Embry-Riddle and American Eagle establish hiring program
Nov. 15, 2013, Daytona Beach, Fla. - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and American Eagle Airlines are partnering on a pilot-hiring program that will give the school’s Aeronautical Science (professional pilot) graduates an employment advantage with one of the world’s largest regional airlines.
Through its Pilot Pipeline Program, American Airlines affiliate American Eagle will gain a steady supply of airline-qualified pilots by screening, training and hiring Embry-Riddle flight students, who in turn will receive a $10,000 scholarship with a two-year commitment to the program as well as specialized training leading to employment as a commercial airline officer.
“At a time when a pilot shortage is upon us, this program is an outstanding opportunity for our students to acquire valuable experience with a leading airline and meet American Eagle’s employment needs,” said Embry-Riddle President Dr. John P. Johnson.
“Embry-Riddle is one of the top aviation and aerospace colleges in the nation and we’re thrilled they’re joining the American Eagle Pilot Pipeline Program,” said Nicholas Alford, American Eagle's director of pilot recruitment. “We have a long history of hiring top-quality pilots from Embry-Riddle, and we look forward to using this program to provide even more opportunities at American Eagle for Embry-Riddle graduates to start building their careers in commercial aviation.”
To be eligible for the program, Embry-Riddle students must be at the sophomore level or higher and maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average as well as a 3.0 GPA in their major.
Embry-Riddle and American Eagle will monitor and mentor the accepted students to ensure they satisfy the requirements of the pipeline program. After earning their B.S. in Aeronautical Science and Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine flight ratings at Embry-Riddle, the selected graduates will become full-time American Eagle employees while serving as Embry-Riddle flight instructors, accruing additional flight hours. After reaching a certain number of flight hours operating commercial aircraft for American Eagle, they will have a guaranteed interview for a first officer position with American Airlines.
Embry-Riddle has pilot-hiring agreements with other airlines as well — Cape Air/JetBlue, ExpressJet/Delta and SkyWest.