Joan Williams

by Joan Williams on March 20, 2015

Joan Williams

Joan Williams

SAFE #: S0001570

Hometown: Toronto ON, Canada

Home Airport: CYKZ, CYOW

Occupation: Chair of the Board, Ottawa Aviation Services

Education: University of Toronto Master of Arts,(Philosopy) Master of Social Work

Pilot Certificates: Class 1 Flight Instructor, Multi-IFR, (lapsed) Commercial Pilot

Airplanes Flying/Flown: single engine Cessnas, Pipers, Piper Seminole, Aztec

Educational Specialty: Safe innovation in training and curriculum development

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: A lifelong desire to fly in the stars, probably inspired by grandfather and uncles who were pilots in civilian and military life, grandfather played a large role in Commonwealth Air Training Plan during WW11. One day in 1978 as an adult I "woke up" and realized that I had always assumed incorrectly that pilots needed to be air force material including vision and age. From there I started learning to fly for fun, got hooked, changed careers and have never looked back.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: 35 + years

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Networking with colleagues across the country and internationally to inspire safe innovation in both curriculum content and delivery methods, working to ensure that training is directly geared to pilot employment opportunities

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Dealing with people both in the business and students who think that rules are a nuisance, and who think that because it was always done a certain way we should never try to improve

Why did you join SAFE?: To be inspired by innovative ideas and grow the network of people who believe in aspiring towards better education and better career paths for aviation students

What would you like to see change in aviation?: Direct links between training and employment, better financial assistance for students, respect for the idea of pilot selection into career programs, increased use of sim and online training delivery, better software for flight training institutions to help improve efficiency and ability to stay in business and thrive

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Yes, work with airlines to secure guaranteed job interviews for successful graduates of robust training programs, education on the use of tax credits to defray education costs, continued lobbying with ICAO and national regulators to increase creditable sim time,

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Was awarded the Air Transportation of Canada's (ATAC) first Aviation Innovation Award (2000), developed our school's Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program, have chaired our National Flight Training Committee at ATAC for a number of years as well as sitting on their board. Author of an ebook "What You Need to Know About Choosing an Airline Career" In past year have spoken at WATS and Royal Aeronautical Society on advancing aviation education

Who are your role models in aviation?: Colleagues across Canada who have consistently advocated for quality improvement in selection, program content, research into better methods for program delivery, more efficient business practices for flight training organizations that lead to better student experience

Anything else you'd like to add?: Firm believer in the value of networking with colleagues to keep priming the pump to deliver best practices in aviation education

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