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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

DAA News - Archive

01/02/17 2:29 PM
Toronto, ON, January 31, 2017 - Discovery Air Inc. ("Discovery Air" or the "Company") (TSX:DA.A) has completed its previously announced transaction (the "DAFS Disposition") to sell the fire services business operated by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Air Fire Services Inc. ("DAFS"), to certain affiliates of Clairvest Group Inc. ("Clairvest"). Due to a delay in obtaining certain regulatory ...
19/11/15 10:16 AM
Discovery Aviation Academy will be attending the following events in the coming months. Please feel free to stop by our booth to learn more about how Discovery Aviation Academy can help you earn your wings and start an exciting career in aviation! Cambrian College Career & Job Fair You don't want to miss Cambrian's annual Career and Job Fair! Employers from Sudbury and across Canada will be there recruiting for full- and part-time positi...
04/09/14 9:01 AM
On August 17, 2014 Discovery Aviation Academy hosted its second annual K4K Fun Fly Day. The fun-packed event included a BBQ, static displays, kid’s activities as well as sight-seeing flights over the city of Sudbury in support of the Kicx for Kids Charity. This year, we were able to get over 110 people up in the air and donate $2,500 despite cool weather. Donations will be put toward Phase 2 of the Kicx for Kids project which aims for a com...
11/11/13 11:02 AM
On September 21st, Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA) employees and students teamed up as the Birddogs to take part in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Pulling for Wheels of Hope. Hosted at the Greater Sudbury Airport, the challenge of this event was to pull a CL415 water Bomber with a team of 10 to 15 people. The DAA Birddogs, who raised $1,575 for the cause, succeeded in pulling the water bomber 20 feet in around 10 seconds. On behalf of the D...
07/11/13 10:43 AM
Winter 2014 Ground School Discovery Aviation Academy will be holding a ground school starting January 7th, 2014. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm and is designed to accommodate both Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence students. School work got you down? Why not learn to fly? The course is designed to prepare a student for the Transport Canada written examination and includes the followi...
07/05/13 12:47 PM
Sudbury, ON, May 7 2013 – Discovery Aviation Academy is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to provide training for the Air Cadet Power Pilot Scholarship Program. The contract includes providing flight training for 10 Air Cadets toward their Private Pilot Licence during a seven week period in the summer of 2013. Discovery Aviation Academy is one of a number of schools providing flight training to 250 students across Cana...
20/11/12 3:01 PM
Interested in becoming a pilot? Or are you a pilot looking to upgrade your licence to commercial? Discovery Aviation Academy is registering students interested in attending Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence ground school starting in January 2013. Private Pilot Licence Ground School is the first step toward becoming a pilot and no previous experience is required. It consists of 40 hours of in-class training toward the Transport Can...
30/10/12 9:17 AM
Be sure to check out the Discovery Aviation Academy booth at the Cambrian College Fall Open House on November 10th, 2012 from 12-3pm . Learn about the exciting career options in the field of aviation and the programs available through Discovery Aviation Academy. DAA will be highlighting its Career Pilot Program in partnership with Cambrian College's Business Fundamentals Program. Career Pilot Program student Iain Allison after his first solo More...
15/03/12 1:29 PM
March 15, 2012, Sudbury, ON – Discovery Aviation Academy is pleased to announce that it has secured optional co-op positions for its Career Pilot Program. Discovery Air Fire Services, the parent company of Discovery Aviation Academy, has recently been awarded a contract to provide 6 Aerial Detection Observers to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. These positions will be made available to students enrolled in the Career Pilot Program...
15/02/12 3:05 PM
Discovery Air Fire Services (DAFS), the parent company of Discovery Aviation Academy, is gearing up for another busy hiring season. Right now, the Discovery Air Fire Services team is working hard to recruit the next batch of Fire Detection Pilots into its roster. This year the company expects to hire 15 new pilots for their bases in Dryden, Geraldton, Chapleau, and Sudbury. That number is slightly higher than average, as Discovery Air Fire Servic...
31/01/12 11:04 PM
Discovery Aviation Academy will have a booth at the upcoming Career & Job Fair held at Cambrian College. Career & Job Fair: Tuesday February 7th, 2012 at 10:00am to 3:00pm Cambrian College Gymnasium 1400 Barrydowne Road This will be a great oppotunity to come learn more about the programs and employment opportunities that Discovery Aviation Academy has to offer. We will be highlighting our Career Pilot Program set to launch Fall...
14/01/13 8:57 AM
Discovery Aviation Academy will be holding another Private Pilot ground school semester starting January 16th 2012. Ground school is required for those who wish to pursue a Private Pilot Licence to fly recreationally or as a step toward flying commercially. It is also an interesting class for those who are just interested in aviation. The class will run 6:30-9:30pm Monday and Thursday evenings from January 16th to March 22nd. The course is design...
09/12/11 10:40 AM
Sudbury, ON, December 9, 2011 – Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA), a division of Hicks & Lawrence Limited, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cambrian College. Discovery Aviation Academy has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambrian College. The collaboration’s main objectives are to offer students enrolled in Cambrian College’s Business Fundamentals Certificate program an opportunity to obt...
01/09/11 12:08 PM
Sudbury, ON, Sep 1, 2011 – Hicks & Lawrence Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., is pleased to announce the opening of its aviation school, Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA). Established to provide ground and flight training to fixed-wing students from its facility in Sudbury, Ontario, DAA will commence operations on September 1st. “There is currently a significant gap that exists between aviation schools and o...
05/08/11 10:24 AM
London ON, August 5, 2011 – Discovery Air Fire Services sponsored the 2011 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Floor Hockey Championships in Sudbury, Ontario. The Special Olympics Ontario Floor Hockey Championship is a high profile event held every four years. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide yearround sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabili...
04/08/11 10:41 AM
London ON, July 13, 2011 – Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., is pleased to announce the rebranding of its airborne fire management business as Discovery Air Fire Services (DAFS). DAFS is also pleased to announce the integration of Hawkeye Infrared Services assets into its suite of specialized fire management services. “Our rebranding of DAFS reflects the fact that we are able to deliver a full...
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.