Stephanie Robinson, B1900D Captain for Air Georgian shares her pilot career journey.
Just recently, Air Georgian Captain, Stephanie Robinson, who we interviewed in a previous blog, spoke on the fixed wing pilot panel at the Toronto, Wings’ Careers in Aviation Expo. The panel consisted of dynamic professionals that provided a unique perspective on their piloting careers. Stephanie spoke about her experiences in life that led her to become a pilot, and also placed emphasis on her career with Air Georgian. She talked about how her personal experience at Air Georgian has catapulted her career. Attendees at the Expo were attentive and receptive to her insight.
Stephanie just recently became a Captain on the B1900D. Once obtaining her Air Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) she didn’t only get a chance at her first career upgrade she also qualified for the Pilot Mobility Agreement with Air Canada giving her the chance to interview for a job.
Career growth for pilots happens quickly at Air Georgian and Stephanie is a good example of all the great opportunities. Here are the steps that Stephanie took to become a Captain with the goal of flying for Air Canada one day.
- She was hired in May 2013, at the age of 22 to be a First Officer under the Air Georgian Mentor Program, which allowed her to gain knowledge from more experienced Captains and access to a pathway towards an Air Transport Pilots Licence.
- As part of the Pilot In Command Under Supervision Program, which is a great option for young and low time pilots to gain their ATPL, Stephanie was able to log flight time on the B1900D towards her own personal pilot in command time.
- As a First Officer, once she accumulated almost all the time needed to upgrade, she bid online for a B1900D Captain position. Pilots can choose a position based in either Toronto or Calgary and when something becomes available they are contacted and offered a start date for training.
- There are both direct entry Captain positions and upgrade Captain positions available on the B1900D at Air Georgian. Since Stephanie started off as a First Officer, once she had enough total flight time and an ATPL, she was qualified for an upgrade position. Captain qualifications required are currently around 2300-2500 total flight time, 500 hours minimal on the B1900D and an ATPL.
- All throughout her time at Air Georgian Stephanie has studied and taken many steps to be current on all Air Georgian materials as well as Transport Canada regulations.
- Stephanie was given a start date of February 2016. Once training started she completed three technical B1900D ground school days and three introduction to command ground school days.
- She then completed three simulator training sessions and then the fourth was a Transport Canada Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) (aircraft type rating).
- Once she passed the PPC, she was then placed on the flight line for more training. This is called Line Indoc (indoctrination), where pilots are matched with Line Indoc Captains to assess their progression on the flight line. This is normally around 40-60 hours of training. Throughout this process pilots are trying to be signed off by 2 Line Indoc Captains. They will only sign off on candidates once they are confident of their competency to be released onto the flight line as a Captain on their own. By the end of March 2016 Stephanie was signed off and released on the flight line as a new B1900D Captain.
Stephanie is now a Captain and you can be too, in no time, once you join the Air Georgian family. Also, with Air Georgian being an Air Canada Express Partner and a preferred source for pilots, your hard work and dedication can mean an interview with Air Canada. Stephanie, being on the Air Canada Pilot Mobility List is already on her way there.