Will I be able to get a job flying when I complete my Commercial Pilot Licence?
It wasn't very long ago that the Chief Pilot for Jazz, Rick Zimmerman, was visiting Langley Flying School and had the chance to be introduced to our then Commercial Pilot students who had gathered for a tutorial. He was asked what he thought of the prospects for young Commercial Pilots starting off now in the aviation industry. "Through out my entire career—and I mean my entire career—I have never seen as good a time as right now to start a career in flying."
As of Febuary, 2014, all of Langley Flying School's domestic Commercial Pilot Graduates looking for work have secured employment with a Canadian air carrier--two are working on the ramp but anticipates moving to a pilot position within the year. See our Graduates List and Staff Alumni.
Perhaps our best document on the employment in the aviation industry is the work published by the Human Resource Development of Canada on Canadian Commercial Pilots, which forms the base of material that makes up Langley Flying School's publication entitled Flying as a Career—all respective professional pilots should be familiar with the content of this and HRDC 's source study, which can be down loaded in PDF format (9.98 MB) from our website (HRDC—Canadian Commercial Pilots).
Graduates should go to the market place with their Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Ratings, and with their IATRA examinations for an Individual Aircraft Type Rating successfully completed. This combination will may them employable as First Officers on any aircraft (non-IATRA Commercial Pilots are restricted to flying non-high performance, single-pilot aircraft). Preparation for the IATRA written exam is done by participating in a week-end speciality training seminar, and the leading company that does this in Canada is Aerocourse.