Flight school in Nunavik trains Inuit to fly in the North

So far, Air Inuit has 17 Inuit pilots out of 131 pilots and has only lost one to a larger carrier

By Sara Frizzell, CBC News Posted: Jan 17, 2018 4:00 AM CT Last Updated: Jan 17, 2018 4:00 AM CT

PHOTO: From left to right Charlie Saviakjuk, a student from Salluit, Que., Emma Cain from Kuujjuaq, Que., Bastien Rossato, flight instructor from Cargair flight school in Longueil, Que., Joe Willie Saunders from Kuujjuaq and Jesse James Saviadjuk from Salluit. (Submitted by Cynthia Cartolano)

As regional airlines start to feel the shortage of pilots, one northern airline is banking on its own flight school as a solution to the problem.

Air Inuit started its flight school in Kuujjuaq in 2012. Since then it's welcomed 26 students, four of whom now fly for the airline.

The airline is based in Montreal and services communities across Nunavik. It was started 40 years ago this August and is owned by the Makivik Corporation, the region's Inuit organization.

Choosing to put the school in Kuujjuaq served multiple goals according to Air Inuit's president Pita Aatami. It was designed to contribute to Inuit employment and to attract pilots who would want a career flying in the North.

Read more at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/flight-school-kuujjuaq-air-inuit-1.4489606