Pilot Career Guide
SkyWest Airlines pilots have more opportunities than those at any other airline, allowing them to truly Take Control of their careers. SkyWest inked new flying agreements with each of our four mainline partners – United, Delta, American and Alaska, and with 100+ E175s in our fleet by year-end 2017, SkyWest pilots have more opportunity, exposure and access than any regional pilot. In addition, SkyWest offers the best quality of life with over a dozen domiciles, upgrades in 2 years or less, excellent pay, profit sharing programs, bonuses and 401(k) match. SkyWest also provides a $7,500 bonus for qualified pilots.**See Requirements for more information.
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:
1. Written Exam: A SkyWest written exam is administered during the interview process.
2. CRM Scenario: The applicant will demonstrate their ability to perform in a Part 121 airline environment.
3. 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.
4. Technical Interview: This phase will cover items including, but not limited to, Jeppesen chart knowledge, FARs, WX systems, CRM, etc.
5. 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
The dates displayed are the most junior for each location.
Pilots in training will be guaranteed 65 hours per month, which will increase to 76 hours per month once Initial Operating Experience (IOE) begins. Pay for first year pilots is $36.50 per flight hour, regardless of the type of aircraft flown.
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.
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 have a minimum of 250 fixed wing PIC hours.
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.