Flight Training in Barrie
After first opening its doors in 2000, and opening a location in Collingwood, Future Air recognized the potential and the demand for flight training in the Barrie area. So, in 2001, the Lake Simcoe office opened with 2 aircraft and 4 flight Instructors.
Located centrally in Simcoe County, Future Air’s Barrie office can be found at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport. This prime location provides the perfect flight training atmosphere. You get the experience of an uncontrolled yet busy airport but not the traffic problems or delays that come along with flight training at a busy controlled airport.
We have 4 dedicated Cessna 172 aircraft which means booking a flight is quick and easy.
Our 4 full-time and 2 part-time Flight Instructors bring a high level of knowledge and experience, reducing the time it will take you to complete your pilots’ license while maintaining a high level of safety at the same time.
Put your mind and your wallet at ease.
Advantages to learning to fly in Barrie
With 4 aircraft stationed at this location, you never have to worry about waiting for an aircraft.
Our practice areas are also located close to the airport, saving long transition times between the airport and the training areas. You will become very comfortable with uncontrolled airport radio communication and scanning for other aircraft.
The airport has a 6,000 ft long runway, this longer runway provides a level of comfort when attempting landings, there is less pressure than when dealing with shorter runways in the area.
Our practice areas
Due to the high training volume out of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport we have established three practice areas.
Our practice area 1 runs north of the airport, borders the highway 400 extension to highway 12.
Practice area 2 borders Orr Lake and practice area 3 is to the south of Kempenfelt bay and borders Cooks bay of Lake Simcoe.
Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
In March of 1990, the City of Orillia formally joined into a partnership with the City of Barrie and the Township of Oro-Medonte to jointly own and operate a regional airport.
The first phase of construction commenced in the spring of 1990 and was funded by the Provincial Government. This allowed the airport to open in 1991 with a 3500-foot runway and a small apron to the North of the field.
Once Federal funding was secured, the second phase of construction commenced in November 1991 and the airport officially opened in 1993 with a 5000-foot runway, a new, larger South Apron and a modern terminal building.
Today the airport continues to be operated in partnership between the Cities of Barrie and Orillia and the Township of Oro-Medonte.
“I started my flying career in Northern Ontario where I trained with Thunder Bay Flying School and Mount McKay Flying Services. On 6th September 1999 I passed my Private Pilot Flight Test and went from being a passenger to being Pilot in Command. My move from the North in 2002 brought me to Nottawa where I found the Collingwood Airport and Future Air. I have been honing my skills with them ever since, and enjoying the relationship that we have. Since 2002 I have worked with Future Air and obtained my Night rating and VFR over the top rating. During this time I have found the staff to be courteous and helpful the planes clean, well maintained and the documentation to be in place and available for inspection at any time. My overall experience has been and I hope will continue to good.”