Exact Air operates several branches of aerial work which allow us in being a first employer to our graduating students *. We therefore suggest becoming a patroller or flight instructor.
Fire patrol pilot
Thanks to a partnership with the Society of forestry protection against fires (SOPFEU) who are responsible for "the prevention, detection and extinction of forest fires in Quebec,” we are able to hire 12 pilots per season (11 in contract and 1 stand by) to roam the vast forests of Quebec under intensive protection to detect any outbreak of fire. Ordinarily, Exact Air hires six new and five returning pilots for a second season. This is a paid job and one where you would stay at one of our four bases. Pilots and planes are distributed over Eastern and Central Quebec as follows:
- Roberval (Lac St-Jean) : 3 planes
- Chibougamau (Northern Quebec) : 3 planes
- Manic 5 (Côte-Nord) : 3 planes
- Bonaventure (Gaspésie) : 1 plane
- La Tuque (Mauricie) : 1 plane
This work allows the pilot with little experience to learn the ropes of the commercial pilot trade in Quebec. For a five month period (where the pilot can accumulate up to 200 flight hours), the pilot has the responsibility of an aircraft (a Cessna 182RG) and performs all management and planning of their detection flights. The fire patrol pilot forges an incredible experience, which also allows for faster progression in the aerial domain. PLEASE NOTE, IN ORDER TO QUALIFY; THE PATROLLER MUST TAKE A TRAINING COURSE PAID FOR AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE.
SOPFEU wants to monitor by way of the fire patrol pilots, about 520,000 km2 of all forests situated beneath the 52nd parallel, and to discover any outbreak of fire of less than 0.5 hectares. Our participation results in the detection of 25% of annual fires. After the discovery of a fire, SOPFEU has a target of intervening within the hour following its discovery and having it extinguished before spreading past 3 hectares. On the same subject, 68% of forest fires are manmade while lightning is responsible for the remaining 32%.
A day in the life of a fire patrol pilot
The pilot conducts low altitude (1,500 feet) visual flight sweeps (VFR) in attempt to detect smoke emitting from the forest. Using a radio transmitter and a GPS tracking system, the pilot indicates the geographic coordinates for locating the smoke, giving the fire crews quicker access to the scene by land or by air. Once the smoke report is completed, the pilot continues their search for other signs of smoke...
Our school is the only training center in Quebec which offers actual employment to its graduates.*
* However, certain criteria must be met :
- Presence and class attendance
- Serious attitude and practices safe flight conduct
- Speaks French
- Good academic grades / practical work
- Holder of a commercial pilot license and single IFR rating are both prerequisites
For more information, please contact us via our contact form
Every year since 1994, Exact Air continually receives twenty some air cadets who join us in obtaining their private pilot license in seven weeks (June-August). We therefor need four or five new flight instructors annually. This is a paid job with an intense schedule: 6 days a week for 7 weeks! If you want to complete the instructor course and teach the cadets, these courses start in late January and March.
Once qualified as a flight instructor, you are rated as class 4. At the end of the summer when your student cadets have earned their private pilot license, you can try for your class 3. We often call on these new instructors to continue teaching at the school during the year if needed. The opportunities are endless with the team of Exact Air.