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ATP Flight School and Mountain Air Cargo Form Preferred Hiring Gateway Program

ATP Flight School and Mountain Air Cargo have reconfirmed their partnership and a shared commitment to developing professional pilots, through forming a Preferred Hiring Gateway program and promoting a career path to FedEx with the Purple Runway Pathways program.

By taking advantage of this unique partnership, ATP instructors are provided with streamlined advancement to a pilot position with Mountain Air Cargo. This career path for Airline Career Pilot Program graduates offers pilots the opportunity to gain valuable pilot in command time and part 121 and 135 flight experience while being mentored by senior pilots. Tuition Reimbursement Programs are also available through feeder operators.

After 6 months of employment with Mountain Air Cargo, eligible ATP graduates have the opportunity to enter the Purple Runway Pathways program, providing an efficient and direct path to a pilot career at FedEx. This innovative program offers ATP instructors who become Mountain Air Cargo pilots and are accepted into the Purple Runway Pathways program the opportunity to participate in the FedEx pilot selection process and interview, once required qualifications are met. This program makes ATP and Mountain Air Cargo the first and last stop for aspiring pilots seeking a career with the world’s largest freight operator.

Trans States Airlines Sweetens Offer for First Officers

As recently as 2008 pilots entering the airline industry with a regional airline could expect to earn $25,000 in the first year. Ten years later, first year pay has increased exponentially and keeps increasing as the pilot shortage forces airlines to compete with each other for new airline pilots entering the industry. An article in AOPA highlights the kind of pressure the regional airlines are feeling to raise wages and attract talented new pilots. Continue reading