Pierre Ruel is the Chief of Flight Standards for Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation (TCCA). Prior to joining TCCA, he served as an officer and pilot with the Canadian Forces (CF) and also performed the role of the Ottawa base manager for Ornge (Ontario’s air ambulance service).
He has over 3000 flying hours, of which 2500 hours were flown on the CF-18. He obtained his Fighter Weapons Instructor qualification (FWIC) and he holds a Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot License (Aeroplane).
His operational experience includes missions flown from the Aviano airbase in Italy: DELIBERATE FORGE (Bosnia – 1998) and ALLIED FORCE (Kosovo – 1999). He also took part in operation NOBLE EAGLE with NORAD.
He has performed staff officer functions for Fighter Group, the 1 Canadian Air Division headquarters in Winnipeg, the North American Aerospace Command and US Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, as well as the Canadian Forces Health Services Headquarters. He served as Operations Officer at 5 Wing Goose Bay and had the privilege to command 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron and 3 Wing Bagotville.
His academic background includes an aviation diploma from the Chicoutimi College, the Command and Staff Course in Toronto and a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science with the Royal Military College. While serving in the United States, he became a graduate of the Air War College of the United States Air Force Air University.
Session: Airport Regulatory Forum