Blyth Academy Burlington partners with Spectrum Airways; offers pilot training to high school students

In an exciting new partnership unique to the Halton area, Blyth Academy Burlington is working with Spectrum Airways to provide high school students with the ability to earn their pilot’s licence and diploma at the same time!

“The new partnership between Blyth Academy Burlington and Spectrum Airways is a one of a kind program that allows students to gain their OSSD while simultaneously earning flight training hours and instruction towards their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL),” says Ian Hughes, Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington. “The program will give our students the opportunity to obtain their licences while still in high school, giving them a head start on the requirements necessary for a career as a pilot.”

Starting this September, Blyth Academy Burlington students in Grades 11 and 12 can combine their full-time studies with flight training at Spectrum Airways, earning a high school education at the same time as a Commercial Pilot Licence.

By the end of Grade 11 (year one), students will have had the opportunity to earn their Private Pilot Licence (PPL) along with eight Ontario high school credits. In Grade 12 (year two), they will work toward the completion of their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and OSSD.

“This early start, combined with the additional training time that we have built into the program will give our students a very solid foundation for their careers,” says Brian Huston, Flight Instructor for Spectrum Airways. “We are unaware of any other program that will ensure an opportunity for a rapid head start for aspiring pilots while they also complete their high school education.”

This program will also provide graduates with continued advantages after completion: local options after graduation include instructor positions at Spectrum Airways. These initial pilot jobs allow newly licenced commercial pilots to earn the additional flight hours and experience necessary to become eligible for a career flying on regional airlines such as WestJet and Porter.

With Blyth Academy and Spectrum Airways, the sky’s the limit!

If you’re interested in taking flight this fall, contact Blyth Academy Burlington to attend an Info session.

Blyth Academy is a private high school in Ontario with ten campuses. Each school is designed to be a community of 100-200 students and has truly small class sizes. Blyth Academy offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as night school, private courses, summer school, and online classes.

Spectrum Airways, based out of Burlington Executive Airport, has been in the business of pilot certification for more than 40 years, and provides flight training programs including the Private Pilot License and Commercial Pilot License, along with several specialized training programs like Night Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, Instrument Rating/Multi-Instrument Rating and Instructor Rating.

Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy is remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities will continue through virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.

Our plans include continuing term three virtually, along with all of the usual processes for student report cards and information sharing with post-secondary institutions delivered on schedule. Planning for term four is underway with Principals and guidance staff working on finalizing courses and students’ schedules.

Blyth Academy is committed to providing students with personalized instruction and support, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills, and nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership. We are also committed to providing ongoing communication between the school and families.

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