Our pilots are responsible for putting safety first, and must make decisions, at each step of a given trip, aimed at reconciling the imperatives of safety, passenger comfort and cost. In this regard, they calculate, for example, the quantity of fuel required or the aircraft’s optimal trajectory for each phase of a flight.
To be eligible for a position as a Propair pilot, candidates must have:
- Canadian commercial pilot license, multi-engine rating, and instrument rating
- Valid Category 1 medical certificate
- Permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship
Because the demand vastly exceeds the number of available positions, priority will be given to candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Experience in the air transport industry (VFR or IFR);
- Fluent speaking ability in both French and English.
Aircraft commander positions are generally awarded to co-pilots in the employ of Propair. The position of aircraft commander requires a minimum of 2,500 flight hours, while that of co-pilot requires a minimum of 1,000 flight hours. Newly hired pilots are generally posted at our Rouyn-Noranda base airport, after which they can apply for positions in Montréal.
The main destinations for the majority of our flights are the James Bay, Hudson Bay and Ungava Bay regions. Candidates are advised to take careful note of the special requirements associated with such positions, particularly the fact that pilots are required to conduct aeromedical evacuations at any time of the day or night.
Salaries of Propair pilots are established on an annual basis, and depend on the collective agreement in force at the time. Salaries vary according to a pilot’s functions (commanding officer or co-pilot), the type of aircraft flown and seniority.
Propair pilots enjoy ten days of leave each month, including at least one period of two consecutive days and another of three consecutive days. The twenty workdays during a month are spent flying planned or last-minute charter flights. On their regular workdays, they must thus be available at all times. Pilots are also entitled to statutory holidays and annual vacation leave, the latter’s duration being based on seniority.