Flight school pre­par­ing for first stu­dents to land

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS - BY TOM AY­ERS

China last week to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials there, said the prospec­tive stu­dents are cur­rently un­der­go­ing med­i­cal ex­ams and are ap­ply­ing for visas.

In the mean­time, she added, flight school of­fi­cials are se­cur­ing lo­cal res­i­dence ar­range­ments for the stu­dents and are hop­ing to in­vite Chi­nese of­fi­cials to Cape Bre­ton for a sign­ing cer­e­mony to launch the school af­ter the Chi­nese new year, which be­gins Feb. 14.

Chum said the first class will start small, but the school hopes to have about 80 stu­dents by the end of the year.

“We want to do it right, so our flight in­struc­tor, she is plan­ning to do 20 for each quar­ter,” said Chum.

The flight in­sti­tute, ini­tially es­ti­mated to cost $2.3 mil­lion, has been in the works for nearly two years and has been hit with a num­ber of set­backs, in­clud­ing fi­nanc­ing and the loss of a chief flight in­struc­tor who has since been re­placed.

Chum said she is con­fi­dent the school will launch this spring, al­though the ac­tual tim­ing of the launch can’t be pinned down ex­actly, yet.

“We can’t con­trol the gov­ern­ment, so the tim­ing of the (stu­dents’) visas has to be flex­i­ble,” she said.

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