Tuesday, 1 May 2018

CommutAir and Ohio University Offer Students First Officer Pathway Program

 CommutAir, a United Express carrier, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Ohio University's Russ College of Engineering and Technology to offer Ohio University's student pilots a direct path to a CommutAir First Officer position.
As part of the arrangement, CommutAir will provide select Ohio University student pilots up to $22,100 in tuition reimbursement towards obtaining a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating and building the necessary aeronautical experience required to fly for United's fastest-growing regional airline.

CommutAir will offer student pilots hands-on experience by providing access to flight training resources, pilot mentors, and routine sessions with CommutAir pilots and executives. The program will serve as a preferred gateway for CFIs wanting to fly for CommutAir and eventually United Airlines via CommutAir's United Career Path Program (CPP).

"We are pleased to partner with Ohio University's acclaimed aviation program to offer its students a direct path to a CommutAir flight deck," said Laura Prince, Managing Director of Human Resources. "We hope to emulate the best cadet programs and offer student pilots continuous, affordable, and real-world flight training."

"Ohio University Aviation is very pleased to enter into this agreement with CommutAir as it will be highly beneficial to our students and the program overall," said Steve Owens, Aviation Business Administrator at Ohio University.

Students actively enrolled at Ohio University's flight school are eligible to apply for the program, via the OU aviation program office, after completing a minimum of four semesters. Upon successful completion of the program, students are guaranteed a First Officer training class date with CommutAir.

Through 2019, CommutAir will triple in size to an all-jet fleet of 61 aircraft and actively hire in all areas. CommutAir's industry-leading pilot benefits include:

Fastest United Career Path Program (CPP) graduate: 2 Years 10 Days
Captain Pay for First Officer program
Retention Bonuses for Captains
Rapid upgrades
Top-Tier pay and benefits – including the industry's first and best Commuter policy