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Apply as a student at a partner university

The earliest opportunity to gain admission to the AviateSM program is to apply while at university. If your dream is to become a United Captain, get started on this path.


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

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Your process

Details and requirements

Step 1

Meet minimum eligibility requirements

  • Complete two semesters of full-time coursework at a partner university Get notified when they’re announced
  • Pursue approved aviation major, resulting in R-ATP eligibility
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and uphold your university’s student code of conduct
  • Hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate

Step 2

Apply

  • Submit an application along with a written letter of recommendation from a leader in your university flight program
    • Applications opening early 2020
  • Complete the selection process, which includes:
    • A panel interview
    • Personality and cultural fit assessments
    • A technical skill interview
  • Upon successful completion of the selection process, receive your conditional job offer and join Aviate What is a conditional job offer?

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

  • 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
  • Aviate pilot leadership program. Aviate participants are equipped to become future United Captains through leadership, business acumen and decision-making skills development
  • Development events and programs. Aviate participants are provided a breadth of resources to learn and grow throughout Aviate
  • United leadership interaction. Aviate participants are key to our future and have opportunities to meet senior leadership and United Captains
  • Site tours. Aviate participants have opportunities to visit and tour our advanced and complex operational facilities

Step 3

Build toward your R-ATP Certification

  • Gain valuable experience teaching as a CFI at an Aviate university partner
  • Build toward R-ATP minimum of 1,000 hours

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 Express Jet Mesa Airlines CommutAir

  • Enjoy expedited time in service with Aviate: minimum service requirements of 2,000 flight hours and 24 months 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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