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New Edmonton Training Centre and Flight Simulator Improving Access and Increasing Aviation Safety

Press Release

Kanata, ON, May 10, 2024 – Canadian North proudly announces a significant stride in advancing pilot training in Canada. A state-of-the-art Boeing 737NG Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) will begin operations in August 2024 at our new training centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

The aviation industry in Canada faces a pressing challenge due to the increased demand for pilots and the simulator training they require. With many training facilities operating at near-maximum capacity, Canadian pilots must sometimes travel to alternate locations, including to the United States, to earn or maintain their proficiency.

Canadian North’s latest initiative addresses this critical gap head-on, adding essential pilot training capacity in-country. Housed in Canadian North’s new 30,000-square-foot training facility in Edmonton, our latest-generation 737NG FFS ensures reliable access for pilots to invaluable training sessions. From mastering flight deck procedures, including emergency checklists, to performing a variety of flying scenarios, this simulator serves as an indispensable tool for pilots to develop and hone their skills.

“Our investment in the latest Boeing 737NG Flight Simulator in Edmonton, underscores Canadian North’s unwavering commitment to pilot proficiency and safety,” said Shelly De Caria, Canadian North President & CEO. “With this cutting-edge facility, we empower our pilots with the tools they need to continue to safely deliver for our customers.”

“Everything in the aviation industry is done with safety and security top of mind, and increased pilot training is a key element to the success of the industry,” said Myron Keehn, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport (YEG). “This flight simulator and training centre is a huge milestone for not only the Edmonton Region, but also the industry as a whole, and we’re pleased to be part of this journey with Canadian North.”

With the addition of the new simulator, Canadian North will have the capacity to meet all its Boeing 737NG training requirements as the Company continues to upgrade and modernize its fleet. The facility will also have additional capacity to service other 737NG operators and airlines.

To reserve simulator training times, interested parties can make requests through Canadian North’s official website or by reaching out via email at

This training facility was made possible thanks to Canadian North valued partners: CAE, Executive Flight Centre and the Edmonton International Airport.

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