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Chart an extraordinary course

At United Aviate Academy, your dreams of becoming a pilot for United have never been more possible. Join our flight training academy, and be part of the next generation of highly qualified, talented and diverse United pilots.

Most direct path to Aviate

Dream of flying but don’t know where to start? United Aviate Academy will help you get your Private Pilot License and join the Aviate program in as little as two months. Once in the Aviate program, you'll complete training at the United Aviate Academy, build experience at our partners and be on track to Captain at United.

An exciting and financially rewarding career as a pilot awaits you, and it all starts by enrolling at United Aviate Academy

United expects to hire more than 10,000 pilots over the next decade. Now is the perfect opportunity to build your career and start your journey to becoming a United Captain. As a pilot for United Airlines, no two days will be the same as you:

  • Travel the world and meet incredible people
  • Fly the latest aircraft
  • Earn a great living with an industry-leading compensation package
  • Take advantage of the best travel benefits in the industry with access to hundreds of United destinations around the globe
  • Have the ultimate window office

Get into Aviate in as little as 2 months by training at United Aviate Academy

Join United Aviate Academy and work toward your Private Pilot License (PPL). Once you receive your PPL, you’ll then have the opportunity to be selected into Aviate and be on your way to United. The best part? By completing your one and only United interview early in your pilot training, you’ll have your eyes set on your final destination before ever taking off.

Learn to fly
Gain experience at an Aviate partner
Transition to United

Clearing skies for your success

We're working to make your dreams possible by removing barriers to entry.

Diversity at the forefront

Today, United has one of the most diverse pilot populations of any U.S. carrier with nearly 20% of our pilot group made up of women and people of color. We are working toward raising that number even higher by partnering with diversity-led organizations and continuing to remove gender and racial barriers. And we’re going one step further with plans for 50% of United Aviate Academy students being women and people of color to ensure our students reflect the diversity of the customers and communities we serve.

Removing financial barriers

Together United and JPMorgan Chase are offering $2.4 million in financial aid to the best and brightest talent, opening the door to a lucrative career for people who previously didn’t have the opportunity to pursue one. We're in the business of breaking down barriers and we want the pilot population — some of the highest paying jobs in the industry — to be open to a much more diverse pool of candidates.

United is partnering with these organizations to offer you scholarships:

These scholarships were made possible by $2.4M in generous contributions from:

$1.2M

$1.2M

In addition, loans will be available from our loan partner, Sallie Mae. Details will be forthcoming.

United, through and through

From your first glimpse into life as a pilot, United Aviate Academy will provide you with a true United experience from the start.

While you're at United Aviate Academy

United Aviate Academy is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Airlines and a part of United’s Aviate program. This means you'll not only be trained to fly, but you will also:

  • Receive career guidance and direction from United Aviate Ambassadors
  • Get a United education from highly trained professionals
  • Start experiencing United's culture and be on the inside track
  • Become a part of a company that is committed to global citizenship by taking an active role in diversity, equity and inclusion, the environment and creating a more sustainable future

... and then in Aviate

You’ll be provided benefits and increased visibility and direction toward your career at United through:

  • One-on-one mentorship from a United Airlines pilot dedicated to you
  • Travel privileges to everywhere United flies
  • United career development events, programs and learning tools

... and at United

Over the next decade, United will train 5,000 pilots who will be guaranteed a job with United, after they complete the requirements of the Aviate program – and our plan is for half of them to be women and people of color.” —United CEO Scott Kirby

Any questions?

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