With thanks to:- www.trade-wings.net
If you’ve never heard of Jacques Prud’Homme, you haven’t had anything to do with aviation
The former President of Cargair
Ltée began flying at the age of 12 with his father Victorien. The latter was a businessman, the owner of Prud’Homme et Frères, a
concrete mill in l’Assomption, as well as the owner
of a Cessna C-180. "He had to have a d… good excuse not to take me
fishing with him", he remembers.
At the age of 16, he took advantage of a labour
strike at his high school to take private flying lessons at Laurentide Aviation in Cartierville.
In 1966, he obtained his commercial license from the Montréal Flying Club,
also based in Cartierville. At 19, he applied for a
position with Air Brochu in St-Michel-des-Saints,
but being too young, he was refused. Around the same time, the owner of Cargair, a carrier founded in 1961 and located in St-Zénon in the Laurentians,
passed away. Jacques bought the company with his father on
With his brother Guy, who became a partner in
1974, he turned it into one of the largest bush carriers in
following year, he contributed to the founding, and became the first
President, of the Association des transporteurs aériens de brousse du Québec (ATABQ), which is now the AQTA.
With a few partners, he then tried his hand in a
helicopter venture, by buying Olympic Hélicoptères.
Not at all lacking in ambition, the company operated two Llamas, two