Air Georgian Limited has signed a pilot recruitment agreement with Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS). The agreement will provide a gateway for pilots who work as flight instructors for OAS to be hired by Air Georgian as CRJ 100/200 First Officers.

"This is an exciting program that will provide benefits to everyone involved," said Julie Mailhot, Air Georgian's Chief Operating Officer. "We expect OAS to see improved instructor retention while Air Georgian benefits from having a dedicated stream of candidates. The pilots benefit by having a clear gateway from their job as an instructor to a First Officer position flying jet aircraft with an Air Canada Express partner. Once meeting the minimum experience requirements while at Air Georgian, the pilots will have an opportunity to partake in the Pilot Mobility Agreement where they receive an interview with Air Canada."

The program is designed to provide OAS with highly predictable and timed attrition by providing the instructors a conditional offer of employment and clear visibility regarding their career progression with an entry point into the Air Canada system. Those hired under the gateway program will be given a number of paid days over their first two years of employment with Air Georgian to return to OAS and provide mentorship to instructors and students.

Air Georgian operates under the Air Canada Express banner for Air Canada, flying to 31 domestic and transborder destinations from bases in Toronto and Calgary.