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Peter Young

Brent Gilbert

Peter Young has an extensive background in flying training with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born in Toronto, Ontario and enrolled in the RCAF in 1977. He earned his RCAF pilot wings in 1979 and began his career in the military.

In his 37-year career, Peter made significant contributions to the RCAF. Peter was on the frontlines when contracted flying began at Southport in 1992, after the privatization of former CFB Portage la Prairie. Peter was the first person to ever hold the position of Multi-engine Flight Commander at 3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School at Southport.

Peter continued in other supervisory positions within the RCAF including Command of the Central Flying School in Winnipeg.  Peter oversaw the graduate standards of all pilot, navigator and aerospace operations for the Canadian Armed Forces from 2000 -2004.

As a flying training specialist, Peter was a contributor to the Statement of Requirement for the Contracted Flying Training contract at CFB Portage la Prairie (now Southport) as well as the NATO Flying Training in Canada contract. His contract experience prepared him to serve as the Contract Technical Authority for both the Portage la Prairie contract as well as the interim site support contract at CFB Moose Jaw.  He was a direct advisor to the Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division for Flight Safety and was also selected as the first ever Combat Operations Division Chief at the Combined Aerospace Operations Centre.

Peter retired from the RCAF in 2015 but remains at the Combined Aerospace Operations Centre at the NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg under contract as the Deputy Director for Standards and Training.

Peter married his high school sweetheart, Dagmar. Together they have three adult daughters, three sons-in-law, four grandsons and a dog. Peter’s hobbies include woodworking, reading, making wine, and cruising.