GoJet Airlines announced that it has signed a pilot pipeline agreement with California Flight Academy.
The Wingman Pipeline Program provides promising pilots currently enrolled in a professional airline training program an internship at GoJet Airlines while they build flight hours. Program participants become GoJet First Officers upon completion of ATP minimums.
Participating students represent GoJet on campus and at recruiting events and are mentored by GoJet pilots throughout the duration of their internships. Additionally, the program prepares student pilots for the GoJet First Officer training program by providing course materials months in advance.
“We want our pilots to come to GoJet and do well,” stressed Brad Sargent, GoJet’s Chief Pilot. “That’s why we start preparing them for success well before their first day of class.”
“That’s why we start preparing them for success well before their first day of class.”
The internship also includes a two-day visit to GoJet’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis, where participants have the opportunity to talk with new pilots who are actually in systems training, as well as sit in on a new hire class to get a feel for what their training will be like. Students are also exposed to the departments within the GoJet Ops Center that they’ll interact with when flying the line, including Dispatch, Crew Scheduling, and Maintenance Control. Best of all, interns have the opportunity to fly in a full-motion CRJ simulator.
In addition to $10,000 in tuition reimbursement, participating students can earn $2,500 for each successful pilot they refer to GoJet during their time as an intern (funds are banked until the students become official GoJet pilots). Other benefits include limited flight benefits and jump seat privileges.
“This program is a win-win for everyone,” said Randy Bratcher, Director of Flight Operations at GoJet.
“Program participants have a First Officer job with a premier regional airline waiting for them when they finish their hours, and GoJet has a pipeline of high quality and well-trained pilots from California Flight Academy.”