Jazz Further Supports Seneca with Flight Instructor Bursary Program

HALIFAX, Oct., 24, 2018 /CNW/ – Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is pleased to announce a further commitment to Canada’s future professional pilots with an enhanced agreement between the airline’s Jazz Aviation Pathway Program ("Jazz APP") and Seneca’s School of Aviation ("Seneca"). The enhanced agreement includes the introduction of a flight instructor bursary, a commitment from Jazz to contribute up to $16,000 annually to assist Seneca graduates in becoming flight instructors.

"We are happy to further encourage and support Seneca graduates in their pursuit of becoming flight instructors," said Steven Linthwaite, Vice President, Flight Operations, Jazz. "We are committed to cultivating a strong future for the pilot profession and by creating this bursary program, we are building on our strong relationship with Seneca to better support the industry and the ever-growing need for flight instructors."

As a part of this enhanced agreement, Jazz will offer a bursary of up to $4,000 annually to a maximum of four third-year Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology students who have been identified by Seneca as candidates to become Flight Instructors at the institution following graduation.

"This bursary opportunity from Jazz will encourage and enable more Seneca Aviation graduates to become Flight Instructors," explained Lynne McMullen, Director of Business Development, Seneca School of Aviation. "We are grateful for our continued partnership with Jazz and the attractive and valuable career opportunities this longstanding relationship provides both our students and instructors."

The new flight instructor bursary builds upon the existing Flight Instructor pathway agreement between Jazz and Seneca, introduced in 2016. The pathway provides Seneca’s top-flight instructors with an opportunity for employment as a professional pilot with Jazz.

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:
Algonquin College
Brampton Flight Centre
Centre québécois de formation aéronautique at Cégep de Chicoutimi
Collège Air Richelieu
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Confederation College
Mount Royal University
Okanagan College
Ottawa Aviation Services
Sault College
Seneca College
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario

Industry Organization Agreements exist with:
Air Cadet League of Canada
Air Canada
Bearskin Airlines
Keewatin Air LP
Wasaya Airways

For more information, visit www.flyjazz.ca/pathwaysprogram

About Jazz

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 4,600 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 and Embraer 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.

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About Seneca College School of Aviation

Seneca’s Bachelor of Aviation Technology program is the only one of its kind in Canada. It provides a rigorous aviation technology-based curriculum and the application of this theory to aviation. The breadth of knowledge and skills prepares students to operate a complex aircraft in a multi-crew environment, to understand the technologies and human factors that affect the successful operation of an aircraft and to assume the professional responsibility associated with being a commercial pilot. Students also learn about business management, airport operations and planning, and air carrier administration to gain a broad perspective of the aviation industry and ultimately gain access to a greater variety of careers in the industry.

For more information, visit www.senecacollege.ca/aviation


SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.