TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2013) - 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 programs."
"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. destinations.
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 Skytrax.