What are the pre-requisites to apply to the Jazz Approach program?
The pre-requisites for this program are listed on the website, cae.com/jazz and are as follows;
• Citizenship: Legally entitled to work in Canada, and a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. In the latter case, the Trainee must be able to obtain and maintain crew visa documentation required to operate aircraft within the USA.
• Minimum Education: Post-secondary degree, diploma or equivalent.
• Minimum Age: 18 years old.
• Physical & Medical Requirements: Must be able to obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate issued by TC. https://tc.canada.ca/en/corporate-services/acts-regulations/list-regulations/canadian-aviation-regulations-sor-96-433/standards/standard-424-medical-requirements/standard-424-appendix-ii-limitations-restrictions-which-may-appear-permit-licence-medical-certificate#physical
• Language Skills: Fluency in English, both written & spoken; a minimum of ICAO level 4 English Language proficiency.
How do I apply to Jazz Approach?
Ready to apply? You can submit your application online. Select “Apply Now” on the righthand side of the webpage: www.cae.com/jazz
You will be required to enter your personal information, and submit the following 3 documents;
- Passport (with Canadian PR card if applicable)
- A copy of your post-secondary unofficial transcript OR a copy of your post-secondary degree or diploma *
*Submit the transcript, degree, or diploma of your highest level of post-secondary education. For those who meet post-secondary education equivalency, please upload relevant documentation.
Please be advised that CAE will only review applications that are completed in full. Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will be contacted by CAE within 2 weeks of their application with assessment instructions.
How do I get my Transport Canada Medical Certificates?
You can initiate your application before receiving your medical certificate. We will however, require a copy of your medical to confirm enrollment in the course. Your medical must be a Transport Canada category 1 medical – for more information on where to obtain one, please visit; https://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/came-meac/l.aspx?lang=eng
What do I need to know about the assessments for the Jazz Approach program?
Once your application documents are received and reviewed, eligible applicants will receive a link to complete an online assessment. You will receive a digital handbook outlining what to expect for this test. This online assessment will evaluate your personality and aptitude. The next and final step for successful applicants will be two additional assessments and an interview with Jazz Aviation directly. Both assessments and the interview will be conducted on the same day. This will be scheduled in advance.
How much does the Jazz Approach program cost?
The full course price is expected to be approximately $126,000 CAD, before taxes. This price includes your iATPL training including a jet transition module, and CRJ 200 type rating. In addition to the course price, you should budget housing costs in Kingston, Ontario at approximately $1,000-$1,100 per month with 3-5 roommates or $1,300-$1,400 per month with 1-2 roommates.
Remedial training, headset, uniforms, laptops, and books are not included.
Is there financing available for the Jazz Approach program?
Financing solutions are available to cadets. Instructions for how to apply for your student loan will be provided to accepted cadets.
Please see the attached link for current financing opportunities:
Is the Jazz Approach program eligible for OSAP funding?
At this point in time, the Jazz Approach program is not eligible for funding under the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Federal and provincial student funding opportunities are being sought for the program. More details will be provided should such funding opportunities become available.
Can the program be paid in installments?
Yes, the program can be paid in installments.
Accepted cadets will be provided with an enrollment agreement, which outlines the payment plan for the program.
Where will the training take place?
The ab initio (on-aircraft) portion of the flight training course will be conducted in Kingston, Ontario.
The simulator training for the CRJ-200 Type Rating will take place at the CAE training center in Mississauga, Ontario.
The ab initio flight training provider is currently going through an audit and approval process. Due to reasons related to regulatory compliance, we are not able to share the name, and other specific details about the flight training provider at this time. Once the approval process is complete, these details will be made available to the public.
The ab initio flight training provider is owned by Chorus Aviation. Chorus Aviation is also the parent company of Jazz Aviation.
What aircraft will be used for training?
The ab initio (on-aircraft) training provider will be using a fleet of Diamond aircraft (DA-20s, DA40s, and DA-42s), as well as simulators.
What is the duration of the program?
The duration of this program is expected to take 20 months in total.
The first 18 months will be spent training at CAE and Jazz’s partner flight school in Ontario. There you will complete your Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (iATPL) training.
The following 2 months will be spent at CAE Toronto, in Mississauga, Ontario. There you will complete a CRJ 200 type rating.
This training program is a full-time commitment. You will be expected to attend training an average of 5 days per week. Due to weather delays, you may be asked to attend 6 days per week as necessary.
How many flight hours will I have when I graduate from the Jazz Approach program?
The Jazz Approach program follows a Transport Canada approved Integrated Air Transport Pilot License (iATPL) training program. You will graduate from the program with more flight and flight simulation training hours than are required under the regulatory minimums.
When will the first class start?
The first class will start the training program in early 2023.
The exact class start date will be communicated within the next few months.
How often will classes be run?
Starting in 2023, Jazz Approach expects to run 3 classes per year.
The exact class start dates will be communicated within the next few months.
Do I need to have prior flight experience to apply for the Jazz Approach program?
You can still apply with a PPL. Keep in mind that you will be required to complete the syllabus in full, regardless of prior experience.
We consider those who are working towards their CPL, have their CPL or higher to be overqualified. Anyone who already holds a CPL is encouraged to follow the traditional hiring process and apply directly to Jazz online, once they meet minimum hour requirements.
What happens after graduation?
Successful cadets will receive a conditional letter of employment with Jazz Aviation, to progress to a First Officer position upon completion of the course. No additional time building required. Hiring at Jazz is based on available course dates.
How long does it take for me to flow through to Air Canada?
Jazz and Air Canada currently have a relationship that provides preferential opportunities for Jazz pilots to interview for positions as pilots with Air Canada. This agreement provides for a percentage of all pilots that get offered positions at Air Canada to come from active pilots at Jazz.
As a Jazz Approach cadet, is there a minimum amount of time I will be required to work for Jazz?
As a Jazz Approach cadet there is no minimum required time to work at Jazz after graduation. You can leave at any time.
What salary can I expect as a First Officer at Jazz upon graduation?
Information on Jazz pilot salaries and benefits packages are listed on the following website;
Scroll down to ‘Compensation and Benefits’ for full details.
I already have my licenses and a few hundred hours. Can I apply?
This program is meant for individuals with no flying experience, or low time (PPL or below). Individuals who already meet the qualifications and experience required to become a pilot at Jazz should apply through the traditional hiring process at: https://flyjazz.ca/en/careers/pilots/pilot-recruitment/