United Airlines - Aviate UAX Pathway

What is Aviate?

Aviate is a redesigned and reinvigorated pilot recruitment and development program to source the best pilot talent to operate United Airlines and United Express fleets into the future. Aviate focuses on recruiting pilots earlier in their career so United has the ability to help them grow and develop. Aviate 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 Aviate and are successful in the selection process will receive a conditional job offer with the airline. Aviate 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.

United Pilot Overview

A United pilot is a member of the flight crew who is responsible for the safe, comfortable, on-time and efficient operation of the aircraft. A pilot flying as captain is the pilot-in-command and the final decision-making authority regarding the operation of the aircraft, although it is the responsibility of the first officer to contribute to the decision-making process. The captain represents United as the onsite leader responsible for the safety and welfare of the crew and passengers, while also promoting a favorable image of United in accordance with company policies.

Responsibilities of all United Pilots

  • Correctly assess the current and anticipated environment, and identify and anticipate operational threats or errors
  • Exercise responsibilities in a manner that promotes teamwork, professionalism and mentorship
  • Incorporate relevant information, develop operational strategies and choose the best course of action consistent with safe, reliable and efficient operation of the aircraft
  • Exchange information, ideas and instructions in a timely manner
  • Actively verify aircraft systems, position and configuration, and crewmember actions, and resolve inconsistency or uncertainty
  • Effectively manage tasks to optimize overall performance
  • Select appropriate level of automation for the situation and for every automation status
  • Exercise sound judgment in the safe and efficient operation of the flight
  • Operate in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and company policies

In addition, the captain:

  • Advises and mentors the first officer in accordance with company policy and procedures
  • Acts as the inflight security coordinator
  • Provides final decision-making authority as to the operation of the aircraft

In addition, the first officer:

  • Acts as second-in-command in the operation of the aircraft
  • Assumes the role of pilot-in-command should the captain become incapacitated

Minimum qualifications to transition to United from your Pathway

Certification requirements:

  • Unrestricted FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with airplane multiengine class rating
  • Current FAA first-class medical certificate
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit (RR)
Flight time requirement:
  • Minimum of 1,000 hours of fixed-wing turbine time
General requirements:
  • Current, valid passport
  • Legal right to work in the United States
  • Must be able to travel freely within the United States and without restriction to all countries United serves
    • Some countries place entry restrictions on foreign visitors. For instance, Canada prohibits entry to people who have been convicted of criminal offenses or who have criminal charges currently pending against them. Some convictions that make a person inadmissible for entry into Canada include theft, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and several felonies and misdemeanors. There are procedures to seek special permission or waivers from Canada to permit entry, but these are not automatic. This is not a complete list of countries with restrictions.
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university is preferred
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

Aviate UAX Pathway

Candidates who are nearing completion of the necessary flight hours to be eligible for their ATP or R-ATP, are encouraged to apply for the AviateSM UAX Pathway. To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM program through the UAX Pathway, a candidate must be currently employed as a pilot at a participating United Express carrier which currently includes Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet, or Mesa Airlines.

To be eligible to apply to the AviateSM UAX Pathway program through the UAX Pathway, a candidate must be:

  1. Currently employed as a pilot at a participating United Express carrier which currently includes Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet, or Mesa Airlines.
  2. A current United Flight Ops Intern who is currently working at a Part 121 regional carrier
Candidates who are accepted into the AviateSM UAX Pathway

  1. without having first completed the required flight hours for ATP or R-ATP eligibility, must complete the necessary flight hours and accept an employment offer with a participating United Express carrier.
  2. are required to serve as pilots with a participating United Express carrier for a specified amount of time and number of flight hours.
  • Upon meeting the time of service and flight hour requirements, Candidates who have satisfied all other applicable AviateSM requirements are eligible to transition to United as a First Officer and take the next steps in their career journeys.

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

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