Who is Russ?Russ Ballman is a 16,000 hour pilot for Air Canada and the Principal of Compass West Aviation. Russ has experience in international, regional, and northern operating theatres and types of aircraft such as the Dash 7 & 8, B737, A330/340, B767.
"What is needed is an approach where experienced professionals impart their knowledge"
Compass West Aviation is a dedicated multi-engine and instrument flight training centre. We utilize state of the art technologies and techniques to realize the highest level of flight training for the next generation of pilots.
After years as a senior check captain for Canadian Regional, I’ve observed a fundamental gap between traditional flight training and the demands of commercial aviation. New applicants are often thrown into complex flight evaluations with a deplorable level of preparedness, exposing missing essentials.
We are bridging the gap of conventional multi-IFR flight training and the speed and complexity of flying in actual IFR environments. We need a fundamental change in the way we train our future pilots. What is needed is an approach where experienced professionals impart their knowledge, not other students. At Compass West Aviation, every student is given the opportunity to excel by having our entire team engaged in that individual, whilst ensuring that our aircraft and personnel are available to them to train effectively and efficiently.