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New training centre in Cape Breton to train Chinese pilots

July 21, 2008, Sydney, N.S.- Nova Scotia has a new training centre that is expected to help meet the need for more pilots in China.


July 21, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

July 21, 2008, Sydney, N.S.- Nova Scotia has a new training centre that is
expected to help meet the need for more pilots in China.

The Cape Breton Flight Institute in Sydney will operate from the
Sydney Airport, creating 70 new jobs over the next five years.

The professional training centre is in negotiations with major
Chinese airlines and the flight school expects to begin training its
first class of cadets in September.

Over the next five years, the provincial government will invest
$750,000 through payroll rebates from Nova Scotia Business Inc., the
province's commercial lending agency.

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The rebate is earned as the employer reaches yearly performance
targets.

The company will also receive a $710,000 NSBI loan for startup
costs, and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is also providing a
$750,000 loan.

“The demand for pilots in China and other emerging markets has
never been stronger,'' said Bill Gardiner, the institute's president
and CEO.

Pilot cadets from China will live on campus at Cape Breton
University, where they will also receive their ground school
instruction.