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Flight Service Specialty (FIC)

Flight Service Specialist (FIC)

A career as a Flight Service Specialist at NAV CANADA is beyond rewarding. Every day is a new opportunity to work with different teams and apply different skills.

Specialists work in teams in Flight Information Centres (FIC)  that provide flight-planning services, deliver in-depth interpretive weather information and en-route flight information to aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. They also provide essential safety services when an aircraft is missing or overdue and help coordinate search efforts.

Pilots often call the Flight Information Centre prior to departure, to take advantage of the specialist’s in-depth knowledge of weather patterns and special advisories along their planned route.   The information received from a Flight Information Centre positively affects flight safety and efficiency. They work out of one of seven Flight Information Centres located in Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Quebec City and Halifax.

"I love the variety. One minute you’re giving a weather briefing, the next minute you’re delivering a clearance, filing a flight plan or issuing a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).We provide a very broad range of services to pilots."

Dione Cartier
Flight Service Specialist, Kamloops FIC

Training & Salary

Training to become a Flight Service Specialist at a FIC typically starts at the regional training unit located at one of five training centres (Kamloops, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London and Quebec). Training consists of a specialized flight information course where the students are taught basic meteorology theory, local weather effects, pre-flight, and enroute services. This is followed by on-the-job training, where you’ll be paired with an experienced FIC Flight Service Specialist who will serve as your on-the-job instructor until you are ready to do the work on your own.

Phase 1

Classroom and pilot briefing course: 5 to 6 months.
Phase 1 students allowance: Approximately $30,000

Phase 2

On the job training: 4 to 5 months.
Phase 2 training salary: Approximately $37, 000.

AVERAGE Total durations of Training:

9 to 11 months

APPROXIMATE salary for a CERTIFIED FSS (FIC):

$72,000 to $90,000

*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, evening and weekend and holiday shift premiums.

A closer look

A closer look

Possible Posts

You will normally be posted within the region you applied. The Flight Information Centre you are posted at is based on operational requirements and could include Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Quebec City and Halifax.

Possible Posts

You will normally be posted within the region you applied. The Flight Information Centre you are posted at is based on operational requirements and could include Kamloops, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Quebec City and Halifax.

  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Kamloops
  • London
  • Quebec
  • Whitehorse
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
  • Halifax
  • Kamloops
  • London
  • Quebec
  • Whitehorse
  • Winnipeg

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