It’s the kind of school that’s supposed to have students left up in the air.
The Canadian Flight Centre, based in the Lower Mainland, has opened its first branch — in Kamloops.
The opening has been quiet because there’s been such demand by students to get flying that renovations to upgrade the school’s location are still being done, said Steven Halinen, chief flight instructor.
“We’re a flight school in Boundary Bay, Vancouver. We were looking for new opportunities,” he said Tuesday.
The fact Kamloops is a growing community, along with the recent improvements made at the airport and the climate were all factors in the choice of location.
“It’s not the city that it used to be,” he said.
“We’ve put two planes there now, we’ll put up more as required.”
Those two starter planes are small Cessnas. Halinen said there are people interested in flying as a career, and others who want to do it as a hobby.
Both are welcome at the school, along with those who have been licensed and have had it lapse.
“There’s predicted to be a significant demand for pilots in the next few years, especially with retirements,” he said.
“And we’re looking for recreational flyers who are interested in getting their licences and flying as a hobby.”
Halinen said $99 discovery flights for those thinking about getting their licence are available.
The school was created in 1979 and has trained more than 3,000 pilots in more than 20 countries.
The school is based at 2969 Airport Rd. The phone number is 250-376-0061.