About Us

Owen Sound Flight Services operates year round to provide Flight TrainingCharter Flights and Sightseeing Flights over beautiful Grey and Bruce counties. Our friendly, professional staff will work with you to make sure all of your flying experiences are enjoyable, and all of your goals are achieved!

Dave Kalistchuk – Chief Flight Instructor

  • Class 1 Flight Instructor
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi Engine Rating
  • Float Rating
  • 4,000+ hours flight experience
  • 16 years teaching flying
  • Transport Canada Authorized Person
  • Industry Canada Radio Examiner

Dave Kalistchuk is the Owner of Owen Sound Flight Services, as well as the  Operations Manager and Chief Pilot of Charter Operations, and Chief Flight Instructor for Flight Training. He began his flight training in Owen Sound over 20 years ago in March ’95 when his uncle Dan Vachon took him on his first flight.

Dave completed his Recreational Pilot Permit at 16, and went on to finish his Commercial Pilot’s Licence 3 years later.  At 19 he became a Flight Instructor and started teaching others to fly.  At 20 he completed the Multi Engine and Instrument Ratings, and in 2006 at age 25 joined his uncle Dan Vachon in co running the flight school; Owen Sound Flight Services.  Almost 9 years later in February of 2015,  Dave transitioned into the position of full owner and plans to continue to grow the business on the model that him and Dan have cultured over the last decade!  His passion in flying is deep rooted, and is only surpassed by his enthusiasm in teaching others to fly.

 

Jacqueline Arnold- Flight Instructor

  • Class 3 Flight Instructor
  •  Commercial Pilot Licence
  • 1000 + hours flight experience
  •  4 years teaching flying

Growing up near the Hamilton Airport, the sight of airplanes flying overhead inspired Jacqueline to become a pilot at a young age.  She began her flight training with OSFS in 2011, and over the next 3 years she would complete her Commercial Pilot Licence and Instructor Rating by age 24.

Jacqueline spent last summer mostly in Tobermory running the summer satellite base for flight training there.  She is presently running our winter satellite base in Wiarton until May, 2018.  Jacqueline’s enthusiasm and dedication for teaching others to fly is apparent in her bubbly personality and smiles in the cockpit!

Andy Plater – Flight Instructor

  •  Class 3 Flight Instructor
  •  Commercial Pilot Licence
  •  1500 + hours flight experience
  •  4 years teaching flying

Andy is our resident tech-guru flight instructor.  His deep drive to understand how things work has given him great knowledge in systems, both aircraft and electronic.  Since obtaining his Flight Instructor Rating in 2016, Andy has been instrumental in advancing our Flight Simulator, making it a truly immersive experience!  In addition to general aviation, Andy is still active as a Glider Instructor for the Department of National Defense where he helps the future Air Cadets earn their wings!

Growing up in Bruce County, Andy’s first flying experience came from a family friend at age 10, and since then he’s been hooked!  Andy was the youngest ever President of the Port Elgin Flying Club which he directed for 4 years ending in 2017.  If he’s not flying, he’s probably thinking about flying or asking deep technical questions about something flying related.

Mark Agombar – Flight Instructor

  • Class 2 Flight Instructor
  • Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi Engine Rating
  • 3,000+ hours flight experience
  • 10 years teaching flying
  • Industry Canada Radio Examiner

Mark grew up in the Grey-Bruce area and has always had a fascination with aviation.  He studied flying when he was in his early 20’s in Hanover and then became a Flight Instructor there in 2003 where he worked his way up the ranks to Chief Flight Instructor.

In addition to Flight Training, Mark is highly involved in Drone Training, where he teaches the required course material for aspiring private and commercial drone operators.  Mark brings a passion to flying and teaching that is second to none.

 

Dan Vachon – Flight Instructor

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  • Class 1 Flight Instructor
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence
  • Instrument Rating
  • Multi Engine Rating
  • 10,000+ hours flight experience
  • 30 years teaching flying
  • Industry Canada Radio Examiner
  • Transport Canada Exam Invigilator

In addition to being a Flight Instructor, Dan Vachon is also the Maintenance Manager for Owen Sound Flight Services. His extensive flying experience began in 1985 and he became a flight instructor in 1987. Dan is a Class 1 instructor, and has taught more than 100 students to be commercial pilots and over 50 commercial pilots to be instructors. For over 10 years Dan was a Flight Test Examiner for Transport Canada, which gave him unparalleled insight into what it takes to be a pilot.

Dan brings years of practical pilot experience from thousands of hours of flying with Air Canada Jazz. While piloting turboprop Dash 8’s he acquired extensive 2-pilot crew experience and gained critical insight into the demands of an airline pilot. It is with this expertise that he enthusiastically imparts the highest standard of flight training to all who share his passion for flying.

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