Terri became involved with aviation in 1979 when she learned to fly at Bar XH Air in Medicine Hat. After completing training she began working for Bar XH as a Flight Instructor and Medevac/Charter Pilot. When she obtained her Airline Transport Pilot Licence in 1987 she was one of only 100 female ATPL pilots in Canada. In the early 1990s she instructed the aviation program at Mount Royal College in Calgary and moved on to become Captain on the Jetstream 31/32 and Operations Manager for Alberta Citylink, flying scheduled service for Air Canada. When the contracted Air Canada flying ended in 2000, she continued to work in both flying and managerial roles.
In 2008 Terri took over the Flight Training Unit from Bar XH Air and started Super T Aviation. With a high standard of flight training, charter operating certificate and beautiful new hangar facilities, Terri feels this is her chance to give back to aviation.
Patrick began pursuing his career in aviation on the west coast in 2007. After moving back to his home town of Medicine Hat in 2008 he completed his private license. In September of 2009 Patrick enrolled in a college aviation diploma in Ontario and completed his commercial license. Returning home to Medicine Hat once again, Patrick began working as an instructor for Super T Aviation.
During his time at Super T Aviation Patrick has acquired a class II instructor rating as well as an airline transport license. He can be found training aspiring pilots from novice to advanced, or flying passengers as one of Super T’s charter captains.
I was born and raised on a ranch east of Jenner AB. The constant overfly of airplanes ranging from helicopters to airliners always had me looking to the sky. In pursuit of my passion, I discovered Super T Aviation where I completed my private pilot training. I was then accepted to Mount Royal University where I received an Aviation Diploma and completed my commercial-multi-IFR training. After graduating from University I was fortunate to be reunited with Super T Aviation as a Flight Instructor! My employers have afforded me many opportunities, including the chance to fly a Cheyenne and King Air 200 for Integra Air in 2012. Aside from aviation, I still actively pursue my other passions which are working on the farm and travelling. After taking some time to travel in 2013 I returned to Canada and Super T Aviation, and I am proud to be a charter pilot/flight instructor representing the flight school which first gave me my wings.
Steven was born and raised on a farm near Bow Island; He started working towards his Private Pilot License in the summer of 2012 at Super T Aviation in Medicine Hat. As he continued on with his training, he obtained a Commercial Multi IFR License. In 2014, he completed his instructor rating and began working at Super T Aviation as a class 4 Instructor and Charter Pilot. He is happy to be working near his home town and looks forward to mentoring future aviators.
Like a lot of people, I have always been drawn to aviation; the freedom, excitement and mystery. After high school I wanted to join the air force with hopes of one day flying an F-18. Unfortunately, my path was altered and I went to Lethbridge College where I graduated with a diploma in engineering design and drafting. After college I worked on various UAV projects but began to search for more excitement and adventure. As I looked for a new career opportunity, aviation kept popping into the equation. With a nervous stomach and a discovery flight I was hooked; I was ready for a new career opportunity where I got to meet new and exciting people on a daily basis. Flying is a career with new challenges daily, whether it be learning to fly a new plane, travel to a new airport or flying through adverse weather conditions. There is always something new, keeping each day interesting. I look forward to one day flying for a major airline and teaching aerobatics. It’s truly a new perspective looking at the world upside down.
The earliest thing I can remember is wanting to fly. In my case this took a very specific form – a burning desire to fly my favorite aircraft, the CF-18 Hornet, for the Royal Canadian Air Force. A lack of perfect eyesight forced me to abandon this career path, and for awhile I walked away from my flying dreams altogether. But it's hard to deny your basic nature, and I eventually returned to aviation, earning a Private License in 2003, a Commercial License in 2006, and an Instructor Rating in 2008. I have been helping people achieve their own dreams of flight ever since then.
For me, flying is a like a martial art - it's about self-discovery, discipline, and learning. It's a lifelong quest to perfect one's own technique, to strive toward mastery of something that can never truly be mastered. Flying is a pursuit born of passion, because no one learns to fly out of necessity. I try to bring this same sense of excitement and purpose to my teaching and to instill it within my students. Nothing satisfies me more than watching my students nail a tricky landing or master a difficult manoeuvre. Their success is my success.
In March, 1966, my friend Roger took me up for a 15 minute flight around Vancouver in a Cessna 172. From that day on, I’ve made flying an integral part of my life and still enjoy that magical time when the aircraft leaves the ground, the challenge of making that perfect landing and all the fascinating moments in between.
I earned my flight instructor’s rating and my teaching degree in 1970 and took my first flight instructor’s position with the Victoria Flying Club in 1970. At the end of the summer, I heard that there was a flying job in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island so I rented a plane and flew up there only to be told that I was two hours late and that someone else had beaten me to it. That was the deciding factor for me to go into public school teaching. But, in the 40 years in the classroom, administration and finally teaching in a college, I managed to maintain my instructor’s rating and flew after school, weekends and holidays. Although I did occasionally take time off from public school life to try my hand at bush flying, medivacs and charter work, I always came back to flight instruction as my first love. I found that challenge of flight requires specific talents but, trying to integrate flight instruction with individual abilities, temperament and outlook on life to be far more challenging and thus far more rewarding.
Although my wife keeps me grounded for a large portion of my retirement, I still find time to return to instructing at Super T Aviation every now and again. I hope to see you there and perhaps fly with you and share the wonderful experience of flight.
For those who want to be be airline pilots, read “Fate is the Hunter”, by Ernest K. Gann and for those poor souls who want to be instructors, read “Stick and Rudder” by Wolfgang Langewiesche. They are old books but reflect a passion for flying.