Flying high at the Hamilton International Airport
March 27, 2012

Georgian College Aviation Management students and professor Philip Van Manen enjoyed lunch sponsored by the International Association of Airport Executives – Canada (IAAE) at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on March 16. Students spent the day touring the facilities, compliments of the Hamilton International Airport.

They were accompanied by Bill Newman, chair of the Aviation Management Program Advisory Committee, and Maxx Kochar, certified member of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. They were also escorted by Daniel Fox, a 2010 Aviation Management alumnus, now employed at the airport as a duty manager.

Aside from lunch, highlights of the day included:

  • Watching a Canadian Air Forces C-130 Hercules aircraft land and taxi
  • Aerial exercises – two men jumped out of the aircraft and parachuted down onto the aircraft apron outside of the museum
  • Taking an escorted drive down the main runway and seeing the CAT II ILS lighting systems lit up
  • Seeing the NavCanada Air Traffic Control Tower from the controller’s viewpoint
  • A hands-on demonstration of the airport’s emergency response services and maintenance/operational services
  • Watching WestJet workers arrive and turn the Boeing 737 aircraft around for its next departure to Calgary
  • Enjoying coffee in the newly renovated air terminal building before venturing back to Barrie

Students tour the Hamilton International Airport.

    Georgian College has the largest student chapter of IAAE in Canada.

The trip was made possible thanks to the Canadian Aviation Students Organization and the School of Business.

For more information, contact Philip Van Manen at or 1432.