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Old 13th Jun 2018, 08:29
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Flight School - Canada vs. US

Greetings everyone!

After graduating from university and spending some time in the corporate world, Iíve decided to consider pursuing my childhood dream to become a pilot. The office view seems a lot nicer at 35,000 feet!

After spending the past couple months researching everything I possibly could about flight school and the process of becoming a pilot, Iím at a loss as to whether I should do my flight training in Canada or the US. I am from a small city in Canada and plan to start my flight training next year. While I will do my private pilotís license in the hometown to save money, I will have to move away for my commercial and ATP licenses.

My main priorities in choosing a flight school include:
-Quality of instruction
-Time: As I already have a degree and will be 24 next year, I would like to get flying as quickly as possible
-Connections with regional carriers.

The latter is most important to me. The way I see it, thereís no sense in spending an enormous sum of money on flight school if itís not going to help me get employed. Iíd much rather spend more up front if it will lead to a better chance of getting hired.

Now, on to my dilemma of Canada vs the US. After researching flight schools, hereís a summary of what Iíve found:

Reasons to stay in Canada: Flight schools are slightly less expensive, no need to secure student and work visas, a few schools have connections with the regional airlines (Jazz, Air Georgian, PorterÖ.)

Reasons to choose the US: Better weather = I could complete my training and build the necessary minimum hours faster, more schools with connections to the regionals, and a seemingly higher demand for pilots (although I could be wrong on that one). A few schools had even mentioned that some of the regionals offer tuition reimbursement. This would be huge for me as the cost of flight school was the main reason I didnít originally pursue a career in aviation and is still the biggest roadblock for me.

At the moment, Iím leaning strongly towards doing my training in the US, however, my main concern is employment eligibility after graduation. As a foreign citizen, is it even possible for me to obtain work authorization in the US? If not, then the obvious choice for me would be to stay in Canada.

If youíve made it this far, thank you very much for your patience! Iím completely new to all this so my apologies if some of my questions seem silly. Thank you in advance for your help. It is very much appreciated!

-Wes
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Old 15th Jun 2018, 09:58
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At the moment, I’m leaning strongly towards doing my training in the US, however, my main concern is employment eligibility after graduation. As a foreign citizen, is it even possible for me to obtain work authorization in the US? If not, then the obvious choice for me would be to stay in Canada.
WH87,

It's kind of a tough call. If connections to employability are a major factor, you need to be able to get legal ability to live/work in the USA. As a Canadian, it seems to me the jury is still out on how you'd do getting a work visa here. There have been allegations that a couple of regionals will entertain a visa for Canadians (Air Wisconsin ? Republic ?) but it's not the "comparative" slam-dunk like the visa for Aussies.

You've likely seen this ? It's hard to say what's actually happening and if you could count on it by the time you became regional bait:

Some U.S. regional airlines are now sponsoring Canadians for the H1B Vis - AVCANADA

If you train in Canada and felt an FAA ticket would be to your advantage, this process makes it cheap and easy:

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/...AC_61-135A.pdf

Either way, best of luck.
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