Air Georgian Signs Innovative Partnership Agreement with Ottawa Aviation Services to Build a Supply of Qualified Pilots

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Aptitude testing and customized pilot training are key to Air Georgian’s selection of qualified applicants

Air Georgian - Air Canada Express 1900D Beechcraft Private Jet Charter

Air Georgian - Air Canada Express 1900D Beechcraft Private Jet Charter

Air Georgian is a forward-looking and innovative airline that is taking steps to ensure that it has a supply of quality candidates not just today, but two years from today.

Air Georgian, a leading Canadian private jet charter provider with bases of operation in Toronto, Calgary, Halifax and Montreal, is pleased to announce the recent signing of a partnership agreement with Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS) to assist with pilot recruiting and selection needs.

Air Georgian has chosen the technical platform services of OAS to help ensure the selection of the best flight crew for employment, while at the same time assembling a pool of qualified candidates for potential future hire.

OAS uses the advanced COMPASS battery of pilot selection tests to assess Air Georgian applicants for flight crew employment. These assessments test for (1) advanced aptitude skills, (2) English language proficiency and (3) personality profiles. The COMPASS tests were developed by the European Pilot Selection & Testing Company and extensively used by airlines in Europe and Asia.

Air Georgian recently completed its first round of assessments using OAS’s COMPASS test services. Based on the test results and performance in training, Air Georgian is confident that this testing process will have long term benefit within its flight training department as well as flight crew retention.

“The savings in staff time and training costs were immediately apparent”, said Dan Bockner, Air Georgian Vice President of Flight Operations.

Air Georgian and OAS are also partnering in a Pilot Provisioning Service, whereby OAS will train flight crew candidates to Air Georgian’s exacting requirements in its integrated ATPL program. Candidates will then be interviewed and carefully selected using the basic and the advanced COMPASS battery of tests. Successful graduates will be offered an opportunity to interview with Air Georgian for potential employment as First Officers.

“Air Georgian is a forward-looking and innovative airline that is taking steps to ensure that it has a supply of quality candidates not just today, but two years from today. It is protecting itself against the effects of a pilot shortage that is already being felt in countries around the globe” said Joan Williams, Chair of the Board of Ottawa Aviation Services.

About Air Georgian
Air Georgian Limited, a subsidiary of Georgian International, was formed in 1984 and operates under the brand Air Canada Express, focusing on trans-border and domestic aircraft airline and charter operations with its fleet of 16 Beechcraft 1900D twin-engine turboprop airplanes that carry over 400,000 passengers a year from Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International Airport and Halifax's Robert L. Stanfield International Airport to 26 Canadian and U.S. destinations. Air Georgian's head office and maintenance facilities are located at Toronto's Pearson International Airport where it is ranked as the fourth largest user by traffic frequency. In addition to its scheduled passenger service Air Georgian offers aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft management and technical training services to major airlines, corporations and individuals. For more information about Air Georgian visit    

About OAS
OAS has been offering flight training, maintenance and other aviation services for more than 15 years. OAS Flight Training division provides professional pilot trainees with efficient, one-stop, seamless training from zero to type rating ready. It prepares graduates for all stages of their careers from exemplary First Officers to excellent Captains in commercial air operations. Its Pilot Provisioning Service helps graduates to smoothly transition into those airline jobs. OAS marries old fashioned stick and rudder skills with training in new aircraft technologies and constant adaptation of best practices. It aims to graduate pilots who know how to and pride themselves in delivering safe and efficient airplane trips for the traveling public. OAS continues to invest in leading-edge technologies and form partnerships with such leading academic institutions as Carleton University & Algonquin College. For more information on Ottawa Aviation Services please visit:

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