October 1, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced Sept. 30 a partnership with SkyWest Airlines that will help aviation students at its Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., campuses to earn a right seat at the regional airline.
Students who are certificated flight instructors can apply for the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program, through which they may receive a conditional offer of employment. Participants would remain at campus, maintain a minimum grade point average, complete ERAU’s advanced jet training courses, and also obtain commercial pilot, instrument, and multiengine ratings as well as the certificated flight instructor-instruments.
Along the way, they will receive mentoring from SkyWest pilots and may have the opportunity to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs. Participants remain enrolled in the program as long as it takes for them to meet SkyWest’s airline transport pilot standards.
Embry-Riddle has similar programs in place with American Eagle Airlines, Cape Air, and ExpressJet.
Pilot Training and Certification
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.
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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