This essential first stage focusses on the most important basic skills required to earn your PPL. Standards of training and expectations will be kept high. The course will be conducted in accordance with EASA Part-FCL by EASA Licensed instructors. Progress will be assessed throughout the course.
The Head of Training and the EASA Flight Examiner conducting the final Skill Test, will submit a Training Report and recommendations to SkyWest Airlines after completion.
Trainees receiving a positive recommendation will be interviewed by the Airline, and if successful, will be offered the opportunity to remain on the program. If unsuccessful, other options will be made available including other the Career Pilot Programs, however, there will be no obligation to remain in training.
PPL, Assessment & Interview
INCLUDES: - 5 weeks accomodation - 1 Skill Test
- 43 hours flight training - 1 Radio Telephony
- 2 hours aircraft for test - Flight Equipment
- 9 written exams - Immigration Fees
5 weeks duration
9 weeks duration
FAA PPL/EASA ATPL Ground / Hours Building VFR
INCLUDES: - 9 weeks accomodation - 1 FAA Skill Test
- 2 hours flight training - 35 hours time building
- 1.5 hours aircraft for test - ATPL Module 1
- 1 FAA written exam - ATPL Exams
The simple conversion to FAA PPL is required to allow for VFR hours building to gain sufficient experience to start Stage 3. The flying will be evenly spaced throughout the period to ensure continuity and development.
At the same time, trainees will need to get their head down in the books to study for the first 4 EASA ATPL ground subjects. Trainees will have to maintain adequate focus and study for approximately 25 hours per week and attend ground lectures which are an important element. After sitting the exams, stage 3 will commence.
The Instrument Rating will be completed as an approved Part 141 integrated course of flight and ground training. A high standard will be required with two key goals in mind; to become ready to utilize the qualification for the extremely important IFR time building on the next stage and to be proficient and ready to complete the EASA IR flight test without conversion training.
The stage will culminate in a second interview with an airline representative to review the progress being made and give trainees the opportunity to discuss any and all aspects of their training.
8 weeks duration
INCLUDES: - 8 weeks accomodation - 1 FAA Skill Test
- 40 hours flight training
- 2 hours aircraft for test
- 1 FAA written exam
9 weeks duration
EASA ATPL Ground / EASA MEP
This stage is largely academic with a further 5 subjects to study for the EASA ATPL examinations. In order to maintain airborne currency, the EASA MEP will be completed which is an essential pre entry requirement for the EASA CPL course later on.
INCLUDES: - 9 weeks accomodation - 1 EASA Skill Test
- 6 hours flight training - ATPL Ground
- 1 hours aircraft for test - ATPL Exams
- 1 written exam
10 weeks duration
FAA CPL/SE & ME
This stage is the core element of the College ‘Pro-Course’ and becomes a pre-requisite to qualify for internship later on. Conducted under FAA Part 141, the course consists of academic ground training, single and multi-engine flying and 55 hours of time building, the majority of which, will be flown under IFR to gain essential real time experience.
INCLUDES: - 2 FAA written exams - 2 FAA Skill Tests
- 48.5 hours flight training SE & ME - CPL Groundschool
- 3 hours aircraft for test - 55 hours Time Building
- 16.5 hours Simulator Training
9 weeks duration
EASA ATPL Ground
INCLUDES: - ATPL Ground
- ATPL Exams
This becomes the final period of study for the remaining 5 examinations and when completed, trainees will move straight onto the EASA CPL.
1 week duration
The EASA approved course for the CPL is now reduced to ‘training as required’ on the basis of holding the FAA CPL/IR. The Skill test is available in-house and will be conducted by an EASA Flight Examiner, who will, in conjunction with the Head of Training, prepare a final training report for submission to the Airline.
12 weeks duration
EASA FI + FAA CFI/CFII/MEI
INCLUDES: - 4 Flight Test Fees - 3 written exams
- 55 hours flight training (SE & ME) - 6 hours aircraft for tests
- FAA Groundschool - 125 hours EASA Groundschool
The course(s) will be integrated and conducted by senior EASA & FAA instructors qualified to teach flight instructor courses.
The ‘core course’ will be based on the EASA approved FI syllabus with further FAA ground and flight training for these qualifications. In total, there will be 55 hours of flight & 200 hours of ground, giving graduates the very best possible start to become the best instructor they can and pass this knowleddge and skill onto the next group of trainees.
12 months duration
INCLUDES: - Up to 1000 hours Flight Instruction Single, Multi-Engine, & IR
The target is to gain approximately 950 hours bringing total hours logged to over 1,250, the magic number to be able to gain the next qualifications essential to flying with the airline. Remuneration for these hours will be set based on conditions at the time, but will be reflected in the trainee’s contract at the start.
It will be important that instructors show high standards throughout. An objective measure of their effectiveness and ability will be their students’ progress and pass rates, which will be monitored and form part of the final assessment.
The plan of study will include the following common core courses:
General Education Courses – (18 Credits)
Aviation Electives (2 Required) – (6.0 Credits)
AVT2600 – Airline Theory / ATP-CTP (4 Credits)
AVF2600 – Airline Transport Pilot Flight Training (2 Credits)
AVF2700 – Advanced Flight Training (4.5 Credits)
AVG2500 – Jet Transition and CRJ200/700/900 Systems Course (3 Credits)
AVG2500L – CRJ Simulator Training (1.5 Credits)
AVI2100 – Aviation Operations Internship I First Officer with Skywest Airlines (3.5 Credits) / Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
AVI2200 – Aviation Operations Internship II First Officer with Skywest Airlines (3.5 Credits) / Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
24 months duration
Selected applicants will join the AS Degree program with Aviator College and complete the 2nd year course of study. This final stage offers opportunities to become a first officer with SkyWest Airline, one of the most prestigious Regional Airline in the United States.
As a leading air service provider, offering global access to millions of people each month, SkyWest partners with the world’s largest network of carriers including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With a fleet of 356 aircraft, SkyWest’s nearly 11,500 aviation professionals operate more than 1,800 flights each day to 209 destinations throughout North America. SkyWest is known for its industry-leading workforce, exceptional leadership team, and continued solid operational and economic performance.
AS Degree / Jet Transition / FAA ATPL Program
INCLUDES: - CRJ Jet Transition & Simulator Training
- Airline Transport Pilot Training (ATP/CPT)
- Pilot Career Planning & Interviewing
- Airline Indoc. Groundschool & Type Training
- Line Flying up to 1000 hours Jet
Upon graduation, using Optional Practical Training (OPT), students may continue employment with SkyWest as qualified Airline Transport Pilots.
Aviator, SkyWest achievement scholarship is available in this program
For further information and to obtain a prescreening application, contact our recruiting department and quote reference: -'SkyWest JetWay Program'.
European Flight Training started in 1999 as an aviation school offering EASA Flight Training in Florida and has developed into one of the most prestigious aviation flight schools in the United States.
European Flight Training offers, through its parent company Aviator College, an Aviation Degree Program which has specific emphasis on the pilot training aspects needed to meet the requirements of the commercial airline pilot industry.
EFT is one of the few flight schools in the USA to offer approved training for the European pilot’s license, zero through ATPL, at its approved EASA ATO number 0008.
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