Mount Allison and Moncton Flight College announce new degree program
June 4, 2008, Dieppe and Sackville, N.B. - Another dimension to New Brunswick post secondary education was added this week with the joint announcement that Mount Allison University and the Moncton Flight College will be offering a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Aviation.
June 4, 2008, Dieppe and Sackville, N.B. – Another dimension to New Brunswick post secondary
education was added this week with the joint announcement that Mount Allison University
and the Moncton Flight College will be offering a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in
Aviation. The multi-disciplinary degree will offer students the chance to obtain their
Commercial Pilot’s Licence while completing an undergraduate degree.
Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Robert Campbell, says,
“This is a great day for Mount Allison, the Moncton Flight College, and the region as a
whole. The new Bachelor of Science (Aviation) program is the first degree program of its
kind in Atlantic Canada and draws together both Mount Allison’s and the Moncton Flight
College’s strength in teaching and training. It also reflects the growing demand for
professionals with a liberal arts education and critical thinking skills and combines this with hands-on training to prepare them for the next step.”
“For many years pilot training experienced few alterations to its delivery ….now
however we are seeing dramatic changes,” stated Captain Mike Doiron, Principal and
CEO of the Moncton Flight College. “This partnership represents two major world-wide
developments that are happening in flight training,” continued Doiron. “….the move
toward University degree programs and academies that are connecting directly to airlines
for pilot provisioning.”
The Moncton Flight College is recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces for having
flight training standards comparable to their own. "Upon graduation students will qualify
to enrol as an officer in Canada’s Armed Forces and they will progress through pilot
training much faster…" stated General Lou Cuppens, former Deputy Commander-in-
Chief of NORAD and current President and CEO of NBADA, the New Brunswick
Aerospace Defense Association. “The partners in this undertaking are a natural fit,”
stated Cuppens, “as they both carry significant credibility and expertise in their respective
activities. They will be generating coveted, well trained pilots and aviation specialists.”
The new Bachelor of Science in Aviation will welcome its first students this September.
The interdisciplinary major will cover basic geography and environmental science, math
and computer science, chemistry, physics, as well as upper-level aviation courses.
Students will also have the opportunity to engage in Mount Allison’s rich liberal arts
curriculum, while receiving hands-on pilot training at the Flight College — graduating
with a Bachelor of Science as well as their commercial pilot licence with multi-engine and instrument flight rules ratings.
About Mount Allison University
Ranked the #1 Undergraduate University by Maclean’s Magazine in 2007 and receiving
several As in this year’s Globe and Mail University Report Card, Mount Allison
University has always been highly regarded for its unique approach to learning and its
commitment to the total development of its students. The University has also produced 47
Rhodes Scholars— the latest being Dara MacDonald ’08 of Halifax. Because of its small
size, location within a small community, and residential nature, Mount Allison offers a
broad range of social, cultural, athletic, and academic opportunities and areas for active
involvement. These influences help shape our students as future leaders, many of whom
go on to top positions around the world, in a multitude of fields.
About the Moncton Flight College
The Moncton Flight College is now the largest provider of commercial pilots in Canada
and as well has placed itself on the leading edge of pilot training developments in
Canada. It has international certifications for Europe and China. Currently, MFC is the
only CAE Global Academy in Canada and not unlike a university, are actively engaged
in research and development. Current projects include development of a new training
paradigm for Airline Transport Pilot Licensing.