Flight school preparing for first students to land
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.