Heather McGonigal joined Keewatin Air’s management team in August 2017 in the capacity of Director of Flight Operations. She is responsible for overall safety, maintaining control of operations, and for setting and maintaining operational standards for flight crews and all aircraft operated.
Heather is a third generation pilot. She built a significant amount of her early flight time as a flight instructor while she attended university, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. At this time, she moved to Calgary for full-time employment and taught Initial and Multi-IFR at Morgan Air. Later, she became Morgan Air's Chief Flying Instructor while still flying charters.
Prior to joining Keewatin Air, Heather worked at Transwest Air and Northern Shield Helicopters in Saskatchewan as the Director of Flight Operations, overseeing CAR 702-705 operations respectively. In addition to her Director of Flight Operations role, Heather was a line Captain and Training Captain. She implemented the company’s Safety Management System (SMS) and assisted in its oversight.
Heather’s experience in northern Saskatchewan gave her an appreciation for the challenges that people living in the north encounter on a daily basis. Her knowledge of multiple subparts of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) reinforced the importance of effective documentation from a customer and regulatory standpoint.
Heather has a passion for teaching and as a result has voluntarily instructed at local community colleges for the Commercial Pilot Program as well as being a First Aid Instructor for the Red Cross.
She is currently the Chair of the Board for the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC).