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Cape Air has established pilot pathways and programs with selected colleges, universities and other airlines.  If you need additional information on any of these programs, please contact us at pilotrecruitment@capeair.com. The programs described here do not include our University Gateway Program with JetBlue and ExpressJet, for details on the University Gateway Program, please contact gateway@capeair.com.

     

 

Rocky Mountain College

Overview: this program allows graduates of the RMC program to join Cape Air early in their flight instructing career and become qualified as a First Officer with Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Complete application and successfully complete interview
  2. Working as a full or part time flight instructor at RMC
  3. Graduate of RMC with a major in Aeronautical Science program with commercial license, airplane single and multi-engine, instrument rating, certified flight instructor certificate
  4. Cumulative GPA 3.0
  5. Written recommendation from Rocky Mountain College Aviation review board

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Overview: this program allows graduates of the SIU program to join Cape Air early in their flight instructing career and become qualified as a First Officer with Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria: Once accepted by SIUC, Cape Air will interview and accept candidates (based on Cape Air needs) who meet the following requirements:

  1. Working as a full or part time flight instructor
  2. Graduate of SIUC Aviation Flight program including AF 304 and/or 305
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  4. A recommendation from SIUC Aviation Management and Flight (from the Department Chair, Chief Flight Instructor or Chief Air Transportation Pilot)

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


Thunderbird Aviation Academy/College

Overview: the TBA preferred hiring gateway is designed to provide opportunities for graduates to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria: Once accepted by SIUC, Cape Air will interview and accept candidates (based on Cape Air needs) who meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have a 3.0 GPA
  2. Must provide two professor recommendations, as determined in the sole discretion of each professor
  3. Must hold an Instrument rating on their pilot certificate
  4. Will allow Cape Air access to their academic records, upon students’ written approval
  5. Must successfully complete an interview process with Cape Air


Louisiana Tech University

Overview: this preferred hiring gateway is designed to provide opportunities for pilots at LTU to eventually become new hire pilots at Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Have a pilot private certificate
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two character references
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program:

  1. Periodic 360 peer character evaluations
  2. Obtain an Instrument rating – airplane
  3. Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine rating
  4. Meet all Pilot Records Improvement Act requirements
  5. Maintain continuous good academic standing

After completion of all steps in the program transition to next new-hire class with Cape Air:

  1. Participate in Drug and Alcohol Program
  2. Successfully complete new hire pilot training at Cape Air
  3. Join Pilot Union group if required
  4. Maintain continuous employment in good standing
  5. Successfully complete duty position upgrades

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


Bridgewater State University Co-Op

Overview: this program allows graduates of the BSU program to join Cape Air early in their flight instruction career and become qualified as a First Officer with Cape Air. 

Hiring Criteria: 

  1. Working as a full or part time flight instructor at BSU
  2. Graduate of BSU Aviation program with Commercial license – Airplane Single and Multi Engine, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor certificate
  3. Cumulative GPA 3.0
  4. Two recommendations from Chief or Assistant Flight Instructor at BSU and one from a professor at BSU
  5. 300 hours total time

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


Purdue University

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway is designed to provide opportunities for graduates in the Professional Flight program at PU to become new hire pilots for Cape Air. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Enrolled in an AABI-accredited aviation program
  3. Allow Cape Air access to their academic records
  4. Submit a completed application
  5. Submit two faculty recommendations
  6. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Completion of all required flight qualifications and certificates
  2. Graduate from an AABI-accredited program
  3. Successful completion of time as a flight instructor

Complete one year of service with Cape Air as a Captain and you will be qualified for the Advanced Gateway Program with JetBlue.


University of Dubuque

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway is designed to provide opportunities for graduates of the University of Dubuque Flight program to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Enrolled in an AABI-accredited aviation program
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Completion of all required flight qualifications and certificates
  2. Graduate from an AABI-accredited program
  3. Successful completion of time as a flight instructor (1 year or 800 hours total time)

Complete one year of service with Cape Air as a Captain and you will be qualified for the Advanced Gateway Program with JetBlue.


Baylor University

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway designed to provide opportunities for graduates of the Institute for Air Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences (B.S.A.) degree at BU to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.  

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Enrolled in the B.S.A. program
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Completion of all required flight qualifications and certificates
  2. Completion of BSA in Aviation Sciences at BU
  3. Successful completion of time as a flight instructor (500 hours dual given)

PenAir

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway is designed to provide opportunities for Pilots to join Cape Air and eventually become new hire pilots for PA. The program also establishes longevity for future PA pilots as it relates to pay and vacation accrual while working at Cape Air.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Have a Commercial Pilot Certificate
  2. Possess an instrument rating - airplane
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two character references
  5. Successfully pass interview process
  6. Have a minimum of 750 total flight hours

Once admitted into the program

  1. Participate to periodic 360 character evaluations
  2. Maintain continuous employment in good standing, and
  3. Successfully compete duty position upgrades at each Airline
  4. Obtain multi-engine rating
  5. Meet all Pilot Records Improvement Act requirements
  6. Participate in the drug and alcohol program
  7. Join pilot union group if required
  8. Complete new hire paperwork packet for Cape Air

After the successful completion of one year of service as a Captain with Cape Air, the pilot may apply for a position with PA. If accepted and hired by PA, the pilot may enter service with up to three years of longevity for pay and vacation accrual benefits at PA. For more information on any of these programs, please contact pilotrecruitment@capeair.com.


Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Overview: this program allows graduates of the IAU program to join Cape Air early in their flight instruction career and become qualified as a First Officer with Cape Air. These pilots will serve as a First Officer in our San Juan base while they continue to be a flight instructor at IAU.

Hiring Criteria

  1. Working as a full or part time flight instructor at IAU
  2. Graduate of IAU Aircraft Systems Management program with Commercial license – Airplane Single and Multi Engine, Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor certificate
  3. Cumulative GPA 3.0
  4. Two recommendations from Chief or Assistant Flight Instructor at IAU and one from a professor at IAU

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


Florida Institute of Technology
Overview: this preferred hiring gateway is designed to provide opportunities for graduates of FIT to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.  

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Private pilot certificate
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. ​​​​Obtain an instrument rating – airplane
  2. Obtain a commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine rating
  3. Maintain continuous good academic standing
  4. Serve as FIT Flight Instructor for 1 year and 800 hours of total flight

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue.


The Ohio State University 

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway designed to provide opportunities for graduates of OSU to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.    

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Private Pilot certificate
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Obtain an instrument rating – airplane
  2. Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine rating
  3. Maintain continuous good academic standing
  4. Serve as OSU Flight Instructor for 1 year and 500 hours of total flight instructor time

Completing this program may also qualify you for admission into the Advanced Gateway Program and a path to JetBlue (this applies once OSU’s program is granted AABI accreditation).


Liberty University 

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway designed to provide opportunities for graduates of LU to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.    

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Private Pilot certificate
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Obtain an instrument rating – airplane
  2. Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine rating
  3. Maintain continuous good academic standing
  4. Serve as LU Flight Instructor for 400 hours of total flight instructor time
  5. Graduate from LU (residential or online) with a degree in Aviation or Aeronautics

Vaughn College

Overview: the Preferred Hiring Gateway designed to provide opportunities for graduates of VC to become new hire pilots for Cape Air.    

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Be at least a sophomore with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major
  2. Private Pilot certificate
  3. Submit a completed application
  4. Submit two faculty recommendations
  5. Successfully pass interview process

Once admitted into the program

  1. Obtain an instrument rating – airplane
  2. Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine rating
  3. Maintain continuous good academic standing
  4. Serve as a VC Flight Instructor for one year or accumulate a total of 800 hours of total flight instructor time
  5. Graduate from VC

Advanced Gateway Program

Overview: the Advanced Gateway Program was established to offer an additional pathway to JetBlue for those Cape Air pilots who meet the outlined criteria below and would otherwise not be eligible for the University Gateway Program.  To be eligible for the Advanced Gateway Program a pilot must:

  • Be a graduate of a 4-year Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited University Program in Aviation Studies (Professional Pilot)
    • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Have prior Flight Instructor experience at an AABI accredited university flight program or through the Cape Air Training Department.  Other instruction experience may be considered
    • If through an ABBI program: at least one year or 500 hours of flight instruction
    • If through Cape Air: at least 200 hours of flight instruction, or have served as a check airman for least one year
    • If through other experience: have served as a check airman for any 135 or 121 operation for at least one year
  • Have completed an aviation internship (may be waived by JetBlue)
  • Be a Cape Air employee, in good standing

Interview and potential entrance into the Advanced Gateway Program will be offered to pilots who meet the above requirements, have been successfully hired by Cape Air, apply for the program, and successfully pass an internal 360 evaluation.  Upon acceptance into the Program pilots will be expected to:

  • Remain in good standing
  • Complete their flying commitment as outlined in the employment offer letter received at the time of hire
  • Upon reaching 2,500 hours total time, be scheduled for and successfully pass a Jet Transition Course hosted by JetBlue
  • Complete a final interview with JetBlue after reaching 3,500 hours total time and 36 months of continuous employment with Cape Air

Gray Gulls Program

Overview: Cape Air’s “Gray Gulls” program is designed to give the opportunity for experienced pilots to continue flying scheduled air service after the age of 65.  Being primarily a CFR Part 135 scheduled air carrier, age is not a factor, only the ability to maintain a First Class Medical.  Currently, we have retired pilots flying for us from almost every major carrier!  We have three ways you can join our Gray Gulls program to keep your flying career active:

Full-Time: You would bid on your base by seniority with the potential to be in any one of our 29 pilot bases.  You would most likely work a 4-on 3-off schedule (minimum 12 days off per 28) of about 40+ hours a week with overtime available. 

Part-Time: Cape Air lists bases where part time pilots are required.  You would be scheduled in advance in your base for less than 30 hours per week.  This status can be held seasonally in some bases as well.  (You are on the seniority list for your first year; you will qualify for CASS privileges but dependent on your hours worked you may or may not qualify for certain company benefits.)

In all scenarios you would be responsible for housing in your base.  However, if asked to help out elsewhere in our network (TDY) and you accept, a hotel room and per diem would be provided to you.

Training is accomplished in Hyannis, MA and lasts approximately 4-6 weeks.  During training you are provided a single occupancy hotel room and paid a minimum of 40 hours per week. 

If you are interested in joining Cape Air through any option in the Gray Gulls Program, please visit our website at https://www.capeair.com/about_us/careers/index.html to complete an application! 

For questions please contact our Pilot Recruitment team via phone at 508.827.7883 or via email at pilotjobs@capeair.com at any time.


Internal Gateway Program

The Internal Gateway Program was established to offer financial support to Cape Air employees who desire to pursue careers as professional pilots.

An eligible employee is someone who for reasons beyond his/her control has had to discontinue their flight training (financial option).  Or they these employees have all of the required licenses and ratings, but do not meet the minimum flight hours for employment (low time option). Employees interested in joining the Internal Gateway Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full time employee in good standing for at least one year (financial option)
  • Be a full time employee in good standing for at least six months (low time option)
  • Eligible to work in US
  • Receive a favorable recommendation from your manager or supervisor
  • Receive a recommendation from a Captain at Cape Air
  • Complete the Internal Gateway Application
  • Successfully complete a Cape Air pilot interview
  • Possess a  FAA issued Private Pilot Certificate with Instrument privileges or higher
  • Sign a promissory note regarding your time and financial commitment to Cape Air

If you meet the Internal Gateway criteria listed above and are interested in applying for this opportunity, please complete the Internal Gateway Application, found here:

Once an employee is enrolled in the Internal Gateway Program he/she must successfully complete each of the following phases on an agreed upon timeline.

Phase One:  Submit letters of recommendation along with a completed Internal Gateway application and Pilot Interview and be officially accepted into the program.  Create a plan and timeline to qualify the employee as a Cape Air crew member. This timeline will be based on the employees experience and the number of certificates and ratings required. Phase 1 will be complete when the employee is ready for employment as a pilot for Cape Air (requisite certificates and ratings).

Phase Two: Successfully complete Cape Air initial pilot training, including ground school, flight training, appropriate check-ride and initial operating experience.

Phase Three: Accumulate the requisite flight time. Successfully complete PIC upgrade training and check-ride.

Phase Four: Accumulate the requisite flight time.  Successfully complete ATP upgrade training, check-ride and initial operating experience.

Phase Five: Complete time commitment as stated in signed promissory note as a Captain with Cape Air.

Participants will be required to communicate with the Internal Gateway Lead regularly regarding their progress through each phase. 

If you have any questions regarding the Internal Gateway Program, please send an email to: Gateway@capeair.com

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