Air Georgian and Air Canada Announce an Airline Pilot Hiring and
Training Program Partnership
The sky is calling at ClearedForTakeoff.ca as Air Georgian and Air
Canada are introducing an innovative hiring program to help address
their needs for the next generation of pilots.
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- Air Georgian and Air
Canada, announced today the creation of a unique cadet pilot hiring
program for high-achieving Canadian youth. The program is designed to
encourage young men and women to consider careers in commercial
aviation by assisting them with pilot training and offering them a
clearer path to rewarding employment opportunities. Candidates must
be high school graduates with a strong academic record and have
demonstrated leadership ability at school and in their community.
Eligible candidates will be selected by Air Georgian with the
assistance of Air Canada. They will then receive two conditional
offers of employment: The first offer, from Air Georgian, will be
conditional upon successful completion of both a 50-week,
student-funded, pilot training program at Flight Safety Academy in
Vero Beach, Florida culminating in obtaining a Commercial Pilot
Licence and a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating from Flight Safety
Academy and Air Georgian-funded training at Flight Safety
International in Toronto. The second offer of employment, from Air
Canada, is contingent upon successful training and employment as a
pilot with Air Georgian for a minimum of four years as well as on
meeting certain employment standards at Air Canada.
"We are very excited about our Cadet Program partnership with Air
Canada," said Eric Edmondson, President of Air Georgian. "This
program will help both Air Georgian and Air Canada attract, train and
employ the best and the brightest youth in Canada in a very
challenging and rewarding career. This is an innovative program
designed to address our need for highly skilled labour, while
offering some bright and enthusiastic young Canadians a clear
school-to-work transition option. This partnership with Air Canada is
the result of a number of years of working closely together
transitioning pilots and specifically Captains from their first
airline job at Air Georgian into a career position at Air Canada.
This partnership represents a single stream of recruitment and
retention programs offered under Air Georgian's "One Regional"
program. Other streams include a highly successful mentorship program
through a partnership with Seneca College, as well as other retention
"Air Canada is pleased to partner with Air Georgian on this
innovative program. This program gives high achieving young Canadians
an opportunity to develop their skills and find fulfilling careers in
the challenging world of commercial aviation," said Captain Rick
Allen, Senior Director Flight Operations at Air Canada. "Both
carriers will benefit from the ability to attract top talent while
customers will gain assurance from the knowledge our pilots are
selected from among the best candidates who will receive intensive
preparation through the program's carefully-guided training regime
with its emphasis on safety."
Flight Safety International was chosen by Air Canada and Air Georgian
to provide the initial training because it is the world's leading
aviation training company. The Flight Safety Academy at Vero Beach is
a world class facility where the instruction and equipment used are
second to none.
"We are very confident that the Flight Safety Academy will provide
the highest calibre training to our future pilots. Flying conditions
are excellent at Vero Beach with clear weather most of the year and
their staff is highly professional," said Captain Daniel Bockner, Air
Georgian's Vice President, Flight Operations.
About Air Georgian
Air Georgian became a Tier III partner of Air Canada in 2000,
operating as Air Alliance under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA).
Today Air Georgian operates under the brand Air Canada Express,
focusing on trans-border and domestic operations carrying over
350,000 passengers per year for Air Canada from Toronto's Pearson
International Airport, Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau
International Airport, Halifax's Robert L. Stanfield International
Airport and Calgary's International Airport to 23 Canadian and U.S.
Air Georgian has been providing aviation services and customized
charter flight solutions for more than 25 years. Air Georgian also
operates and/or maintains a fleet of corporate jets from its base in
Toronto. Air Georgian offers fully scalable aircraft management
arrangements focusing on clients who share their commitment to safety
and quality. Air Georgian, has achieved the coveted ARGUS Platinum
Audit Rating along with IS-BAO Stage 1 registration.
About Air Canada
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline
serving more than 175 destinations on five continents. Canada's flag
carrier is the 15th largest commercial airline in the world and in
2012 served more than 34 million customers. Air Canada provides
scheduled passenger service directly to 59 Canadian cities, 56
destinations in the United States and 63 cities in Europe, the Middle
East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Air
Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most
comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,329 destinations
in 194 countries. In 2012, Air Canada was ranked Best International
Airline in North America in a worldwide survey of more than 18
million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm
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