United Airlines - Aviate Entry

United Airlines AviateSM Application
University, Flight Training, and Experience Build Entry Points

What is AviateSM?

AviateSM is a redesigned and reinvigorated pilot development program to source the best pilot talent to operate United Airlines and United Express fleets into the future. AviateSM focuses on engaging pilots earlier in their career so United can help them grow and develop. AviateSM will offer future pilots accessible information about all the ways they can progress to our airline and spotlight why United is the best place to land. Those who apply to AviateSM and are successful in the selection process will not have to interview for a pilot position with United again. AviateSM will also provide support, mentorship and coaching for pilots to develop into leaders whom exemplify the professionalism and level of excellence that United expects from its pilots.

Why AviateSM?

United's success depends upon its ability to attract and retain talented pilots to operate its aircraft and ensure that its passengers are delivered safely and reliably to the 350+ destinations across the globe served by United and United Express. At the same time, United understands that the costs associated with becoming a pilot are significant. Aviate is designed to ease some of the uncertainty faced by flight students and aspiring airline pilots by providing a path to potential employment with United, and clear direction on the qualifications and milestones that must be achieved in order to advance down this path.

Which AviateSM entry point should I apply for?

As mentioned above, flight students and commercial pilots who wish to apply to Aviate have multiple available entry points into the program. Each entry point has specific eligibility criteria, characteristics, and requirements that are determined primarily by the Candidate's experience level and current certifications. As a result, not all entry points are available to, or appropriate for, all Candidates, so it is important that each Candidate understand which is best for his or her career progression.


  • University Entry Point. Candidates who hold a minimum of a private pilot's certificate and are currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in a United-approved aviation major from a participating four-year university are eligible for Aviate's University Entry Point. (CFI's should apply via the Experience Build entry point)

  • Professional Flight Training Entry Point. Candidates who are pursuing a Commercial Pilot Certificate, certified flight instructor certificate (CFI), certified flight instructor-instrument (CFII), or multiengine instructor (MEI) Certificate at a participating professional flight training organization, are eligible for Aviate's Professional Flight Training Entry Point.

  • Experience Build Entry Point. Candidates who are building hours towards an ATP or R-ATP are eligible for Aviate's Experience Build Entry Point. In order to apply to Aviate through the Experience Build Entry Point, a Candidate must have accepted an offer with an employment start date that is within six calendar months of the date of applying to Aviate or be currently employed as either a CFI at a participating professional flight training organization or university, or a commercial pilot at a participating Part 135 operator.

  • UAX Entry Point is available via this link. Candidates who are currently employed as a pilot at a participating United Express carrier or have accepted an offer of employment from a participating United Express carrier, are eligible for Aviate's UAX Entry Point.

Entry Point Eligibility

AviateSM University Entry Point

To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM program through the University Entry Point, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in a United-approved aviation major at a participating Aviate university*, pursuing a Commercial Pilot Certificate, CFI, CFII, or MEI
  2. have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. have completed at least 30 credit hours (equivalency of two semesters) of coursework at the participating university
  4. hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate
  5. be in good standing with the participating Aviate university and have no documented violations of the Student Code of Conduct or have been the subject of any disciplinary actions
  6. have received a written recommendation from the university’s flight program's department chair, associate chair, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, or other department leader approved by United.
* AviateSM universities include:
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Daytona Beach
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Prescott
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • University of North Dakota
  • Western Michigan University

AviateSM Professional Flight Training Entry Point

To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM program through the Professional Flight Training Entry Point, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. currently receiving flight training at a participating Aviate professional flight training organization*, pursuing a Commercial Pilot Certificate, CFI, CFII, or MEI
  2. hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate
  3. be in good standing with your participating Aviate professional flight school
  4. have received a written recommendation from the participating AviateSM professional flight school’s management team.
  5. have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is preferred to transition to United.
* AviateSM professional flight training organizations include:
  • ATP
  • FlightSafety
  • Hillsboro Aero Academy
  • US Aviation Academy
  • Westwind School of Aeronautics

AviateSM Experience Build Entry Point

Experienced candidates who are already building hours towards an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) or R-ATP are encouraged to apply through the AviateSM Experience Build Entry Point. To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM program through the Experience Build Entry Point, a candidate must have one of the following:

  1. Accepted an offer with an employment start date that is within six calendar months of the date of applying to Aviate or be currently employed as a flight instructor with:
    • ATP
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Daytona Beach
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Prescott
    • FlightSafety
    • Florida Institute of Technology
    • Hillsboro Aero Academy
    • LAT
    • University of North Dakota
    • US Aviation Academy
    • Western Michigan University
    • Westwind School of Aeronautics
  2. Accepted an offer with an employment start date that is within six calendar months of the date of applying to Aviate or be currently employed as commercial pilot with:
    • Ameriflight
    • Boutique Air

AviateSM UAX Entry Point   (Please follow this link)

Candidates who have completed or are nearing completion of the necessary flight hours to be eligible for their ATP or R-ATP, are encouraged to apply through the AviateSM UAX Entry Point. To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM program through the UAX Entry Point, a candidate must either:

  1. have accepted an offer of employment from a participating United Express carrier* with an initial training class date that is within six calendar months.
  2. be currently employed as a pilot at a participating United Express carrier*
  3. be a former United Flight Ops intern who is currently working at a Part 121 regional carrier (ending March 2020)
* AviateSM participating United Express carriers include:
  • Air Wisconsin
  • CommutAir
  • ExpressJet
  • Mesa Airlines

To better understand the right entry point for you, please visit unitedaviate.com



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