University of Dubuque and Cape Air Preferred Hiring Gateway Agreement
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The Preferred Hiring Gateway is designed to provide opportunities for graduates of the University of Dubuque flight program to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  • Enrolled in an AABI-accredited aviation program
  • Submit a completed application
  • Submit two faculty recommendations
  • Successfully pass interview process

Once Admitted into the Program:

  • Guaranteed position with Cape Air upon completion of all steps
  • Completion of all required flight qualifications and certificates
  • Graduate from an AABI-accredited program
  • Successful completion of time as a flight instructor (1 year or 800 hours total time)

Complete one year of service with Cape Air as a Captian and you will be qualified for the Advanced Gateway Program with JetBlue.

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

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.


  • 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

University of Dubuque and Envoy Air Pilot Cadet Program

The University of Dubuque and Envoy Air Inc. have partnered to offer a mutually beneficial pilot recruitment, retention, and employment program. Students who meet the Hiring Profile shall be eligible for employment by Envoy as Cadet Instructors at the University of Dubuque. Upon reaching the Cadet Instructor level and signing a one-year agreement with Envoy, the Cadet will be eligible for tuition reimbursement contigent upon flight time thresholds. Payments are made proportionally per each 100 hour increment beginning at 500 hours. Total reimbursements shall not exceed $5,000. Students who are hired by Envoy as Cadet Instructors may also be eligible to receive a conditional offer of employment as a First Officer upon completion of pilot hour minimums.

Cadet Hiring Profile

  • Hold a Private Pilot Certification obtained at the University of Dubuque
  • No minimum GPA requirements to enter the program
  • 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 Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings)
    • Simulator interview (upon completion of Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings)

University of Dubuque and GoJet Airlines Wingman Pipeline Program

The University of Dubuque and GoJet Airlines have established a partnership in the way of a Pilot Pipeline Program. The program is designed to provide a pathway to a 121 professional pilot career. This program gives the pilot a Wingman intern position at GoJet Airlines while the student is building flight time towards the ATP minimum requirements. Participation in this program also provides a path to a Captain position in the timeframe which is currently one of the shortest in the regional airline industry. The Pipeline Program will enrich the educational experience and career opportunities of any participating future aviation professional.

Pilot Eligibility

  • Hold an FAA Private Pilot License with Instrument Rating
  • Successfully complete an initial interview with a GoJet pilot recruiter
  • Pass a background check
  • Be legally able to work in the United States
  • Remain in good standing with the University of Dubuque
  • Pilot must obtain a First Class Medical both at the time of the initial interview and at the final interview
  • Complete a Wingman application at
  • Agree to obtain a CFI license and work as a flight instructor at UD to build required flight hours
  • Demonstrate continued professional conduct at all times

University of Dubuque and Mesa Airlines Pilot Pipeline Program

The Mesa Airlines Pilot Pipeline Program is designed to provide opportunities for UD aviation students and graduates by offering a pathway for employment at Mesa. Mesa agrees to guarantee conditional employment to UD students provided they meet the qualifications below.

Required Qualifications

  • Be enrolled in or be a graduate of the UD aviation program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or be a current employee of UD
  • Hold an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Multiengine Land and Instrument Airplane ratings
  • Hold a First Class Medical Certificate from the time of program selection with Mesa
  • Maintain an excellent work ethic and obtain a letter of recommendation from the UD Aviation Department
  • Sign release forms authorizing Mesa to review the pilot's academic, flight training, and other University and FAA records
  • Be competitive with and meet the same standards of employment and interview requirements of other candidates applying for pilot positions with Mesa
  • Pass background checks and meet hiring policies required by the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Mesa and any other governmental departments, administrations, or agencies

University of Dubuque and Piedmont Pilot Cadet Program

The Piedmont Pilot Cadet Program guarantees the student an interview for any open CFI postion at the University of Dubuque. Students who satisfy the requirements outlined below may also receive a conditional offer of employment as a First Officer which will become effective once the hour requirement, drug testing, medical examination and background check have been satisfied.

Cadet Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Be eligible to provide services as a CFI
  • Have completed or be enrolled in the University of Dubuque flight operations program
  • Complete Piedmont's pilot applicaton process
  • Be a United States citizen or possess the legal right to work in the United States
  • Pass any background checks required by FAA, DHS, DOT or an other applicable agency
  • Have completed at least three advanced ratings

University of Dubuque and PSA Airlines Cadet Pilot Program

The PSA Pilot Cadet Program is a tuition reimbursement program designed to put up to $11,000 in your pocket as you obtain the hours towards the Restricted ATP minimums. This is an industry-leading program that solidifies a career pathway for you with just one interview! Every pilot that joins PSA Airlines has a guaranteed interview with the University of Dubuque when CFI hiring is open. They also have a guaranteed job with American Airlines, the world's largest airline.

Am I eligible to be a PSA Cadet Pilot?

  • Must be a student and/or CFI at the University of Dubuque
  • Must obtain/have obtained your Instrument, Single Commercial, Multi Commercial and CFI from the University of Dubuque
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Instruct at University of Dubuque, or another partner school, to reach Restricted ATP minimums
  • Complete the PSA Cadet Pilot Application at

University of Dubuque and Republic Airline Career Pipeline Interview Program

The University of Dubuque and Republic Airlines have an agreement in place to grant preferential interviews to any University of Dubuque graduate who meets the following qualifications:

  • Instrument Airplane rated, preferably at the University of Dubuque
  • Obtain Commercial Certificate with Airplane Multiengine Land, CFI, CFII and preferably MEI, if possible at the University of Dubuque
  • Complete the instructor standardization course at the University of Dubuque by the time of hire
  • Hold a First Class Medical at the start of training as well as the time of the final interview with Republic Airline
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Obtain letter(s) of recommendation from University of Dubuque

University of Dubuque and SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program

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 the 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:

  • A guaranteed final 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.
  • An employee number at SkyWest Airlines and credit for time as a cadet for the purposes of benefit eligibility and company seniortiy.
  • Mentoring and close association with SkyWest pilots.
  • Potential opportunities to assist with special SkyWest projects such as job fairs and recruitment events.
  • Leisure travel privileges at the time the cadet has met minimum qualifications to become a first officer and within 30 days of starting SkyWest ground school.

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.