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Airline Agreements

University of Dubuque and SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program

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The University of Dubuque is pleased to announce a Pilot Cadet Program with SkyWest Airlines. The program allows students to build a close relationship with SkyWest pilots and gives them a clear path to become a SkyWest first officer after becoming flight instructors at University of‌ Dubuque.

To qualify for the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program, University of Dubuque flight instructors must:

      • Have completed commercial with instrument and multi-engine ratings with UD under Part 141.
      • Have completed CFI-A program at UD to be eligible to instruct at UD.
      • Have no criminal offenses that would preclude Canadian clearance.
      • Have had no more than two moving violations on their driving record within the past three years.
      • Have earned, or maintain, a 3.0 GPA or higher.
      • Hold a first class medical certificate at time of hire at SkyWest Airlines.
      • Hold an FCC radiotelephone operator's permit.
      • Have no more than three failed check rides.
      • Have self-disclosed all incidents.
      • Have no "at fault" aircraft accidents.
      • Have no record of enforcement action on FAA record.
      • To build time to 1,000 hours and the restricted ATP, the pilot must flight instruct at UD or a SkyWest-approved academy.
      • The pilot must complete the UD Jet Transition Program, which includes the following academic courses:  AVI 322, Advanced Systems/CRJ and AVI 447, CRM.

Participants in the program receive the following benefits:

      • Guaranteed pilot interview for a first officer position with SkyWest Airlines when minimum qualifications are met. Specific areas of focus will be CRM, leadership, attitude, professionalism, organizational fit, use of automation and phraseology.
      • Retained SkyWest date-of-hire while in the program
      • Mentoring and close association with SkyWest pilots.
      • Potential opportunities to assist with special SkyWest projects such as job fairs and recruitment events.
      • Upon completion of the final interview, successful candidates will have the opportunity to become a first officer at SkyWest Airlines.

Important: The information on this page is based on our current agreement with SkyWest Airlines and may change. For the most current details, talk to the UD Director of Aviation Programs.  

 

University of Dubuque and Envoy Air Pilot Program

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The University of Dubuque and Envoy Air Inc. have partnered to offer specific recruitment, screening, selection, training and placement strategies that will ensure a steady supply of airline qualified pilots.  As part of this program, Envoy guarantees an interview to any UD flight training graduate or CFI who meets the qualifications below.

Pipeline Student Requirements

      • Be at least a Sophomore in academic standing
      • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and minimum 3.0 in flight/aviation coursework
      • Completed or be enrolled in UD’s Bachelor program and hold at least an instrument rating
      • Sign a FERPA release form authorizing Envoy full review of student records
      • Full review and monitoring of student attendance, traffic violations, FAA actions, flight training records and criminal records
      • Obtain Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-Engine licenses and ratings at UD
      • Complete CFI and preferably CFII and MEI at UD
      • Be a US citizen or possess the legal right to work in the US
      • Successfully complete the below testing and panel interview process
        • HR interview (upon registration)
        • Technical interview (upon completion of CFI)
        • Simulator interview (upon completion of CFI)

 

University of Dubuque and ExpressJet Pilot Pathway Program

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The University of Dubuque and ExpressJet have an agreement in place designed to provide future employment opportunities with ExpressJet Airlines for pilots who complete their flight training with the university and meet the qualifications outlines below. 

Pilot Pathway Agreement Requirements

      • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA with a minimum 3.0 in flight/aviation coursework
      • Obtain Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-Engine licenses and ratings at UD
      • Complete CFI, instructor standardization course, and preferably flight instruct at UD
      • Hold a 1st Class Medical Certificate at the start of training and at the time of the final interview with the airlines
      • Maintain an excellent work ethic and obtain letters of recommendation from UD Senior Flight Staff
      • Sign a release form authorizing ExpressJet full review of student and CFI records
      • Pass any background check required by FAA, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Airline, or any other government department or agency.

 

ExpressJet agrees to guarantee an interview for conditional employment to any UD flight training graduate who meets the above qualifications if and when the airline is hiring pilots.

 

University of Dubuque, Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Endeavor Air, Inc. Agreement

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Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Endeavor Air, Inc. share a common goal of attracting, hiring and retaining the best pilots who meet only the highest standards of safety, performance, professionalism and customer service.

Pilots hired at Endeavor under the EtD Commitment will, upon becoming and remaining eligible under the provisions of the Endeavor-to-Delta Pilot Hiring and Commitment Program document, be hired as Delta pilots. As an EtD Commitment pilot, you will not be required to re-interview with Delta as your selection and screening by Endeavor and demonstrated performance thereafter will serve as your ‘ticket’ to Delta.

Requirements:

      • Authorized to work in the United States and at least age 21
      • Valid passport
      • FCC License
      • Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
      • Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine and instrument rating, and English Proficiency Endorsement
      • ATP Minimums or eligible for Restricted ATP minimums per FAR 61.159 & 61.160

 

      • Total Flight Time:
          • 1,500 hours [or]
      • Graduate of Restricted ATP authorized institution with:
          • 1,250 hours, associate's degree with aviation major [or]
          • 1,000 hours, bachelor's degree with an aviation major [or]
          • 750 flight hours if military-trained and qualified