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On Approach with Airfield Ops Specialist (and pancake chef)

This month, we talk to Aaron Roeck (second from right in photo), an Airfield Operations Specialist with the Airfield and Emergency Services team at Vancouver Airport Authority. Aaron has worked for the Airport Authority for seven years and is also one of the master chefs who will be flipping pancakes at the second annual YVR Community Pancake Breakfast that happens Wednesday, September 18 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Templeton Station bus parking lot. Breakfast is by donation and everybody is welcome so come try some delicious pancakes (see below for Aaron’s specialty) and help raise money to send kids to Summer Burn Camp.

What was your dream job growing up
One of those guys who works on the deck of an aircraft carrier. I don’t know what their job title is but I always wanted to be close to planes.  That seemed to be closest I could get without becoming a pilot.

What makes being a part of the AES team at YVR unique?
The possibility that at any one moment you may have to drop whatever you’re doing and respond to a critical incident with an 80,000lb crash truck


What’s a cool moment you can share with us about your work at YVR
I had a great opportunity to share the “Airside experience” with a couple of vision impaired elementary school-aged children.  It was a great experience and challenge to have to describe the airfield to someone by using sounds rather than sight.


Let’s talk about food….

Who is the best chef of your crew?
We have many good cooks around, as long as there is a mass quantity of food there are  generally no complaints.

What’s your signature dish?
I make a pretty mean moose burger.

 Did someone say pancakes?

What’s your best pancake memory as a kid?
Weekend breakfasts at home and eating pancakes straight off the griddle when they were piping hot.

Favourite pancake add-on or pancake specialty? 
I’m not super picky so whatever’s on the table will do.  I have been known to layer half an inch  of PB on top of my pancakes. Of course the Mickey Mouse pancake is a favorite.  My daughter  asks me to make them but then she doesn’t eat them, more for me…

Why should people come out to the pancake breakfast?
It’s for an amazing cause. The Burn Camp has been giving burn victims an opportunity to spend time together in a safe and fun environment for a long time and needs support to do so.  It’s also a great opportunity for us to sit down and share a meal with each other here at the airport creating community and just getting to know each other!

 Come join Aaron and the Airfield and Emergency Services team on September 18th, help support a great cause, and try a delicious pancake - or three!

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1 Comment

  • Ronald Trainor wrote on Dec 30 2013 AT 1:01 PM

    Hello Aaron,
    I am hopeful that I can meet with you on site in 2014 to discuss your Safety Products needs and other Material Handling needs for your new Building. Our company manufactures Fireman Lockers and other items for your department. Will you please give me a call so I can set up an appointment at your best time. We do business with YVR and am out your way almost every week. thank you.
    Ron Trainor
    Cell # 604-202-0804
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