Become a pilot through Nolinor Aviation!

Nolinor Aviation is launching a free pilot training program for its current and future employees, a first in Québec.

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Mirabel, February 20, 2018 – In response to a serious lack of pilots in the aviation industry, Nolinor Aviation is launching “Become a Pilot”—a commercial pilot training program for its current and future employees, a first in Québec. Nolinor employees who want to become a pilot and who have the right skills can take a commercial pilot training program. Program costs—which can run upwards of $75,000—will be fully covered by the company.

The air transportation industry is currently facing a worldwide shortage of qualified pilots in the coming years. Given the strong increase in air traffic and the introduction of new regulations on flight hours worked, this situation may become more pressing over the next few years. Several airlines have already planned to recruit 20-35% more pilots to meet their needs.


“Thanks to this new initiative, people who have dreamed of being a pilot but, for a variety of reasons—particularly financial reasons—never pursued their dream, finally see that it is within reach. This program will help us add to the availability of well-trained pilots, to counter the problem we are seeing across Québec and Canada.”

Jacques Prud’Homme, President of Nolinor Aviation


The “Become a Pilot” program will be available to all employees that have worked for the company for at least one year, who want to invest in their future and who have the potential to become a commercial pilot, regardless of their current position. Each year, candidates will be chosen using a thorough selection process to identify employees with the desire and predispositions to become a pilot. The company has already tested this concept and can confirm that chosen candidates had a better overall understanding of the occupation and of the daily operations of an airline carrier.


“We foresee that this pioneering program will also help recruit candidates who are passionate about aviation, for a variety of internal posts. The company currently has nearly 265 employees and we regularly hire pilots as well as cabin crew members, mechanics and flight dispatchers.”

Marjorie Lafrance, Human Resources Manager at Nolinor Aviation


“CAMAQ (Sectorial committee on aerospace labour in Québec) welcomes and fully supports this innovative initiative that provides a golden opportunity to those who cannot afford professional training, which can cost upwards of $75,000. With the introduction of the “Become a Pilot” program, Nolinor offers a new solution to the need for pilots and reaffirms its position as a leader in the Québec aerospace industry,” explains Nathalie Paré, executive director of CAMAQ.

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