Jazz Approach ab-initio pilot training programme accepting candidates

CAE and Canadian regional airline Jazz Aviation are now accepting applications for Jazz Approach, an ab-initio pilot training programme that provides cadets a direct pathway to a first officer position at Jazz Aviation.

“We’re adding new simulators and essential training capacity to support the increased demand for pilots from our Canadian airline customers,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president, civil aviation. “Our partnership with Jazz Aviation on the Jazz Approach cadet programme will allow us to create a pipeline of pilots for Jazz and provide a new pathway to a dream career. We look forward to making similar programs available to other Canadian airlines soon,” added Leontidis.

Offered by CAE and Jazz Aviation, Jazz Approach is the first cadet program of its kind in Canada, offering candidates with no previous flight experience the required training to become an airline pilot. Open to people with a post-secondary degree, diploma, or equivalent, and legally entitled to work in Canada and able to obtain a Canadian Category 1 Medical Certificate, the 20-month programme includes a Transport Canada approved iATPL programme and a CRJ 200 type rating in preparation for a first officer position at Jazz.

A partnership between CAE and Jazz Aviation, Jazz Approach is the first pilot creation program of its kind in Canada.

•    Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training for 18 months in Ontario
•    Bombardier CRJ200 type rating at CAE Toronto
•    Upon successful completion of the training programme and subject to certain conditions, the graduates of the Jazz Approach will join Jazz as first officers
•    This programme is designed for people with little or no flight experience. Applicants without any previous flight experience are encouraged to apply.

In addition, CAE is installing a Dash-8 Classic FFS at its Montreal training centre to better align with demand for training on this aircraft type in Canada. The move follows the installation and start of customer training on new B737 MAX and B787 FFSs at the expanded Toronto site. CAE also operates commercial aviation training centres at Vancouver, providing leading-edge training to Canada’s airlines.

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