History of the Pacific Flying Club

Pacific Flying Club has a proud and interesting history.

The Club was established in 1965 as the Canadian Pacific Airlines Employees Flying Club and later became known as the Pacific Flying Club. Originally located at Vancouver International Airport, we relocated to Boundary Bay Airport in 1985 when ZBB was recommissioned as an airport.

The Club’s senior management team has been recognized as leaders in their field. Gretchen Matheson, the Club’s Chief Flight Instructor in the 1980?s and early 1990’s was a pioneer among women in Canadian aviation and was awarded the British Columbia Aviation Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.

Dick Laidman, former Chief Engineer with the Club, was also a pioneer in aviation having been a former president of Pacific Western Airlines.

In 1999, PFC became the first flight training centre in the Lower Mainland to be accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia. While all schools offering post secondary training were required to register with PCTIA, accreditation is voluntary and demonstrates the school’s commitment to excellence in training and focus on quality.

In 2015 the Club celebrated its 50th anniversary and hosted the Webster Trophy Finals for Canada’s Top Amateur Pilot as well as a variety of special events throughout the year.

Clark Duimel, the Club’s current Executive Director of Flight Operations was awarded the David Charles Abramson Flight Instructor Safety Award in 2005 confirming his status as one of the top flight training professionals in Canada.

Pat Kennedy also became the first woman to be named Chair of the Air Transport Association of Canada in 2001.

Since 2002, Pacific Flying Club has been honored to be in partnership with BCIT offering the Airline & Flight Operations Program.

Over the years, the Club’s graduates have moved on to rewarding careers in aviation flying for Canada’s major airlines, regional airlines, international carriers, cargo, corporate and the uniquely Canadian bush flying sector. One of our graduates was recently seen on “Ice Pilots” getting his check with Buffalo Airways!

The school is now recognized as a leader in IFR and simulator training. The school has more simulator options than any school in the Lower Mainland and has invested in this technology significantly. PFC is proud to support Seneca College’s research towards advanced simulation in the flight training industry and is one of only a few to be invited to test their research and flight training models.

We invite you to become part of the PFC family and include us in helping you add to your own history!

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