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Old 11-27-2023, 01:33 PM
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Hello! I am a junior international student who is in flight training in the U.S. with an aviation college degree program, but looking for myself flying Canadian Air instead of U.S.

Because I am in the U.S, not in Canada, I couldn't find a lot of good sources or good people to talk to about flying in Canada, especially as an international student (visa, citizenship problems so on )

One of my current captain professors recommended that I send an e-mail to the Air Canada Pilot Association about my problems and a good person to help me and give me career advice, (He told me there should be someone interested in students looking for career advice and so on for future pilots) but seems like ACPA is not being really helpful about this topic...

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What do you pilots think is a good way to reach for someone willing to help this helpless student with some pieces of advice, besides the Air Canada Pilot Association?
For example, is there some kind of career advice center or internet community and so on... to ask some questions about?

I really don't know where to start though... But I think asking for help is one of the good first starting points I guess.


Thank you!
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Old 11-28-2023, 05:19 AM
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I'd look into US airline flying first, unless you already have right-to-work in CA.

Canadian airlines are very similar to US airlines, except they get paid a lot loss... especially FO's.
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Old 11-30-2023, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by canard2w
Hello! I am a junior international student who is in flight training in the U.S. with an aviation college degree program, but looking for myself flying Canadian Air instead of U.S.

Because I am in the U.S, not in Canada, I couldn't find a lot of good sources or good people to talk to about flying in Canada, especially as an international student (visa, citizenship problems so on )

One of my current captain professors recommended that I send an e-mail to the Air Canada Pilot Association about my problems and a good person to help me and give me career advice, (He told me there should be someone interested in students looking for career advice and so on for future pilots) but seems like ACPA is not being really helpful about this topic...

So,

What do you pilots think is a good way to reach for someone willing to help this helpless student with some pieces of advice, besides the Air Canada Pilot Association?
For example, is there some kind of career advice center or internet community and so on... to ask some questions about?

I really don't know where to start though... But I think asking for help is one of the good first starting points I guess.


Thank you!
This may come across as nitpicky (and it is)...but if you really want to fly with them, get their name right. The name of the airline is "Air Canada." As someone who has interviewed pilots in the past, it's hard to believe someone telling you they really want to work for you and they can't even use the proper name. Canadian Air? Canadian Airlines ceased to exist in 2001 when it was acquired by Air Canada. If you are asking a more broad question about flying for any airline in Canada, phrase it that way, don't use the name of a dead airline. Good luck!
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My advice would be to find someone to marry here so you can get a work permit after college, fly here, get the green card and then worry about the miserable state the canadian airlines are in…
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Old 12-03-2023, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by blastoff
This may come across as nitpicky (and it is)...but if you really want to fly with them, get their name right. The name of the airline is "Air Canada." As someone who has interviewed pilots in the past, it's hard to believe someone telling you they really want to work for you and they can't even use the proper name. Canadian Air? Canadian Airlines ceased to exist in 2001 when it was acquired by Air Canada. If you are asking a more broad question about flying for any airline in Canada, phrase it that way, don't use the name of a dead airline. Good luck!
Sorry! I should've been more specific. I was literally mentioning about the Canadian Sky (physically), any skies above Canada. I don't mind if I end up Air Canada, Westjet, Jazz aviation or so on.
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Old 12-03-2023, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by canard2w
Sorry! I should've been more specific. I was literally mentioning about the Canadian Sky (physically), any skies above Canada. I don't mind if I end up Air Canada, Westjet, Jazz aviation or so on.
You would need Canadian ATP or commercial license, depending on the operation. You need the right to live and work in Canada. Best bet would be to start out working ramp or operations for a regional. Not a lot of room at the top of the food chain in Canada.
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Old 12-13-2023, 07:38 AM
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Send me a PM if you have any questions, current TC ATP holder here. Just finished my conversion to FAA last week however, looking to make the move to the US.

Not to be rude but not sure why you would move to Canada, Air Canada flat pay is 4 years, and starts at $58/k annual CAD (this is for the largest 121 in the country so you can imagine the QoL at other carriers), compared to US wages we make about 1/3 the pay, hence the username lol
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Old 05-22-2024, 08:10 PM
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One of my first officers is Canadian (as am I, but my story is impertinent to your query) -flying a narrow body jet at a major US carrier. On third year pay, her earnings exceed (considerably) those of her senior 777 captain/line check pilot dad at Air Canada.

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Old 05-26-2024, 04:51 PM
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Why such a drastic pay difference between Air Canada and the US Legacy airlines? Is there really that much of a pilot supply/demand difference between the 2 countries?
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Old 05-29-2024, 01:48 PM
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I don't really know why, but it's a huge, HUGE difference in salaries across the border, then there's the taxes. In corporate aviation, it's doubled in the US, minimum. I had co-pilots earning more than a Global Captain in Canada. Not a lot of jobs there, employers can name the wages and hire pilots. It's a miserable place to start, bush flying in the North or pay to fly in a 1900, so any offer is taken.
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