Flight Service Specialist (Airport Advisory)
Flight service specialists play a safety-critical role in the Canadian air navigation system.
At more than 50 airports across the country, specialists at Flight Service Stations provide timely, essential information to arriving and departing aircraft at their respective locations. That includes helping pilots with runway selection for landing and taking off, including the provision of wind and altimeter information, and “passing traffic“ (advising pilots about other aircraft operating near the airport to keep them out of harm`s way). They also control the movement of vehicles on runways and taxiways, and provide a wide range of additional information from runway condition reports to meteorological conditions. Some Flight Service Stations also deliver remote airport advisory services to neighbouring facilities
Working at a Flight Service Station means that you will be working with some of the most modern air traffic technologies in the world. Many Flight Service Stations are equipped with radar feeds to assist in the monitoring or aircraft movements and all Flight Service Stations are paperless operations, employing touch screen technology to communicate seamlessly with other NAV CANADA units.
Training to become a flight service specialist starts at the regional training unit located at one of seven area control centres. The first stage of training consists of classroom and simulator training. This is followed by on-the-job training, where you’ll be paired with an experienced flight service specialist who will serve as your on-the-job instructor until you are ready to do the work on your own.
Classroom and simulator training: 4 to 6 months
Phase 1 student allowance: $30,000 per year
On the job training: 4 to 6 months
Phase 2 training salary: $35,000 per year
Total duration of training: 8 to 12 months
Approximate salary for a certified FSS (Airport): $56,000 to $89,000*
*In addition, you can receive premiums and bonuses related to duties as an on-the-job instructor, working at sites that offer air traffic services in both official languages, taking on supervisory duties, location premiums and evening, weekend and holiday shift premiums.