The 17th Canadian Skills Competition (CSC) was held at Quebec City’s Centre de foires from June 1 to 4, 2011, with the aircraft maintenance compe tition being one of more than 40 different competitions in skilled trade and technology categories. This is an annual, national, Olympic-style competition in which students and apprentices representing their province or territory compete for two days of the four-day event. Each occupation represented in the Canadian Skills Competition has its competition modules set and organized by a National Technical Committee (NTC) made up of experts from regions across Canada. The Aircraft Maintenance NTC comprises Roger Leblanc (Atlantic region), Michel Michaud (Québec region), Bernie Wurster (Ontario region), Brian Deane (Central region), and Richard Johnstone (Western region). The equipment used in the aircraft competition was supplied by École nationale d’aérotechnique (ÉNA) of College ÉdouardMontpetit in SaintHubert, and this year included both a Cessna 172 and a Hughes 500 helicopter. This year, the Aircraft Maintenance competition had seven competitors, who had each won their respective regional The Hughes 500 helicopter and Cessna 172 arrive at the Centre de foires. Competitions: * Andrew Campbell (Manitoba). * James Conner (Yukon Territory). * Étienne DumasGilbert (Québec); * Andrew Lines (British Columbia); * Thomas MacLeod (Nova Scotia); * Anabelle Mongrain (New Brunswick); and * Ryan Spurrell (Ontario). There were also three visiting competitors, who came to practice their skills but were not in the running for a medal in this competition. * Nick Bressers (Netherlands); * Leading Seaman Colleen Campbell (Scotland, RN); and * Leading Aircraft Technician Kerry Winter (UK RAF). The competition There were 12 hours of actual competition spread over two days, with each module being two hours in length; each contestant did three modules per day on a rotation. The aircraft maintenance competition had the following modules: 1) Sheet Metal project; 2) StarterGenerator deinstallation/ installation; 3) Weight and Balance calculations; 4) Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) exam; 5) Pitot Static Testing; and 6) Flight Control Rigging. The six modules had a combined total of 1,000 possible marks, with the winners having the three highest scores: Gold: Ryan Spurrell (Ontario) Silver: Andrew Lines (British Columbia); and Bronze: Étienne Dumas-Gilbert (Québec). CCAA extends its congratulations to these winners and to all the competitors. Next year’s Canadian Skills Competition will be in Edmonton, Alberta, May 13 to 16, 2012. WorldSkills 2011 Ryan Gomez, last year’s gold medalist, joins Team Canada at the 41st biennial World Skills Competition in London, England, October 5 to 8, 2011. This is the first year of official competition for Aircraft Maintenance. At the 2009 World Skills in Calgary, this occupation was a demonstration event, with four competitors. This year in London, competitors from seven countries will participate in the aircraft maintenance competition, judged by experts from 10 countries. Information about winners will be posted on the Skills Canada web site at the end of the event: www.competencescanada.com. As a matter of interest, among other competitors, Ryan Gomez will be competing with the UK’s Kerry Winter, one of this year’s guest competitors in Québec City.
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