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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.

  • New England: Hyannis MA, New Bedford MA, Boston MA, Provincetown MA, Martha’s Vineyard MA, Rutland VT, Lebanon NH, Rockland ME, Augusta ME, Bar Harbor ME
  • New York: Ogdensburg, Saranac Lake
  • Montana: Billings
  • Midwest: Marion IL, Kirksville MO, Fort Leonard Wood MO, St. Louis MO, Owensboro KY
  • Caribbean: San Juan PR, Mayagüez PR, Vieques PR, St. Croix (U.S.V.I.), St. Thomas (U.S.V.I.), Tortola (B.V.I.)

How are pilot bases assigned?
Pilot bases are determined through a seniority bid system.  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 any of our regions, with the exception of Micronesia.

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.  We run flying incentive programs throughout the year that reward pilots for picking up extra flying on their days off.  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.

Initial Pilot Training - Cessna 402

How is training paid?
Training is paid on an hourly basis and starts from day one of ground school.  You will be guaranteed 40 hours pay per week during training. You will also be provided a single-occupancy 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, airplanes and FTD. 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?
A few of the benefits of full time pilots are; CASS Benefits and family pass benefits, Known Crew Member, relocation allowance, FAA medical reimbursement, uniform allowance, partial matching 401K, Employee Stock Ownership Program, long-term and short-term disability, health & dental insurance, paid volunteer time, paid leave, paid holidays and the opportunity to start and end in your base every night.  Additional information on benefits will be 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.

Part 135 operation (Flying the C-402 or BN-2)

As opposed to most airlines that pay by the flight hour, Cape Air pays by the duty hour, with a guaranteed 40 hours per week minimum. Any additional time is paid as overtime, and most schedules are constructed with overtime built in. First year C402 Captains start at $17.16 per duty hour. With additional compensation available through flying incentive programs, profit sharing, and numerous other benefits, first year C402 Captains can expect earn an average income of $40,000 to $45,000.

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 pilotjobs@capeair.com.

Travel Destinations

Cape Cod & the Islands

Cape Cod was where it all started for Cape Air, and we still have our roots planted in Hyannis with our corporate headquarters. We're proud to serve the beautiful Cape & Islands year-round.


Our wings cover the best of the Northeast, with daily, year-round flights from our hub in Boston to VT, NH, ME and NY.


Our hub at St. Louis serves Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

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If time is money, save both. Our fast flights across Eastern Montana from our hub in Billings will get you to your destination in a fraction of the time it takes to drive. Later Lonesome Road!


With up to 100 flights a day in Puerto Rico, the USVI and the BVI, you have the flexibility to fly when you want to, and easily connect with major carriers.


Our "first flight of the day" is always from our hub in Guam. Operating as United Express, we serve the islands of Guam, Rota and Saipan. To book Micronesia flights, visit united.com.

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