There is always something interesting going on in the skies surrounding Penticton Airport. From private aircraft to commercial flights, helicopters to water bombers, the airport is a hive of activity that supports hundreds of jobs. So look up, way up. Here’s what you’ll see.
Four commercial carriers serve YYF, including Air Canada, Cascadia Air, Pacific Coastal and WestJet, providing direct flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton (seasonally), also with charters and commuter flights available to other B.C. destinations. Visit our Airlines page for more.
Aerial Fire Fighting
BC Wildfire Service’s Penticton Fire Zone is home to a team of year-round staff along with seven initial attack firefighting crews and other seasonal support staff who respond to wildfires in the area. It also serves as a base for air tankers in the warmer months. Learn more on our Aviation Community page.
Search and Rescue
Provincial Emergency Program Air (PEP Air) and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) operate out of YYF. PEP Air is a B.C.-wide volunteer aviation association that provides air search support services to the national Search and Rescue program. The Penticton operation is based the Penticton Flying Club and works closely with 442 Transport Squadron from the Canadian Forces base at Comox to conduct searches for missing aircraft, boaters, hikers and others. PEP Air trains pilots, navigators and spotters for the search and rescue roles. CASARA provides air search support services for downed aircraft. Learn more on our Aviation Community page.
Flight Training for Helicopters and Airplanes
Penticton Airport is home to two flight training schools that offer training programs for both fixed wing and helicopter students. Pilots travel from all over the world to train at Topflight Elite Training & Charters, which is recognized as among the world’s premier mountain helicopter training schools. They provide mountain training to the Royal Canadian Air Force, members of the RCMP, the United States Navy Special Forces and other air forces.
BP Aviation offers everything from private pilot licences to multi-engine training and commercial flight training. Learn more about each on our Learn to Fly page.
Flight Tours and Charters
Numerous companies offer flight tours or charters to explore the South Okanagan from above, either by helicopter or airplane. Visit our Charters and Flight Tours page for details.
Private Charters and Business Jets
Many private charters and jets fly to and from YYF. Visit our Charters and Flight Tours page for details. If you are a visiting pilot or air operator, please go to our Pilot Information page for information about our facilities and services, aircraft parking and other useful links.
Penticton Flying Club
The Penticton Flying Club is a non-instructing flying club dedicated to promoting and supporting aviation. The club owns a 1971 Cessna 172, which is available to members. Find out more on our Aviation Community page.
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