight Simulator.  In the first year of operation, the Twin Otter simulator is beating expectations and business growth is expanding rapidly. Pacific Sky is also actively developing the world’s first DHC-6 Seaplane simulator.


In 2020 PSAI will be offering DHC-6 Seaplane training to our internationally based customers.


For the past two years, PSAI has been providing training for CL-215 and CL-415 waterbomber pilots and engineers.   Viking is considering the restart of production with the CL-515, an improved and modernized version of the classic waterbomber.  


This growth requires a new position at PSAI – DHC-6 Wheelplane and Seaplane Simulator and Aircraft Instructor

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Reporting directly to the Training Manager, the Seaplane Simulator and Aircraft Instructor is responsible for the safe operation of PSAI, Viking Air and Customer training devices; ensuring the delivery of high caliber training to pilots of varied experience and skill levels.  This successful incumbent is responsible for ensuring the needs of the client are met in alignment with all corporate, safety and regulatory standards.


As PSAI has a significant ground school and simulation presence in the global market, the Seaplane Simulator and Aircraft Instructor will be responsible for providing training in the Full Flight Simulator, the Cockpit Procedures Trainer, the classroom as well as In-Aircraft Training. The applicant should be comfortable with extended periods without actual flying, as well as shift work to accommodate international clients, and a facility that may be active 24 hours a day.



  • All training related duties, including acting as Pilot in Command and First Officer.
  • Executing the day-to-day flight operations in a way that meets the expectations of internal and external customer requirements.  
  • Understanding the client mission requirements and working to provide creative solutions and options to meet the objectives of each mission.
  • Performing training operations activities so that PSAI and Viking fully meet all safety and regulatory requirements.  
  • Providing world class training which meets PSAI’s service standards both on the Aircraft and on any of the Flight Training devices; including In-Country training at the operator’s base.
  • Providing In-Aircraft training to all internal PSAI Simulator Instructors to ensure they maintain currency on type.
  • Providing SME expertise to continuously develop the Flight Training Devices such as upgrades, modifications etc.
  • Ensuring the classroom, ground instruction, and simulator facilities are kept in a state of readiness which meets PSAI standards.
  • Completing all required documentation in a timely manner, including simulator logs, tracking sheets, SMS reports, training records, and financial reports.
  • Supporting and implementing the PSAI and Viking Air strategic and business objectives. 
  • Contributing positively to the culture, growth and strategic direction of the companies.
  • Establishing and maintaining metrics for measurement of flight operations activities.
  • Attending and participating in a variety of professional and instructor development programs.
  • Assisting the training team in research and development of advanced training product(s).
  • Participating in a quality assurance program that involves detailed recordkeeping, survey delivery/participation, and continuous improvement both for the students, and as a staff member.
  • Participating in training standards assessment reviews



  • Commercial Pilots License
  • 2500+ hours total time
  • 500+ PIC hours on the DHC6 Twin Otter on floats
  • 1000+ PIC on floats
  • Additional professional certifications (licenses, ratings, etc.) required to perform the duties of the position.
  • A proven history of work in an instructional capacity (e.g. Instructor rating, training department member, Pilot Examiner, Approved Check Pilot, etc.)
  • Desire to work in an aviation training role in a class/simulator capacity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with above average report writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to prioritize projects, deal with interruptions, and meet deadlines in a fast paced and growth-oriented environment
  • Computer Proficiency with Windows and MS Office
  • Solid problem-solving skills with the ability to think creatively, out of the box, to solve complicated problems
  • Ability to collaborate and engage with others to brain storm ideas
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