As a contract pilot and base manager for Helicopter Transport Services Canada (HTSC), Dustin Rickard thrives in experiences that are both challenging and rewarding. Based in Moosonee, Dustin began his career in aviation with 4 months on the ground before getting his Long Ranger endorsement. Now, he focuses on flying utility work and long lining. The exploration and discovery are what ignites his passion for what he does. “I love meeting new people and travelling to new places; seeing different parts of Ontario and returning to the familiar ones.”
Dustin is no stranger to the world of aviation and grew up around helicopters. Having lived on a secluded island in Northern Ontario, road access to land was limited to winters only and Dustin was used to seeing helicopters as a sign of replenishing supplies and essential transportation. He also has an uncle that flies for Ornge. With inspiration all around him, and the added cool factor that flying a helicopter brings, Dustin embarked on his first hurdle, the classroom.
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