PilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4256 times:
Just curious, what the process is and how difficult would it be to land a pilot job in Canada for an American pilot? Im considering all my options right now, and my fear of who is going to be the next President of the US lol. Thanks in advance.
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 12 Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
The pilot shortage is not as severe here as in some sectors of the US. AC Jazz is recruiting directly from colleges but that is flying Dash 8 and CRJ's. Other airlines may be hiring. Have you tried checking the airline websites?
AFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4101 times:
I am only in high school right now, but I am pretty sure I want to be a pilot especially for an international airline. I was flying back on an AC E190 flight from YYC-JFK and I was talking to the pilots prior departure. They were both pretty young and I asked them how easy it is to land a job with AC? They said it was not that hard and that they both enjoyed their jobs very much. Although, I feel that if I want to work internationally, there is no real difference between the US and Canada, but I do love Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec. They are all great cities. But, AC sounds like an interesting airline to work for. I personally, would rather land a job with KL, AF, AZ, or LH, but those might be very hard to get especially for someone from the US.
Whoever it will be, they can't possibly be worse than the current one.
Anyways, I think it wouldn't be too bad but they do things different up there, come on, no night VFR, you have to have your instrument? Don't go too crazy, there will be plenty of jobs in the US. I do kind of like Westjet though, if I had to fly for a Canadian company, it would be them.
Scrumpy492003 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3838 times:
You would need a Canadian Licence to operate a Canadian Registered Aeroplane.
Some licences are transferable, otherwise it is a flight Test / check ride etc.
Some interesting flying may be had in different parts of the world also, flying smaller stuff, though with the expansions foreseen, IF you go the college route, it would be much easier to land a job with an airline at reasonably low time.
Jamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 519 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3705 times:
Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 2): do you have to be Bi to land a pilot job in canada?
Not to fly, but it will make things a lot easier if you are bilingual as AC is based in Montreal and as a pilot for any airline you will encounter a lot of Francophone colleagues and customers from coast to coast. Don't forget that there are French Canadians in every province, not just Quebec, and they will greatly appreciate the simple respect for their langauge when you say hello and ask how they are in their tongue. Simply demonstrating a willingless to speak French (by having done night school or classes) will give you an edge of every other applicant who thinks that English is all you need.
Tb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1398 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3604 times:
Quoting Threepoint (Reply 9): Where'd you hear that? There is plenty of night VFR flown in Canada. You may be confused by the restriction on carrying passengers commercially in night VFR conditions perhaps.
Maybe that was it. I thought I heard that as a Private Pilot you couldn't fly at night without in instrument rating. Doesn't make much sense but maybe it was the commercial aspect of it. Thanks!
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1512 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
Quoting Scrumpy492003 (Reply 10): Some interesting flying may be had in different parts of the world also, flying smaller stuff, though with the expansions foreseen, IF you go the college route, it would be much easier to land a job with an airline at reasonably low time.
Do you need to have graduated from a Canadian college, or will an American college do? Also, I know AC Jazz has very high minimums right now, along the lines of 1500 total time. Interestingly enough, Air Canada has only 1000 total time on there web site. Does Jazz really hire are 1500 total time?
Scrumpy492003 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 170 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1699 times:
Licences are easily transferred - especially the higher the licence.
Some ways of doing things are different, so the proceedures for general aviation are different - more especially non-IFR stuff.
I know people who have transferred licences some flying for WestJet now, others who flew US registered a/c.
It's no big deal, BUT nowadays, an Aviation degree from some accredited college - Mount Royal, Seneca - in Alberta and BC - and those in the USA really help by giving a greater understanding of the BIG picture.
It isn't the be all and end all though, in the end it depends on the person rather than the college qualification.
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4316 posts, RR: 36 Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1509 times:
To fly for Air Canada you must be a Canadian Citizen or a Landed Immigrant. If you do not have an easy "in" there, then I would imagine that to achieve that status would be the greatest hurdle. Far harder than the license or experience requirements.
As you can well imagine, Canada is as protective of Canadian jobs as the United States is of American jobs.
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Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1289 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
I don't think getting a job for Air Canada is easy. Jazz is a different story, but like everyone else, Canada's trying to protect their own. Why hire an American pilot, when there are so many Canadian ones. With that being said, I heard there are a lot of foreign pilots flying for Westjet. I personally met a guy who used to fly for KLM.
I also met a really nice captain for Skyservice who's actually Columbian. I guess if you have the experience, it's easier to get on with a Canadian operator, but a new pilot fresh out of school.... it's pretty hard. Plenty of Canadians in that position too....
Good luck anyway....
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CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1512 posts, RR: 6 Reply 18, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
Quoting Vio (Reply 17): don't think getting a job for Air Canada is easy. Jazz is a different story
Is Jazz easy to get hired on with? Also does anyone know, if you convert your licence from FAA to Transport Canada, do you have to give up your FAA licence, or can you keep it and also have your Transport Canada licence? Vice-Versa?
Anyone with good information, please PM me, I am really curious to know these details!