I graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1983, and went on to complete an internship through the University of Toronto. Following that, I enlisted and spent 12 years in the Canadian Air Force, where I trained in and practiced Aviation and Aerospace Medicine.
Honorably retired, I moved to Colorado in 1996 and practiced General Medicine and Occupational Medicine locally for 25 years. Because of my interest and experience in Aviation Medicine, I became an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner in 2000 and was appointed Senior Aviation Medical Examiner in 2005. My goal as a doctor is to keep pilots flying.
I have been a pilot since 1984. Flying has been my passion since my father bought a Cessna 172 in 1972. I started flying lessons right after medical school, during my internship, and obtained my initial private pilot certification in Toronto, Ontario during a very cold January in 1984. Aircraft checkouts for early morning flights were met with a bitter damp wind off Lake Ontario.
Like many, after a few years, obligations caught up with me and I did not fly much for quite some time. During that time I was an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and served as flight surgeon to a CF-18 squadron. I did get some time in those jets and other fighters, as well as the occasional flight in a general aviation aircraft. Following retirement, I moved to Colorado and eventually found time to start flying again.
I have completed IFR, Commercial, and multi-engine certifications. I owned a 1977 Cessna 182 for a few years but traded that on a 1976 Beechcraft Baron B55 in 2017. I still fly that--as often as possible--out of Rocky Mountain Metro.
My Baron is pictured below.
Jade E. Dillon, MD
Senior Aviation Medical Examiner
Baron B55 Cockpit
KBJC Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport