CAE, Jazz and Seneca launch cadet pilot training programme

CAE, Jazz Aviation (a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation) and Seneca have team up to develop a cadet pilot training programme in Canada; ‘Jazz Approach’.

The parties have signed a five-year partnership agreement to develop the programme to provide Jazz with a pipeline of first officers. Cadets will receive a letter of employment from the airline on selection into the programme – allowing for a direct path to join the airline as first officers conditional upon successful completion of the programme.

The first cohort is set to begin training in April 2020 and under the agreement, with its partner Seneca, CAE will be assisting Jazz in the selection, training and certification of new pilots.

“We are thrilled to add a first Canadian cadet pilot training programme to our list of curricula,” commented Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “The demand for pilots has never been so high. With over 300,000 pilots needed globally over the next decade, CAE is working closely with airlines around the world to come up with pilot creation solutions. This programme is a one-of-a-kind programme, and a great example of how the Canadian aviation industry is working closely together to come up with innovative solutions to face that challenge. We thank Jazz for its trust, we are honoured to help expand upon its pipeline of future pilots and we look forward to training them alongside Seneca.”

“We are very excited to partner with two exceptional Canadian organisations, CAE and Seneca, to introduce the Jazz Approach program,” said Captain Steve Linthwaite, vice-president, Flight Operations for Jazz Aviation. “For Jazz, this innovative initiative will be an expansion of our Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP) and provides yet another avenue for future generations of pilots to launch their careers in aviation. The roots of the Jazz APP program go back to 2007 and the addition of Jazz Approach is an important step in growing the program to yet another level. We have worked with both CAE and Seneca for many years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to join together to introduce this program in Canada.”

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