March 27, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
It’s a flight instructor’s dream. American Eagle Airlines recently launched a program that provides an opportunity for instructors at certain flight schools to be hired with the airline while they continue to build hours.
It’s called the Pipeline Instructor Program, and unlike most programs that guarantee only an interview, this opportunity provides a secured position with American Eagle while the instructor is working toward the mandated ATP minimums.
US Aviation Academy, based in Denton, Texas, was the first school to participate in the program. “Our Pipeline Instructor Program is the first coordinated initiative of its kind to address the worldwide pilot shortage and we are excited to be on the front lines with American Eagle,” said Mike Sykes, CEO of US Aviation Academy.
Although the program won’t be open to all instructors currently teaching at all schools, getting a job at one of the partner schools will undoubtedly result in a more direct path to the right seat of a regional jet.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
If only one person had been helped, it all would have been worthwhile. But much more than that has been accomplished over the 25-year life of the National Gay Pilots Association, said its executive director.
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