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Learn to fly at one of our Aviate partner universities

Auburn University California Aeronautical University Delaware State University Elizabeth City State University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Tech Hampton University Kent State University Lewis University Louisiana Tech University Metropolitan State University of Denver Middle Georgia State University The Ohio State University Purdue University Southern Illinois University University of Nebraska Omaha University of North Dakota Western Michigan University

We’re looking for talented candidates who:

  • Reflect our leadership qualities, including the ability to model character, think creatively, deliver results and foster teamwork
  • Share our commitment to the principles of core4 service behaviors: Safe, Caring, Dependable and Efficient
  • Demonstrate a passion for the industry and a lifelong dedication to excellence and achievement

The partner university process

Details and requirements

Step 1 Meet minimum eligibility requirements

  • Completed two semesters of full-time coursework at an Aviate university partner pursuing, or graduated with, an R-ATP eligible aviation major
  • Be in good standing with your university and uphold their student code of conduct
  • Hold a minimum of a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a valid FAA medical certificate that was originally issued as a first or second-class medical certificate
  • Have no more than three primary training failures

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Step 2 Apply to Aviate

  • Submit an application Apply now
  • Complete the selection process, which includes:
    • A panel interview
    • Personality and cultural fit inventory
    • A technical skill interview

When you join Aviate, you’ll gain access to:

  • A direct path. Aviate participants can transition to United as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Aviate program and hiring requirements
  • Travel privileges. Aviate participants enjoy travel privileges to United destinations around the world
  • Coaching. Aviate participants will have the opportunity to participate in a coaching program and receive mentorship from United pilots
  • Culture. You'll gain deeper connections with our United team, with access to senior leadership, site visits and tours, and an inside look at our inclusive culture

Step 3 Complete training

  • Obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating

Step 4 Build toward your R-ATP certification

  • While we have many quality partners where you can gain valuable experience, you can also work as a commercial pilot at another operator, instruct at your local airport or build hours in any other manner that you would like. Our partners include:

    Partner universities

    Auburn University California Aeronautical University Delaware State University Elizabeth City State University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Tech Hampton University Kent State University Lewis University Louisiana Tech University Metropolitan State University of Denver Middle Georgia State University The Ohio State University Purdue University Southern Illinois University University of Nebraska Omaha University of North Dakota Western Michigan University

    Partner flight schools

    ATP Cornerstone Aviation Epic Flight Academy Phoenix East Aviation US Aviation Academy

    Part 135 operators

    Ameriflight JSX Tradewind Wiggins Airways
  • Build toward R-ATP minimum of 1,000 hours

Step 5 Fly with an Aviate United Express carrier or Part 135 operator

Flying with our Aviate-participating United Express (UAX) carriers or Part 135 operators provides invaluable flying experience.

United Express carriers

CommuteAir GoJet Airlines Mesa Airlines

Part 135 operators

Ameriflight JSX Tradewind Wiggins Airways
  • Secure your path to a United First Officer position by completing 1,200 PIC (Pilot in Command) hours with an Aviate-participating UAX carrier or Part 135 operator
  • For full details, see Chapter 5 of the APG

Step 6 Transition to United as a First Officer

Once you complete your minimum transition requirements, you will be eligible to transition to United as a First Officer.

You must also meet the following to be eligible for transition:

  • Current passport with at least six-months of validity remaining at time of employment
  • Legal right to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Must be able to travel freely within the United States and without restriction to all countries United serves
  • Meet all additional First Officer hiring requirements

You will be assigned a First Officer class date and start at United within four (4) months of meeting the PIC hours requirement.

Any questions?

Full details regarding Aviate eligibility and transition requirements can be found in the Aviate Program Guide (APG). For questions not covered in the APG, please provide your information and question in the space provided, and we’ll get back to you soon.

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