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Learn to fly at one of our Aviate partner universities

Delaware State University Elizabeth City State University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Tech Hampton University University of North Dakota Western Michigan University

We’re looking for talented candidates who:

  • Reflect our leadership qualities, including the ability to model character, think creatively, deliver results and foster teamwork
  • Share our commitment to the principles of core4 service behaviors: Safe, Caring, Dependable and Efficient
  • Demonstrate a passion for the industry and a lifelong dedication to excellence and achievement

The partner university process

Details and requirements

Step 1 Meet minimum eligibility requirements

Steps vary for each university depending on the programs available. Select a university to find out more:

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Step 2 Apply to Aviate

When you join Aviate, you’ll gain access to:

  • A direct path to United. Aviate participants transition to United as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Aviate program and hiring requirements
  • Travel privileges. Aviate participants enjoy travel privileges to hundreds of United destinations
  • Coaching. Aviate participants are paired with United pilots, creating a structured format for critical leadership and career development
  • Development events and programs. Aviate participants are provided a breadth of resources to learn and grow throughout Aviate

Step 3 Build toward your R-ATP Certification

  • Gain valuable experience instructing as a CFI at a university or flight school or as a commercial pilot at a Part 135 operator. See your employment options by selecting the university you'd attend:

Step 4 Fly with a United Express® partner

Gain invaluable experience flying with one of our United Express Aviate partners, which include:

Air Wisconsin - Airlines CommutAir GoJet Airlines Mesa Airlines

  • Enjoy expedited time in service with Aviate: minimum service requirements of 24 months, and 2,000 flight hours for First Officers or 1,500 flight hours for Captains, with a United Express Aviate partner

Step 5 Transition to United as a First Officer

  • Once you complete your minimum transition requirements with United Express, you’ll be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer
  • When a First Officer position opens with United and you’re at the top of the priority list, you’ll receive a job offer
  • The sooner you apply to the Aviate program, the higher priority you’ll have for a quicker transition from United Express to United
  • Once you join United as a First Officer, begin your dream career toward the left seat in the cockpit as a United Captain

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