Aviation Egress Systems was founded in 1998 to provide safety training to all civil private and commercial pilots helicopter or fixed-wing. Over the years our reputation has grown as the Canadian Egress Training Pioneering company and has been accredited with saving numerous lives.
It all began when Bryan Webster our AES founder was departing from the Vancouver International Airport runway 26 in a Fed X Cessna Caravan on route to Victoria out over the Georgia Strait. As he was waiting for clearance he perused through the latest Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter and determined that there was inadequate safety training for pilots regarding flight over water. Earlier that month his Pratt and Whitney Turbine engine had threatened to quit half way on this same route thus his mind flipped back to 1978 when he himself was a passenger in a Cessna 150 that ended up in the Fraser River, the rest is history.
With Bryan's passion for aviation and his great enthusiasm for safety he designed and build all of the equipment and simulators for our Aviation Egress Systems program.We are proud to say Egress Training as you know it is proven to be an effective and affordable training tool for aviation safety, meeting the needs of the private commercial operators of large fleets of aircraft.
Today Aviation Egress Systems has fixed base training facilities at Victoria BC and Thunder Bay Ontario as well we have traveled to over 50 locations Canada-wide from Inuvik to Quebec including everywhere in between. To date AES has trained over 5000 students giving them the tools to work with should the unexpected happen as passenger or crew on board any aircraft.
We constantly improving our training syllabus and equipment to focus on the best experience to meet our clients needs.
Willy has been with Aviation Egress Systems almost since our conception and is a valued staff member. A retired Millitary Hull Tech, Willie is AES's "jack of all trades". His main job during courses is to work with the equipment in the pool. As well, Willie has extensive experience with rescue diving and diving in general.
Since the late 1980's Ted Rankine has been the Host and driving force behind one of the most popular magazine-style shows, Power Boat Television. On the program airing in Canada and the U.S., the promotion of the use of lifejackets was a constant and important message to viewers. Ted has been involved on the front lines with such organizations as the Canadian Coast Guard, the United States Coast Guard, Canadian Safe Boating Council, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, United States Power Squadrons, NASBLA and has been instrumental in the production of countless safety initiatives for TV, print, web and DVD distribution.
My Commercial career began in the Cessna 180, the year after a 206, then two seasons on the beaver the whole while looking after outpost and tourists needs. Those were busy years but I loved every minute of it. I was even able to pick up a winter flying job in the 185 on wheel skis right across the street from where I was living one year. I flew the airplane more than I drove my truck that winter. Then I moved to Burdit lake 40NM north west of Fort Frances, ON. This is where I would be introduced to not only the Beech 18 but the Turbo Beaver no less. There was three floatplane companies on Burdit, the one I worked for with two Beech 18C models, the other with a Beech 18D model and the third with the Turbo Beaver.
After the course I felt compelled to teach others how to avoid mistakes that can be made so they don't have to experience first hand. This is my second year with AES and I plan to continue as I feel this program is essential to all in the aviation world.
Patti has been an integral part of Aviation Egress Systems since the conception of our company in 1998. She is the AES floater who manages the office, books your Egress Training and is the enthusiastic voice you hear on the phone. As well she is one of our Egress Training Water Assistants who loves to harass our students. She is also a certified scuba diver and has been involved with aviaition in general for the past 30 years.