DAA operates out of a modern facility constructed in 2015. Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB) the building has plenty of office and classroom space and a 21,500 square foot hangar floor. DAA also has its own Approved Maintenance Organization with 5 full-time Aircraft Maintenance Engineers on site.
Becoming a pilot is one of life’s most challenging and rewarding adventures. A career in aviation is an opportunity to get paid to do what you love. Many young boys and girls dream of one day becoming an airline pilot and flying all over the world.
Greater Sudbury is a city of just over 157,000 and serves as the regional capital of Northeastern Ontario. It is just a 4 hour drive north of Toronto. Sudbury is home to two universities – Laurentian University and the University of Sudbury, as well as two colleges – Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. There are plenty of things to do in Sudbury including many great restaurants, nightlife, and outdoor activities.
Did You Know?
...that DAA is registered as a Private Career College (PCC) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005? All flight schools offering a Commercial Pilot License or Flight Instructor Rating must be registered as a PCC. DAA is one of the only schools in Northern Ontario, and the only school in Sudbury, approved to offer both these programs.
... that Discovery Air Defence Services (DADS) is also a part of the Discovery Air network? Discovery Air Defence Services is the exclusive provider of combat airborne training solutions to the Canadian Forces. The company is home to many ex-Air Force "Top Guns" who help train Canada's fighter pilots.
... that DAA conducts some of its multi-engine training using the Cessna 337 Skymaster? Within the Discovery Air network, we operate 19 Skymasters making us the largest operator of Skymasters in Canada, and one of the largest in all of North America. A variant of the C337 called the O-2 was used extensively for reconnaisaince during the Vietnam War. Its high-wing, push-pull design offers great visibility which makes it the perfect aircraft for forest fire detection at Discovery Air Fire Services.
... that Discovery Aviation Academy is part of a larger network called Discovery Air? Founded in 2004, Discovery Air is a specialty aviation services company operating across Canada and in select locations internationally. With over 140 aircraft, it is one of the largest air operators in Canada, employing more than 850 flight crew, maintainers and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance and logistics solutions to its government, airline and business customers.
... that DAA operates out of a modern facility constructed in 2010? Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB) the building has plenty of office and classroom space and a 13,000 square foot hangar floor. DAA also has its own Approved Maintenance Organization which in addition to maintaining its fleet does third party maintenance for Bearskin Airlines, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and many private clients.
... that Discovery Air is a prominent part of the Hawk One Team? Discovery Air has led the way in teaming up with Vintage Wings of Canada, the Canadian Forces and a number of like minded corporate sponsors to highlight Canada’s proud aviation heritage. One of the pilots of the Hawk One is Dan Dempsey. Dan is a former CF fighter pilot, Snowbird commander, and airline captain who now flies for Discovery Air Defence Services.
... that you don't need perfect vision to become a pilot? That's an old myth, and is not true at all. To become a pilot your vision needs to be 20/30 but you are free to wear contacts or eyeglasses.
... that there is no age limit to start learning how to fly? You can start your training at any age, whether you are in your teens or in your sixties. You could even go solo before getting your driver's licence.
At DAA, we are 100% committed to our students’ career progression from the moment they step in the door until they are in an aviation career that they love. We have been doing this with our fire detection pilots for years, working hard to place them into positions with Bearskin Airlines, Air Georgian, Air Canada, and many more.
DAA provides commercial air operator training to new Fire Detection Pilots coming into Discovery Air Fire Services. This training includes a number of different modules such as surface contamination, survival training, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT), line indoctrination, and safety management system (SMS) training.
With over 160 aircraft, Discovery Air is one of the largest air operators in Canada. It employs more than 850 flight crew, maintainers, and support staff to deliver a variety of air transport, maintenance, and logistics solutions to its government, airline, and business customers.
Discovery flights are for those interested in aviation and want to experience what it’s like to fly an airplane. You will go up with one of our instructors and have the chance to take the controls of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. A Discovery Flight is the first step to see if you have what it takes to become a pilot.
Discovery Aviation Academy is a flight school based in Sudbury, Ontario. We offer a variety of recreational and career oriented flight training to meet the needs of all aspiring pilots. If you have always wanted to learn how to be a pilot, now is the time to get started! Let us help make your dream a reality.
Dedicated to bridging the gap between graduation and a career, Discovery Aviation Academy has developed the Career Pilot Program. The 2 year full-time program is designed to graduate commercial pilots who have the experience and real-world exposure to make them employable in the Canadian aviation industry.