CommutAir - Rotor Transition Program

Whether you are a military or civilian helicopter pilot, your training counts at CommutAir (C5). Since many rotor pilots do not meet the FAA ATP or R-ATP minimums, CommutAir will financially assist you with up to $22,100 in making the transition from flying helicopters to soaring in commercial jets.

The C5 Rotor Transition Program, along with the grants available to you, is designed to fund your fixed wing career. With the CommutAir difference, you can choose YOUR local flight school or flying club with 6 months to complete your ATP or R-ATP requirements. This will allow you to build your future while completing your military obligations or current civilian position!

Founded in 1989, C5 operates more than 1,000 weekly flights to 50+ destinations along the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada. The fleet of nearly 40 (and growing) Embraer ERJ145 aircraft is based in Newark, NJ and Washington-Dulles.

Even after 30 years of continuous growth, C5 maintains the family culture and friendly work environment it had at its founding. And even at 1,100 employees, our pilots are known by name, not just a number.

Operating exclusively as a United Express carrier and 40% owned by United Airlines, C5 offers a clear path to the United Flight Deck as a partner in the Aviate program.

How it works

  • Please make sure that you check "Rotor Transition Program (RTP)" on the "Affiliation" section of the application.
  • CommutAir will invite you to interview, after a review of your application.
  • After a successful interview, we will work with you to customize a training plan and timeline, that clearly outlines expectations and requirements with as little as 45 hours per month of flying.
  • You let us know what flight school is conveniently located for you and get an account set up.
  • CommutAir will provide up to $22,100 toward your fixed wing transition training in monthly disbursements.
  • ATP-CTP course and travel/lodging for the course is provided at no cost to you.
Rotor Pilot Hiring Requirements
Military Rotor Pilots Civilian Rotor Pilots
750 total time 1,500 total time
250 hours of fixed-wing time, which must include
100 hours of cross country and 25 night hours
250 hours of fixed-wing time, which must include
100 hours of cross country and 25 night hours
200 hours cross country time 200 hours cross country time
100 hours night time 100 hours night time
75 hours instrument time 75 hours instrument time
25 hours multi-engine time 25 hours multi-engine time


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