Ms. Turner is the driving force behind the success of Whirlybird, and has proven her business acumen through multiple successful business interactions, which include high-value clients that have been engaged for services. Her main areas of specialization are aviation safety, management and business development. She has held strategic roles within various aerospace and aviation programs and organizations including: the NATO Flying Training in Canada and the Royal Saudi Air Force Training in Canada Programs with Bombardier Aerospace; Regina Airport Authority; Toronto Pearson International Airport; and in Air Operations with the Wildland Fire Management branch of the Yukon Territorial Government. She also has first hand operational experience as a helicopter pilot with Canadian operators.
Carolyn is a tri-licenced pilot holding licences to fly gliders, aeroplanes and helicopters, and has spent over 20 years training and working in the aviation industry. While she successfully graduated Canadore College’s Helicopter Flight Training program in 1998, she continues her development through studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with Majors in Aviation Safety and Aviation Management.
An active volunteer in her community, Carolyn holds position as Director on two boards: the Moose Jaw Municipal Airport Authority, and the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce. She is a strong supporter of the Canadian Mental Health Association as her charity of choice. Ms. Turner is also a proud member of Women in Aviation International and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.
In addition to spending quality time with her partner, children and dogs, you can catch Ms. Turner attending and volunteering at the Saskatchewan Roughrider games.
After being introduced to aviation through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and obtaining a glider and aeroplane pilot licences through the program, Mr. Peters went on to graduate from Confederation College’s Aviation Flight Management Program in 1993.
Upon graduation, Scott commenced his career as a flight instructor and rapidly became a Class 1 Flight Instructor, Chief Flight Instructor, Pilot Examiner, Authorized Person and Aviation Language Proficiency Tester at the very same flight school he obtained his Instructor Rating from. This has led Scott to having an exceptionally rewarding career as an aviation professional which has since spanned over 25 years. Scott holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and is type-rated on the BE02 which is operated in a multi-crew capacity.
With over 4,000 hours of flight time and thousands of hours training both in class and in simulators, Scott is an invaluable part of the Whirlybird team. Outside of supporting Whirlybird, Scott is full-time employed as the Training Manager and Chief Instructor for a 704/705 operator which provides regional uplift for a major Canadian airline where he manages the training of over 300 flight crewmembers. His responsibilities include the oversight and management of the training programs, supervision of a large training staff, maintaining training records as well as ensuring regulatory compliance.
Scott actively instructs as well. He has developed and delivered numerous ground school courses and is a very accomplished full flight simulator instructor. He is currently in the process of obtaining authority as an Approved Check Pilot (ACP). A highlight in Scott’s career was helping his current company reach the 705 level in less than 5 months!
After receiving a private pilot license through the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, Mr. Rotondo focused on a career centered around education and training. During his undergraduate studies at Seneca College, Michael worked on several aviation-related research projects funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He graduated Seneca with Honours, receiving a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Aviation Technology. Michael went on to complete a Master of Science in Aeronautics with dual specialization in Advanced Aeronautics and Human Factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Michael is currently a professor with the School of Aviation at Seneca College and works for a Canadian airline as a training specialist and CRM instructor. He aspires to further his education by pursuing an M.Ed at the University of Toronto.
Michael offers part-time facilitation and curriculum development services to support Whirlybird's Aviation Training services.
Born in Kingston Jamaica, Mr. Campbell emigrated to Canada at age 10. As an adult, he spent twenty years in the Canadian military where he served as an aircraft technician. While in the military, he studied training and training design, including instructing on the CF-18 fighter program.
For the past 20 years, Mark has operated a successful software training and consulting businesses as well as holding employee roles with such corporations as Bombardier, Kramer Industries and most recently, SaskPolytech.
Mark’s expertise includes conducting job analyses, training design and authoring training manuals.
Whirlybird welcomed Mark to the team as a contracted Training Consultant in 2018.
Mr. Lidhar brings over 25 years of administrative and training/education industry experience. Aside from consulting with Whirlybird, Bal is currently the Director of Business Operations with a flight training organization. His core responsibilities there are managing the day-to-day operations of the flight training unit to ensure all provincial regulatory reporting and documentation is per regulations and policies.
Bal also has a focus on continuous improvement and quality assurance working alongside his organization’s Quality Assurance Manager and SMS Manager. His past experience included Bombardier Aerospace, specifically on the RSAF Training in Canada program as a Training Coordinator, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as a Program Administrator for the Aviation Operations Programs, thus Bal is very familiar with flight operations and training.
Bal supports Whirlybird on a part-time basis by assisting with program management, training coordination and administration.