Aug 21, 2015
Aug. 21, 2015
Program provides direct path for students to become American Airlines pilots
SALT LAKE CITY -
Westminster College announced a new partnership today with Envoy Air
for a University Pilot Pipeline Program. The program will provide a mentoring and hiring path for aviation students who want to become commercial airline pilots with American Airlines.
The Pilot Pipeline Program will help Westminster aviation students transition from college to a first officer position with Envoy, a regional carrier based in Irving, Texas. Once students have acquired appropriate experience with Envoy, they will have a direct path to being hired by the world's largest airline - American Airlines - without having to interview twice.
"We are pleased to partner with Envoy Air to provide a mentoring and hiring pipeline for our aviation students," said John Schaefer, chair of Westminster's Aviation Department. "As the shortage of qualified airline pilots continues to grow, it makes sense that the airline industry looks to partner with college aviation departments to help groom our future pilots."
Under the new pipeline program, Westminster students earning a flight operations or flight management degree are eligible to apply (typically in their sophomore or junior year). While in the program, students will be mentored by Westminster aviation faculty and by Envoy pilots and staff. They will work as certified flight instructors at Westminster to build their flight experience to the level required by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). While in the program, students will receive full medical benefits from Envoy, flight benefits with Envoy, a seniority date with Envoy and a guaranteed job as a first officer with Envoy when they accumulate the required flight hours with Westminster. Once students obtain the appropriate experience at Envoy, they transition over to American Airlines as a first officer without having to interview again.
"The new pipeline program is an excellent opportunity for our Aviation Department and it's a win-win for Westminster, our students and Envoy," said Steve Morgan, Westminster College president. "The aviation industry is booming and it's important that our students are able take advantage of all the opportunities available to them."
"There's never been a better time to be a pilot," added Schaefer. "These pipeline programs are creating amazing opportunities for our students. Participation in this program provides our students an assured route to their dream job. That's a pretty enviable position to be in while still in college."