Learn to fly at one of our Aviate partner flight schools

The partner flight school process — Details and requirements below

Step 1Meet minimum eligibility requirements

  • You’re currently pursuing, or already received, a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating from a participating partner flight school
  • Hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate (PPL)*
  • Hold a valid FAA medical certificate that was originally issued as a first or second-class medical certificate
  • Have no more than three primary training failures
  • Be in good standing with your participating Aviate professional flight school
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

* United Aviate Academy pilots with zero hours of flight experience will be eligible for the Aviate program upon completing their PPL.

Step 2Apply To Aviate

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

  • A direct path. Aviate participants can 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 United destinations around the world
  • Coaching. Aviate participants will have the opportunity to participate in a coaching program and receive mentorship from United pilots
  • Culture. You’ll gain deeper connections with our United team, with access to senior leadership, site visits and tours, and an inside look at our inclusive culture

Complete the selection process, which includes:

  • A panel interview
  • Personality and cultural fit inventory
  • A technical skill interview
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Step 3Complete training

Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating from a participating professional flight training organization

Step 5Fly with an Aviate United Express carrier or Part 135 operator

Flying with our Aviate-participating United Express (UAX) carriers or Part 135 operators provides invaluable flying experience.

Secure your path to a United First Officer position by completing 1,200 PIC (Pilot in Command) hours with an Aviate-participating UAX carrier or Part 135 operator

For full details, see Chapter 5 of the APG

Partner 135 Operators

Step 6Transition to United as a First Officer

Once you complete your minimum transition requirements, you will be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer.

You must also meet the following to be eligible for transition:

  • Current passport with at least six-months of validity remaining at time of employment
  • Legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Must be able to travel freely within the United States and without restriction to all countries United serves
  • Meet all additional First Officer hiring requirements

You will be assigned a First Officer class date and start at United within four (4) months of meeting the PIC hours requirement.

Any questions?

Full details regarding Aviate eligibility and transition requirements can be found in the Aviate Program Guide (APG). For questions not covered in the APG, please provide your information and question in the space provided, and we’ll get back to you soon.