Summer and Tyler started flight training together in 2015 after experiencing a flight in a small plane with a local pilot. They soon came up with the idea of starting a business that would allow them to fly often and to share their love of flying with others. While still training toward earning their pilot licences, Summer began the lengthy process of applying for an Air Operator Certificate from Transport Canada, which is required to operate an aviation business. In 2017 Papple Aviation received Transport Canada certification and began operation. Summer and Tyler both fly for the business in their Cessna 172 C-FPAP (pictured above) and their Cessna 182 C-GPRX, which they purchased in 2020. Both planes are hangared at their farm strip, 4 miles south of Seaforth.
Summer Papple – Chief Pilot
Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) – Aeroplane
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – Helicopter
Summer’s aviation experience includes flying Medevac in a King Air 200 in Manitoba and Nunavut. She holds a multi-engine instrument rating. One of the highlights of her aviation journey was the opportunity to train and earn a tailwheel endorsement with Airshow legend, Debby Rihn-Harvey near Houston, Texas, thanks to receiving a “Ladies Love Taildraggers” scholarship in 2018.
In 2020 she had the opportunity to learn to fly helicopters and earn her helicopter Commercial Pilot Licence, as a result of receiving scholarships from The 99s, The Whirly-Girls, and F.A.S.T. (Female Aviators Sticking Together).
Summer devotes much of her free time to volunteering and mentoring. She is an active volunteer with The 99s, International Organization of Women Pilots and her local branch of COPA (based in Exeter). She has also been a volunteer pilot with Hope Air and Canadian Wings of Rescue (formerly “Pilots and Paws Canada”). She has also volunteered with CASARA (Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association)
Tyler Papple – Pilot
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – Aeroplane
Tyler’s flight experience includes a flight as far south as the Gulf of Mexico in our Cessna 172, C-FPAP. He is currently nearing completion of his single-engine instrument rating.
Tyler’s passion for agriculture and aviation combined with his knowledge of the local area, interest in geology, and experience in farming means he has a lot to share with passengers. He regularly scouts the family’s farm fields to get a quick overall impression of crop health and weed issues.
Tyler is a volunteer with his local branch of Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA), based in Exeter. He is a past volunteer with CASARA (Civil Air Search and Rescue Association). He has been involved with a volunteer Hope Air flight to fly a man from Sault St. Marie to London for a medical appointment. Tyler has also been part of a volunteer flight to transport orphaned boreal owls from Cochrane to the Owl Foundation in St. Catherines and then back to Cochrane months later for release into their natural habitat.