STARS Air Ambulance has named a Manitoban to lead the non-profit organization’s aviation division.
Dave Harding will be responsible for overseeing Western Canada operations and will assume the role of chief aviation officer.
Harding has more than 30 years and 6,500 flight hours of experience in aviation as a helicopter and airplane pilot, both as a civilian and with the Canadian Forces.
Harding has held a number of leadership roles at the Manitoba base since joining STARS in 2011. He was a captain pilot, aviation base manager and base director. He was also the aviation lead on STARS’ fleet renewal project.
Dr. JN Armstronh, who was previously STARS’ chief aviation officer, will continue as chief medical officer after holding both roles for a number of years.
Harding, who has flown nearly 800 missions with STARS, will continue to fly out of the Manitoba base part-time.