The Moncton Flight College
(MFC) is a pilot training school based at the Greater Moncton International Airport
Greater Moncton International Airport or Moncton/Greater Moncton International Airport is located in the city of Dieppe east northeast of downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada...
(CYQM) in Dieppe
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, New Brunswick
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. MFC is the largest private flight school in Canada. The college has trained over 16,000 pilots from around the world since 1929. Moncton Flight College went into receivership on February 14th 2011, all aircraft operation were grounded for Liability Obligations, but as of February 22 , 2011 a deal with Canlink aviation has been in the works to buy out the company and turn it from non-profit into a for-profit business.
The official organizational date of the Moncton Flying Club coincides with the date of the first Air Pageant, held July 1, 1929, to raise money for the airport. A group of citizens had decided that Moncton should be an air center of the Maritimes
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. The site for the first airport in Moncton was chosen, and work was started in April 1929. However, hard times followed shortly after the airport was complete with the onset of the Great Depression
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, and all flight activity virtually ceased. It was not until the late 1930s that flight training began again at the Moncton Flying Club. By the end of 1939, the Flying Club was officially incorporated and had a fleet of two privately owned planes.
Canada declared war on Germany
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on September 10, 1939, and the Moncton Flying Club was given the opportunity to run the "Elementary Flying Training School, Royal Canadian Air Force," (#21 E.F.T.S., R.C.A.F.) newly opened in Chatham, New Brunswick
Chatham is a Canadian urban neighbourhood in the city of Miramichi, New Brunswick.Prior to municipal amalgamation in 1995, Chatham was an incorporated town in Northumberland County along the south bank of the Miramichi River opposite Douglastown...
. Training got started at the school in early July 1941, immediately after the first intake of airmen. The Fleet Finch
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biplane used by the school was a hardy machine with a five-cylinder engine and fabric-covered wings and fuselage. By 1945, Moncton Flying Club was operating three Elementary Flying Training Schools across Canada.
By the 1950s, the Moncton Flying Club had acquired a considerable fleet of aircraft, including four or five Tiger Moth
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s, two Fairchild Cornells, three Aeroncas, and a Cessna
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T50. Despite tough economic times, membership numbers increased and the Club's notoriety grew. When an allocation of Air Cadets arrived for training, a dormitory and canteen were set up on the premises. In 1949, night flying was added to the curriculum, despite the lack of radar
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equipment. The Club even put together an air show, the first of many to come, with Harvards and Sea Furies
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competing and a stunt pilot from Quebec City
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The school grew quickly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and in 1961 the Flying Club was awarded its first Yorath Trophy, symbolic of Canada's top Flying Club. In 1962 the Club took over operation of Atlantic Central Airlines, which consisted of a twin Apache and amphibious Cessna 180. These additions complimented the Club's single engine charter service and enabled it to conduct twin engine training.
June 12, 1965 marked a black day in the Club's history, the historic hangar
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was destroyed in a devastating fire. However, those involved with the Club were determined to rebuild the premises, and on October 8, 1966 the new hangar and dormitory was officially opened.
By the mid 1970s, students were joining from almost every country in Europe and Asia. An Eight bay "T" hangar was built during 1974–75, and were used by private owners and the club's aircraft.
In the 1980s, MFC changed its marketing name to "Moncton Flight Centre". For a time a fleet of Piper Navajo aircraft were operated for charters and light parcel express, initially under the name "Hummingbirds" and eventually "Eastwind Flights". In the fall of 1989, the Board of Directors chose to focus on flight training and the assets of Eastwind were sold.
In more recent times the college had been growing quicker than ever, becoming the largest in Canada. In 2006 the school was awarded the largest pilot training contract ever in Canada, to train 800 Chinese
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pilots. The college announced in 2007 it would soon open a new campus in Fredericton
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to handle the quickly increasing student population. MFC had also recently signed an agreement with Mount Allison University
Mount Allison University is a primarily undergraduate Canadian liberal arts and science university situated in Sackville, New Brunswick. It is located about a half hour from the regional city of Moncton and 20 minutes from the Greater Moncton International Airport...
to offer a Bachelor's degree in Aviation.
Programs & Courses
- Bachelor of Science, Aviation Major (BSc(Av))
- Diploma in Aviation Technology (PILOT)
- Integrated Commercial Pilot Course (ICPC)
- Traditional Pilot Training Program
- Recreational Pilot Permit
- Private Pilot License (PPL)
- Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
- Instrument Ratings
- Multi-Engine Rating
- Class 4 Instructor Rating
- Aerobatic Instructor Rating
- Advanced Education
- Safety Management Systems (SMS)
- Crew Resource Management (CRM)
- Airside Vehicle Operator Permit (AVOP)
Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
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- The Diamond Eclipse had become the college's primary trainer as of September 2003. The college owns and operates 17 Eclipses.
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- The college owns and operates 7 Cessnas.
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- The college owns and operates 3 Seminoles, which are used for multi-engine and multi-IFR training.
- This tail dragger was used for Aerobatic instruction, upset training and tailwheel checkouts. The college owned and operated 1 Citabria. The Citabria was ground-looped and replaced by a Decathlon.
King Air 200 Flight Training Device (FTD) / Simulator
- The King Air 200 FTD is a Transport Canada certified level V device. Although not a full motion sim, has a 200 degree view from the flight deck, and is used to simulate various mechanical and weather situations, particularly in training of crew resource management (CRM). This is the first one of its type bought in Canada.
ATC 810 Simulator
- The ATC 810 Simulator is used to introduce the student to the first stages of instrument flying by concentrating on procedures and IFR navigation. The Moncton Flight College owns and operates 2 ATC 810's which simulate the Piper Navajo. Both are fitted with HSI's, DME's VOR's, ADF's and dual radios. Each simulator also has a plotter to allow the student to see exactly what they have done during their session.