Jazz further supports Seneca with flight instructor bursary program

Jazz Aviation LP has announced a further commitment to Canada’s future professional pilots with an enhanced agreement between the airline’s Jazz Aviation Pathway Program (Jazz APP) and Seneca’s School of Aviation (Seneca).

Bombardier Q400
Jazz Aviation LP has a growing fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft, similar to this one. The company is expanding its agreement with Seneca College to encourage graduates to become flight instructors. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Photo

The enhanced agreement includes the introduction of a flight instructor bursary, a commitment from Jazz to contribute up to $16,000 annually to assist Seneca graduates in becoming flight instructors.

“We are happy to further encourage and support Seneca graduates in their pursuit of becoming flight instructors,” said Steven Linthwaite, vice-president, Flight Operations, Jazz.

“We are committed to cultivating a strong future for the pilot profession and by creating this bursary program, we are building on our strong relationship with Seneca to better support the industry and the ever-growing need for flight instructors.”

As a part of this enhanced agreement, Jazz will offer a bursary of up to $4,000 annually to a maximum of four third-year Honours Bachelor of Aviation Technology students who have been identified by Seneca as candidates to become flight instructors at the institution following graduation.

“This bursary opportunity from Jazz will encourage and enable more Seneca Aviation graduates to become Flight Instructors,” explained Lynne McMullen, director of business development, Seneca School of Aviation.


“We are grateful for our continued partnership with Jazz and the attractive and valuable career opportunities this longstanding relationship provides both our students and instructors.”

The new flight instructor bursary builds upon the existing flight instructor pathway agreement between Jazz and Seneca, introduced in 2016. The pathway provides Seneca’s top-flight instructors with an opportunity for employment as a professional pilot with Jazz.

For the past 11 years, Jazz has been actively involved in shaping the curriculum and training of Canada’s future professional pilots through active engagement with aviation colleges and universities.

In 2015, Jazz rebranded these efforts under the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program banner. To date, Jazz has announced agreements between the Jazz APP and 18 institutions and organizations.

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