Air Georgian’s SOAR program focuses on aviation career awareness, recruitment and retention, by partnering with flight schools, colleges and universities to create defined career pathways for candidates.
We recently spoke with Air Georgian CRJ First Officer Blair White, who was part of the first class of SOAR candidates, to learn more about his experience with the program. White entered SOAR through Montair Aviation, one of our many SOAR partners.
Why did you pursue a career as a pilot?
I’m not too sure, really. Both my parents are in real-estate, so I thought about that for a while, but ultimately something about flying caught my attention and I am very happy I decided on this path. I have enjoyed all the time I spent instructing at Montair and have met so many different people from all around the world.
What was your experience with SOAR like?
My experience with SOAR was positive. I was a part of the first class of candidates, along with many of my Montair coworkers. At first, I was just going to see how airline interviews and sim evaluations were done, but then Air Georgian surprised me with how well they put on the program. I enjoyed the [SOAR recruitment] day and met so many people from the company. For the [President and] CEO [of Air Georgian] Eric Edmondson to take time out of his day to meet candidates really impressed me.
[SOAR] helped my career path tremendously. To go from a high-performance instructor, to flying my first jet for Air Georgian has been a memory I won’t forget. [SOAR Coordinator] Jeslene and her associates were so helpful to me and the process was smooth. The [CRJ training course] is a high intensity training program that took just over 6 weeks to complete the classes and simulator. During this time, I got to meet many new people and travel and train in Phoenix.
In this industry we work hard to get to where we are, and you must enjoy the large amount of time you spent learning and studying to get here as well.
What is it like working at Air Georgian?
Working at Air Georgian has been great so far. Management has been good in communicating and supporting me since my hire. Just like anywhere, the best part in my opinion is my coworkers. All the crew members I have had so far are great people. I enjoy going to work every day and not having to sit behind a desk or in a cubicle. Each pairing is a new experience for me and with so many US destinations, I really get the opportunity to explore.
My ground school and line indoc training was well organized, and my training captains were great. I have enjoyed being on the line now, working with many different captains and flight attendants. The people really make a company great.
Do you have any advice for aspiring pilots?
My advice for aspiring pilots is to never stop learning, enjoy the experience and don’t forget where you started.
No matter what your aviation background is, support one another. Air Georgian has created this great opportunity to fast track your career to the airlines with SOAR, as well as their Pilot Mobility Agreement with Air Canada. So many different companies are hiring for pilots right now, and I believe Air Georgian is the place people should look into if you want to start your career off right. From B1900, to CRJ, you can learn a lot. Upgrades are fair, pay is competitive, and you have the opportunity to meet many new people, while being able to fly to many different locations and gain flight time and experience quickly.
SOAR is also a great opportunity to gain interview and evaluation experience. I believe that if you are looking to start your career, you should look into and give Air Georgian’s SOAR program a chance, as so many things about this company show they care about your career development.
Looking to learn more about SOAR?
If you’re interested in learning more about our SOAR program, please visit us here. If you’re already affiliated with one of our partners, you can complete your SOAR application here. To apply for a pilot job with Air Georgian visit our pilot careers page.