SkyCare partners with Air Georgian SOAR program
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
On February 12 Air Georgian announced the addition of SkyCare to the SOAR partnership.
“With a focus on remote northern operations and 24-hour delivery of essential services, we believe SkyCare develops some of the best pilots in Canada. We are excited to partner with Air Georgian on this program and provide our pilots a pathway to the outstanding career opportunities offered by the Air Canada family,” said SkyCare president and chief pilot Frank Behrendt.
Sharing Opportunities for Advancement and Reward (SOAR) is an awareness, recruitment, and fulfillment program. SOAR will recognize the pilot development that SkyCare provides, and the experience pilots gain while flying for SkyCare. The recruitment tool will provide pilots a path to help them meet goals of being with a major airline.
“If we can provide them a formal path into the Air Canada family, that’s a big draw to being with SkyCare and helps them settle into their role here until they meet the qualifications for advancements,” said SkyCare CFO Collin Hochstedler.
The SkyCare headquarters are in Sioux Lookout, but it now has bases in St. Andrews, Manitoba and Kitchener, Ontario, and will be opening a new base in Thunder Bay shortly. Hochstedler said the company hopes this partnership will help prioritize SkyCare for flight school pilots looking for an entry.
“We are hopeful that this partnership will help provide a steady stream of pilots ready to work through SkyCare’s development system and assist with their career advancement once they’re ready to move to the next stage…This partnership gives us a highly visible tool to put SkyCare at the top of the list for pilots graduating from flight school and looking for a great pathway to an airline career,” concluded Hochstedler.