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Discovery Aviation Academy announces new partnership with Cambrian College

Canada NewsWire

SUDBURY, ON, Dec. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA), a division of Hicks & Lawrence Limited, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cambrian College.

Discovery Aviation Academy has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Cambrian College. The collaboration's main objectives are to offer students enrolled in Cambrian College's Business Fundamentals Certificate program an opportunity to obtain commercial flight training; to enhance the employability of students interested in pursuing a career in aviation; and, to fill an ongoing pilot shortage in the aviation industry. The Business Fundamentals program is set up in such a way that it will give students valuable post-secondary education, with a flexible course schedule allowing them to take flight training full-time. Discovery Aviation Academy will endeavour to offer internship and employment opportunities to select, high achieving students.

"DAA will leverage Discovery Air's extensive network to give students a unique exposure to commercial aviation that no other school can offer. It is our goal to use this advantage and work with Cambrian College to offer a flight training program in which students will travel from all across Canada to attend," commented Jason Fogg, Program Manager of Discovery Aviation Academy.

"This relationship helps us achieve our goal of establishing a pipeline of qualified personnel into the organization," stated Mark Hill, President of Hicks & Lawrence Limited. "Our company devotes a lot of time and resources into recruiting new employees, and this is one way to ensure a known-quantity of educated individuals trained to our standards and requirements.

The program is set to start Fall 2012. Interested students can apply to Cambrian College's Business Fundamentals program via and for flight training by contacting Discovery Aviation Academy directly.

Discovery Aviation Academy (DAA) is a registered Private Career College (PCC) ushering in a new era of aviation training in Canada. Whereas a significant gap exists between schools and operators, DAA is one of the first training centres to be part of a large Canadian air operator - Discovery Air. Located at the Greater Sudbury Airport (CYSB), DAA offers a variety of ground and flight training to meet the needs of any aspiring aviator. More information is available about Discovery Aviation Academy and their training opportunities on their website at

Discovery Air Inc. is a Canadian specialty aviation company, operating over 140 aircraft with our 850 team members. We deliver airborne training to the Canadian military; airborne fire services; VFR helicopter operations; fixed-wing air charter services; expediting and logistics support; and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.

Discovery Air's shares and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbols DA.A and DA.DB respectively).