I am currently flying for Kenn Borek Air Ltd. as a DHC-6 Co-pilot Based in Vancouver,BC. I have been with the company for three and a half years.
Like many others, I desired a flying career at a young age. I remember visiting the flight deck of a DC-10 during a trip overseas at the age of
five and decided at that time that flying was certainly a job for me. I started training in the summer of 1998 where I obtained my private licence. That September I started aviation college and graduated in April 2000.
In the summer of 2000, I landed a job as a dock hand in Vancouver Harbour. The dock was a great entry level job for me. I made many contacts
while working the dock and it ended up leading me to my first flying job the next spring. In the spring of 2001, I followed aviation up north to the NWT. I started logging PIC on the Cessna 172 and was checked out on the Twin Otter that fall. Having never experienced the cold of the north, flying in these parts was certainly eye opening. However, it was not to last as I was
laid off along with others the following spring due to the events of September 11th. So, I headed home not knowing where my career was headed. It
turned out that I was not without work for long. I sent a resume to Borek as soon as I got home and not 48 hours later, I found myself in Calgary and was hired as a Co-Pilot on the DHC-6.
In the summer of 2002 I was back flying in the Arctic and in Vancouver on floats. I headed to the Maldives that October and spent just short of
two years there. Flying to and from the many resorts of the Maldives is a great experience. It's pretty hard to to pass up when the weather is thirty degrees and you're surrounded by white sandy beaches and clear blue water as
well. There's some challenging float flying in the Maldives and a person can log upwards of eighty hours per month there.
In 2004 I left the Maldives and returned to Canada. I spent another summer in the Arctic and managed to get a spot on the Antarctic contract
that October. Mostly, we fly scientists to and from field camps and research sites supporting the National Science Foundation. The Antarctic was my best aviation experience so far. Flying on board ski's from Mcmurdo Station was
incredibly challenging and the views on the continent were nothing but spectacular. Setting foot on the South Pole was certainly the high point of the trip as not many people can say they have been there. In February, the contract ended and we ferried the planes back to Calgary through South America and the United States.
The ferry flight was an experience in itself.
Stopping at Various cities in South America,viewing the Panama Canal by
air, and then through Mexico and the USA.
Working for Kenn Borek has been one of the best experiences in my life to date. It is truly a global operation and has allowed me to see many parts of the world. Generally, a pilot can work in one of the many bases in the Arctic on a rotational basis. However, the company does have additional contracts in Antarctica, Burma and the Maldives. A great company to fly for, full of quality people to fly with and the experiences are second to none.
The best of luck to you in your aviation career and wherever it takes you. Hopefully this will give some insight as what to expect in starting an aviation career.
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