Pilot Career Guide
SkyWest Airlines pilots have more opportunity, exposure and access than any other regional pilots, allowing them to truly Take Control of Their Careers. With 18 domiciles, a fleet of more than 425 aircraft and growing, and flying agreements with four mainline partners – United, Delta, American and Alaska – SkyWest offers the best quality of life for pilots. In addition to excellent pay, industry-leading profit sharing bonuses and 401(k) match, SkyWest pilots can upgrade in as little as three months (based on FAR Part 121-436 requirements). SkyWest also provides a $7,500 bonus for qualified pilots.* Join our team and Take Control of Your Career today.*See Requirements for more information.
The dates displayed are the most junior for each location.
Once an online application has been completed and approved, our recruitment team will reach out to schedule an interview. You may also meet with our team at one of our upcoming events, but attending a career or job fair is not required to receive an invitation to an interview.
The interview process for a flight job may include the following phases:
CRM Scenario: The applicant will demonstrate their ability to perform in a Part 121 airline environment.
Behavioral-Based Interview: During this phase of the interview process, the following areas will be assessed: background, core values, leadership skills, ability, professionalism, etc. The candidate should come prepared with resume and copies of current first class medical, pilot license, driver’s license and passport.
Technical Interview: This phase will cover items including, but not limited to, Jeppesen chart knowledge, FARs, WX systems, CRM, etc.
Debrief: This final phase of the interview process will consist of a debrief from the applicants’ perspective as well as the interview team.
In the event that the candidate does not successfully complete any phase, they will be released and may reapply at a later date.
The SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program provides a direct path for exceptional pilots with a desire to Take Control of their aviation careers. Enhanced seniority, guaranteed final interview, and access to pilot mentors are just a few of the upgrades students can receive by becoming a SkyWest Cadet on your way to becoming one of SkyWest’s more than 4,000 professional pilots.
Unlike an internship, the Pilot Pathway Program allows students to remain at their campus to complete their flight training until they are able to meet SkyWest’s Airline Transport Pilot standards. Each cadet is individually mentored by SkyWest pilots and may have the opportunity to participate in SkyWest recruiting events and outreach programs.
The SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program prepares a clear path for pilots to launch their career at SkyWest Airlines, where you enjoy the strong culture of professionalism, teamwork and success that SkyWest is known for. Why wait? Take Control of your career now.
Company seniority for benefits eligibility activates as soon as you’re a cadet.
Enhanced introduction to SkyWest, including flight & lodging to SLC, tour of facilities & more.
Mentorship from SkyWest pilots, including regular visits, mock interviews and ongoing association.
Guaranteed final interview for a first officer position at SkyWest
Increased seniority within SkyWest’s ground school class
SkyWest Pilot Must:
A $7,500 bonus for pilots with current turbojet type rating is available upon completion of IOE. The $7,500 bonus is also available for qualified military pilots.
SkyWest will provide the means to complete a SkyWest-approved CTP course for those who complete an application and successfully pass the pilot interview.
SkyWest recognizes skills common to helicopter and glider flying and will accept helo/gilder time as part of an applicant’s total time as long as they have a minimum of 250 hours of fixed wing.
No pilot who has been convicted of any criminal offense that will prohibit him/her of gaining Canadian clearance will be hired to fly.
Initially, most pilot new hires can expect to be placed on reserve, depending on the needs of individual domiciles. Regular reserve policy requires a two-hour call out. With a continually growing fleet and more than a dozen domiciles, all SkyWest pilots enjoy exceptional quality of life.
SkyWest is known for one of the best pilot training programs in the industry. We focus on AQP curriculum, and our certified instructors are focused on professionalism and proficiency for every pilot. CRJ students can expect two weeks of ground school in the SLC training facility; while E175 pilots can expect two weeks of ground school in the DEN training facility.
CRJ students can expect the entire training process to be completed in Salt Lake City with the exception of IOE. For the E175, simulator training is primarily available in Denver and St. Louis.
During flight training, students will receive hotel accommodations. While occupancy with fellow students should be expected, students may request single rooms by accepting responsibility for half the accommodation expenses. Courtesy shuttle services operating to and from the training facility will be provided by the hotels.
SkyWest provides all pilot new hires with uniforms.