The Tinman of Toronto Pearson

With the airspace over Canada’s largest city often busy and complex, it takes a certain breed to maintain safety and efficiency at all times. Wilbur Sargunaraj travels to the Toronto area control centre to meet PJ ‘Tinman’ Scholtz, a long-serving and well-respected air traffic controller.

PJ ‘Tinman’ Scholtz has been a controller with NAV Canada for 31 years.
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Toronto/Lester B Pearson is Canada’s largest and most important gateway. Handling 49.5m passengers in 2018, it serves 30 airlines to more than 180 domestic and international destinations. Travellers who’ve flown through here would have had aircraft directed by a group of incredibly skilled people: NAV Canada air traffic controllers. If you’re fortunate, it might even have been handled by controller PJ ‘Tinman’ Scholtz.

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