The aviation industry is facing a pilot shortage – to the point where attracting, recruiting, and educating the next generation has been named a ‘Global Priority’ by an agency of the United Nations. Recent media coverage has highlighted this issue. The University of Waterloo’s aviation programs, founded in 2007, are an excellent pathway to a career in aviation, in partnership with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, offering a Bachelor’s degree and professional pilot credentials. Graduates of Waterloo’s aviation programs are high-achievers who are already making an impact on the aviation industry – in a variety of piloting positions at airlines in Canada and internationally. Notably, last year Waterloo partnered with Sunwing on an innovative ‘Cadet’ program, through which aviation graduates can move directly into a First Officer position on one of the airline’s Boeing 737 aircraft, by receiving an advanced education and completing a customized indoctrination training process at the airline. This type of cadet program, accepting First Officers with approximately 250-hours of flight experience, is an indication of the high-caliber graduates and the program’s efforts to support the Canadian aviation industry with the next generation of aviation professional.
University of Waterloo working to help reduce global pilot shortage
Friday, January 12, 2018