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Learn to fly at one of our Aviate partner flight schools

ATP Hillsboro Aero Academy Lufthansa Aviation Training US Aviation Academy

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 flight school process

Details and requirements

Step 1 Meet minimum eligibility requirements

  • Currently receiving flight training at a participating professional flight training organization in pursuit of professional pilot certification and ratings
    ATP Hillsboro Aero Academy Lufthansa Aviation Training US Aviation Academy
  • Hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a valid FAA medical certificate that was originally issued as a first-or second-class medical certificate
  • Be in good standing with your participating Aviate professional flight school
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
    • Please note: Participants are required to have a bachelor’s degree by the time they transition to United as a First Officer unless they receive an exemption from United

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 ATP/R-ATP certification

  • Gain valuable experience instructing as a CFI at a participating flight training organization or university, or as a commercial pilot at a participating Part 135 operator

    Partner universities

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

    Partner flight schools

    ATP Hillsboro Aero Academy Lufthansa Aviation Training US Aviation Academy

    Part 135 operators

    Ameriflight Boutique Air Wiggins Airways
  • Work toward your ATP or R-ATP hour requirement

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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