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About International Pilot Academy Inc.

The School

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International Pilot Academy operates out of Carp Airport, just minutes away from downtown Ottawa. We are the closest airport to the training area in the Ottawa region.

As Carp is an uncontrolled airport in a controlled airspace, our students will get the best of both worlds. Carp Airport operates 24/7 and is able to accommodate aircraft flying in any weather conditions. Students, renters and instructors are also given full access to the hangar facilities.

In addition to our main Carp location, International Pilot Academy also operates out of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. This location is only used for ground training, which includes the full motion Redbird flight simulator — one of only a few in the region — as well as our ground school.

The Staff

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Jules Selwan


Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982, Jules Selwan is a business owner and aviation professional. In addition to his ownership of International Pilot Academy, he is actively involved in the management of other businesses. A lifelong airplane enthusiast, he fulfilled his childhood dream by obtaining his first flight licence in his native Lebanon. He has since obtained a commercial pilot licence in Canada, and become a certified flight instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

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Marc St-Onge

Chief Flight and Aerobatics Instructor

I started my flying career with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1997. I also obtained my private pilot license the same year. I retired from the military in 2002 and pursued my instructor rating. I currently hold a Commercial Pilot license, Flight Instructor – Class 1 rating, Aerobatics Instructor – Class 1 rating, and an Instrument – Group 3 rating. I have been teaching at almost every flight school in the region. My passion in aviation is aerobatics where I hold a Class 1 instructor rating. I am also involved in Chapter 5 of Aerobatics Canada and am well known by most aerobatics pilots in the area. As a Royal Military Graduate in Computer Engineering, I continue to provide consulting services to the Canadian Forces and remain closely connected to my military roots. I have been instrumental in creating the Primary Flight Training preparatory course intended for the Air Force Pilot candidates prior to their training at Portage-la-Prairie. I am fully bilingual.

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Mike Hogan

Business Development Coordinator

My background is in business development. I have been fortunate to travel all around the world and understand the importance of offering quality service to prospective clients. Aviation has always been a passion of mine. I acquired my private pilot license in 2007. I also went on to acquiring my night rating, over the top rating, floating rating, tail wheel training, and wheel ski training. I have flown Cessna, Diamond, Piper and Maule tail dragger aircraft during my training. Looking forward to bringing International Pilot Academy to different parts of the world.

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Hassan Kelkas

Flight Dispatcher, Operations Coordinator

I first started in the aviation field in 2003. At that time I did customer service and sales for a while as well as airport and airline management. I hold an airport and airline manager license and am currently working on my commercial Pilot License. I am currently the full time flight dispatcher, and operations coordinator responsible for everything from safety to sales.