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Do Any Airlines Pay for Pilot Training

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Beginning the path to any new career can be daunting, especially for one as skilled as becoming a pilot. It can mean quitting your current job, uprooting your life and relocating for school, years of training, honing your skills and building hours. And that’s all without even thinking about the cost! It comes as no surprise then to find that prospective pilots want to know: do any airlines pay for pilot training? If you’re looking to find that answer you’ve come to the right place!

Do Any Airlines Pay for Pilot Training? Yes! 

Let’s not beat around the bush, the answer is yes! Our partners at SkyWest Airlines offer tuition reimbursement packages to help cover part of the cost of your tuition!

At AeroGuard we try to make the financials the simplest part of going to flight school, and that means making a clear pathway for repaying loans, recovering expenses and more. It’s why our tuition is all-inclusive, including 7 different FAA Ratings & certifications, checkride and test fees, unlimited SIM time in the Redbird Simulators, unlimited overage hours on flight time… It goes on. Still, that tuition is money and for some, that hurdle can be a large one to take on.  That’s why we partner with SkyWest to ensure that AeroGuard cadets have a quality airline to continue their career with, who cares about their training and wants to see them succeed.

Whether RTP or Pilot Pathway, SkyWest Has a Plan

Students who commit to flying with SkyWest Airlines following their graduation from the AeroGuard program can receive huge benefits to their career! They can be a part of the Pilot Pathway program to begin receiving seniority and benefit eligibility as soon as you’re a cadet. Receiving mentorship from SkyWest pilots who are doing the job day in, day out. Immersing cadets into the culture and life of a pilot straight from day one helps them to see just how the career will play out for them.

And of course, the whole point of this blog in the first place: tuition reimbursement.

Tuition Reimbursement with SkyWest Airlines

SkyWest offers all of these programs and benefits because they want the same thing you do: qualified, highly trained pilots who care. That’s why they offer a generous tuition reimbursement program to make the transition from AeroGuard cadet to SkyWest pilot as seamless as possible. Cadets who make that commitment to SkyWest following their initial operating experience can receive thousands of dollars in tuition reimbursement!

Pilot Pathway Reimbursement 

Students taking part in the Pilot Pathway Program at the Phoenix, Chandler, Austin, or Riverside campuses who then move on and work with SkyWest can receive $17,500 in tuition reimbursement. This is the highest tuition reimbursement SkyWest offers out of all schools they have chosen to partner with. The reimbursement will come after completing the Initial Operating Experience at SkyWest Airlines. In the grand timeline of your career, this will be after you finish your first two phases of training with AeroGuard. 

Rotor Transition Reimbursement

Pilots in the rotor transition program are already skilled pilots in their own right. They’ve mastered the rotor and are in a perfect spot to evolve their career to the fixed wing and become commercial airline pilots. To reflect that professional history and skill, AeroGuard and SkyWest offer up to $27,500 in bonuses and tuition reimbursement to help cover that transition in career with allowing students to take $20,000 of that upfront to put towards tuition. The remaining $7,500 is offered to our military veterans after completing their initial operating experience.

SkyWest doesn’t just offer tuition reimbursement either! SkyWest has truly incredible opportunities for career advancement. First Officers can upgrade to Captains in as little as three months, as soon as they have completed their FAR 121-436 requirements. They have twenty domiciles across the U.S. to be based out of. Their pay scale rapidly increases over the first 3 years, almost doubling from year 1 to 3.

Do any airlines pay for pilot training? Making the right career choice with AeroGuard and SkyWest can see you quickly handling your flight school tuition.

SkyWest and AeroGuard partnered up for the good of our pilots and the industry as a whole. We want to train the finest airline pilots flying and that means supporting them in whatever ways we can: from all-inclusive tuition to offering tuition reimbursement as they progress. Money should not be the limiting factor in prospective pilots careers, and we want to help as much as we can.

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