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PILOT BASES - Cessna 402


Where are your pilot bases?

Most of the communities that we serve are pilot bases. Many of our pilots choose to live in their base, as that is where their assigned flying begins and ends every day. Our pilots bid for their base twice a year through a seniority bid system, which allow for some of the seasonal transitions many of our pilots do every spring and fall.
Our current pilot bases are:

  • New England - Hyannis MA, New Bedford MA, Boston MA, Provincetown MA, Nantucket MA, Martha’s Vineyard MA, Rutland VT, Lebanon NH, Rockland ME, Augusta ME
  • New York - Albany, Ogdensburg, Massena, Saranac Lake, White Plains
  • Montana - Billings, Sidney, Glendive, Wolf Point, Glasgow and Havre
  • Midwest- Quincy IL, Marion IL, Cape Girardeau MO, Kirksville MO, Fort Leonard Wood MO, Owensboro KY
  • Caribbean - San Juan PR, Mayaguez PR, St. Croix (U.S.V.I.), St. Thomas (U.S.V.I.), Tortola (B.V.I.), Anguilla (B.W.I.), Nevis (W.I.)
  • Micronesia- Guam (ATR 42)


How are pilot bases assigned?


Pilot bases are determined through a seniority bid system. Potential bases for a new hire pilot will depend on the season of hire. Many pilots will be required to transition  between our regions for the summer and winter seasons.  Monetary assistance is given to transition pilots once hired with Cape Air.  Newly hired pilots can expect to be based in whatever region is the busiest at the time of hire. (Summer time is typically in New England, and winter in the Caribbean. The Midwest region is also where many of our new hires are based)


What are the pilot schedules like?


We use a seniority bid system to determine pilot schedules within each base.  Generally, our pilots begin and end their day in their base, so they are home every night.  This may, however, require pilots to relocate to their base.

Pilot schedules vary depending on the region and the season.  Some examples of possible pilot schedules include: 4 days on/3 days off schedule, 3 days on/3 days off schedule, or a 5 days on/2 days off schedule.
Also, our pilot bids vary in duration.  With longer schedule bids during the height of our seasons, summer and winter, and short schedule bids in the in-between months.




How is training paid?


Training is paid on an hourly basis and starts from day one of ground school.  You will be guaranteed 35 hours pay per week during training. You will also be provided a single hotel room for the duration of training.


Where is the training conducted?


Training is conducted at the company's headquarters in Hyannis, MA. All of our training is completed in-house with our own instructors and airplanes. Most of the flight training is conducted in the Cessna 402.


How long is the training?


Training consists of a week of ground school, followed by 3-4 weeks of flight and simulator training. Once the check ride is complete, our pilots are required to complete 15 hours of IOE. Training is typically a total of 4-6 weeks.





What are Cape Air Pilot benefits?

Cape Air offers a comprehensive health care package that includes dental and vision. Each employee is also eligible, based on their date of hire and employment status, for vacation time. Travel benefits are extended to the employee and eligible family. Eligibility for these travel benefits depends on the airline. Additional information on benefits is provided at the interview.




Is there a commitment to work at Cape Air?


As a new hire pilot you are asked to sign a training commitment letter, committing to employment at Cape Air for 6-12 months depending upon your qualifications when hired.


Does Cape Air offer Jumpseat privileges and pass travel agreements for family?


Cape Air is proud to offer our pilots CASS privileges. We have jump seat agreements with most major, regional and cargo carriers. We also offer some great pass travel benefits for eligible family members.


What is the pay scale?


Cape Air offers a competitive pay scale for our pilots, which is comparable to the industry. Detailed pay scale information is provided in the interview process. Please contact the pilot recruiter for more information.
First year C402 Captains start at $15.00 per duty hour. Our Pilots are paid by the duty hour, not the flight hour like many airlines. First year C402 Captains can earn on average a salary of $31K to $40K per year, depending on their schedules.


How do I apply to become a Cape Air pilot?


Please see the How To Apply page of this website for detailed instruction on how to apply. For information on Pilot Recruiting, the Gateway Program or upcoming recruiting events, please contact


Travel Destinations

    • Boston
    • Hyannis
    • Martha's Vineyard
    • Nantucket
    • New Bedford
    • Provincetown
    • Providence (Seasonally)
    • Block Island (Seasonally)
    • Rutland
    • Lebanon
    • Augusta
    • Rockland
    • Bar Harbor
    • Albany
    • Massena
    • Ogdensburg
    • Saranac Lake
    • White Plains
    • Sub-destination
    • Sub-destination
    • Sub-destination
    • Billings
    • Sidney
    • Glendive
    • Glasgow
    • Havre
    • Wolf Point
    • Cape Girardeau
    • Ft. Leonard Wood
    • Kirksville
    • St. Louis
    • Owensboro
    • Marion
    • Quincy
    • Mayaguez
    • San Juan
    • Vieques
    • Culebra
    • St. Croix
    • St. Thomas
    • Tortola
    • Virgin Gorda
    • Anguilla
    • Nevis