CommutAir - Rotor Transition Program

Founded in 1989, CommutAir operates as United Express and is majority-owned by Champlain Enterprises, Inc. and 40% owned by United Airlines, Inc. CommutAir operates 900+ weekly flights to 30+ destinations, using the Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, from bases in Newark, NJ, and Washington-Dulles. CommutAir’s 900+ employees are well-known in the industry for fostering a family culture and a friendly work environment.

Whether you are a military or civilian helicopter pilot, your training counts at CommutAir. 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 with ease. As an airline pilot with CommutAir, you will be on the fast track to a United Airlines flight deck through our United Career Path Program.

The CommutAir 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!

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.
  • ATP-CTP course 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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