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Even in a tight labour market, unlocking the door for the chosen career is going to be tough. Education will always be the key. Recruiters are more likely to put candidates with a college degree or university closer to the top of the list, especially if the post-secondary program includes studies in fields linked with aviation. Indeed, it is estimated that up to 95 per cent of pilots hired by commercial operators also have a college degree.
Aviation relies on a vast and complex network to dispatch airplanes, turn aircraft around at a local airport, guide flights across the sky and safely back to the ground, finance equipment and maintain the regulatory framework that keeps aviation and aerospace turning over.
Aerospace is a research-driven industry, and Canada needs a steady supply of sharp and disciplined minds to maintain its innovative edge and push forward in aircraft design and productions, composites, integration, artificial intelligence and advanced propulsion systems. This is where universities come in.
Canada’s vibrant aerospace and MRO industries provide great options
Alkan Air flight training is partnered with Yukon College to offer a two-year Aviation Management Diploma program.
An industry-wide demand for new pilots continues unabated, with shortages impacting even flight schools that are on the lookout for instructors. There are an estimated 36,000 registered aircraft in Canada (both fixed-wing and rotary), that are calling for crews.
Aviation and aerospace are complex, high-tech industries rooted in education and the pursuit of excellence. Canada’s flight schools, training colleges and universities are the essential pivot between raw talent and enthusiasm, and tomorrow’s pilots, technicians and air transport and aerospace leaders.

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