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Gander’s EVAS partners with Jazz Aviation on pathway program for pilots

Pat White of EVAS Air held a follow up meeting with members of Marystown council, as well as business and community leaders from the Burin Peninsula on June 28.
Exploits Valley Air Services president and CEO Patrick White. - Colin Farrell

GANDER, N.L. – The Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP) has expanded into Newfoundland and Labrador through a partnership with Gander-based Exploits Valley Air Services (EVAS).

Jazz and EVAS employees celebrated the deal during an event at Gander International Airport today, July 12.

“This agreement will provide an excellent opportunity for Gander-based pilots to progress their aviation careers and an incentive for those considering a career as a professional airline pilot,” Cal Purves, the director of flight operations for Jazz Aviation, said in a release.

Jazz will refer graduates to EVAS who have progressed through the Jazz APP at one of its affiliated aviation colleges and universities. Those graduates will have the opportunity to transition to first officer positions at EVAS.

As well, the Jazz APP will provide a direct career path opportunity for qualifying EVAS pilots to transition to first officer positions at Jazz. The career pathway could then continue for those EVAS pilots interested in future opportunities to fly for Air Canada through Jazz's Pilot Mobility Program.

"EVAS is pleased to join the Jazz Aviation Pathway Program,” said EVAS president and CEO Patrick White.

“This agreement is a huge step for flight training in Gander. Benefits to our company are substantial, providing EVAS with qualified new entrant pilots along with furthering the careers of our existing pilots.”

Jazz is Air Canada's largest and longest-serving regional partner and operates approximately 700 flights a day.

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