HALIFAX, May 28, 2018 /CNW/ - Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is continuing its commitment to Canada's current and future flight instructors with an enhanced agreement between the airline's Jazz Aviation Pathway Program ("Jazz APP") and the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique ("CQFA"); the Cégep de Chicoutimi's School of Aviation flight program.
"The Jazz APP Instructor Pathway continues to encourage pilots to become instructors without it affecting their option to pursue a career as an airline pilot," explained Steve Linthwaite, Vice President, Flight Operations, Jazz. "With an increasing demand for both English and French flight instructors, expanding this program to include respected French language academic institutions such as CQFA will help us continue to build a strong and inclusive future for the Canadian aviation industry."
Jazz APP is a program developed in 2007 to create a streamlined career path for the pilot profession in Canada. CQFA joined the Jazz APP in August 2016. This enhanced agreement with CQFA extends the Jazz APP opportunity to their top flight instructors. The instructors must be recommended by CQFA and meet comprehensive experience criteria in order to have an opportunity for employment with Jazz.
The industry-leading Jazz Aviation Pathways Program includes collaboration on training and curriculum to promote safety and professionalism, while providing up-to-date information on industry best practices. The Jazz APP is aimed at establishing a direct career path for qualifying graduates; including flight simulator evaluations, student scholarships, and the opportunity for top-performing graduates to transition to first officer positions at Jazz.
"We have worked closely with Jazz for many years and were pleased to join the Jazz APP in 2007," said Steeve Noreau, CQFA's Director. "This new agreement will further solidify our existing relationship by providing another option and great incentive to our graduates and offering a range of attractive and valuable career opportunities."
For the past 11 years, Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada's future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges and universities. In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program banner. To date, Jazz has announced agreements between the Jazz APP and the following 18 institutions and organizations:
Aviation Colleges, Flight Schools, and Universities:
Brampton Flight Centre
Centre québécois de formation aéronautique at Cégep de Chicoutimi
Collège Air Richelieu
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Mount Royal University
Ottawa Aviation Services
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
Industry Organization Agreements exist with:
Air Cadet League of Canada
Keewatin Air LP
For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca/pathwaysprogram.
Jazz Aviation LP has a strong history in Canadian aviation with its roots going back to the 1930s. Jazz is owned by Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX: CHR). Chorus's vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world.
As the largest regional carrier in Canada, Jazz has a proven track record of industry leadership and exceptional customer service, and has leveraged that strength to deliver value to all its stakeholders. Jazz operates more flights and flies to more Canadian destinations than any other airline, and has a workforce of approximately 4,500 professionals, highly experienced in the challenging and complex nature of regional operations.
There are three divisions operated by Jazz Aviation LP: Air Canada Express, Jazz Technical Services and Jazz.
Air Canada Express: Under a capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada, using the Air Canada Express brand, Jazz provides service to and from lower-density markets as well as higher-density markets at off-peak times throughout North America, with a fleet of 116 Canadian-made Bombardier aircraft.
Jazz Technical Services: Established in May 2016 as a separate division, Jazz Technical Services ('JTS') is dedicated to heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Bombardier aircraft. JTS provides MRO services to third parties while maintaining the dedication and commitment to its primary customer, Air Canada.
Jazz: Under the Jazz brand, the airline offers charters throughout North America for corporate clients, governments, special interest groups and individuals seeking more convenience. Jazz also has the ability to offer airline operators services such as ground handling, dispatching, flight load planning, training and consulting.
SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.
For further information: Jazz Aviation LP: Manon Stuart, (902) 873-5054, Halifax, NS, [email protected]; Debra Williams, (905) 671-7769, Toronto, ON, [email protected]; Centre québécois de formation aéronautique: Steeve Noreau, (418) 673-3421, Saint-Honoré, [email protected]