SkyWest Airlines - Case Study
SkyWest’s Strategic Partnership with AeroGuard Helps Develop its Future Pilots
SkyWest Airlines entered into a strategic partnership with AeroGuard Flight Training Center in 2018 to professionally train and source their future pilots. With a looming pilot shortage and increased recruitment competition for suitably trained pilots in the U.S., this partnership provides SkyWest with a pipeline of highly-trained candidates, and offers resources and benefits for these cadets that set them up for success.
Through this program, student pilots will earn 7 FAA Ratings and Certifications with AeroGuard’s established training processes and structured curricula, where they are then guaranteed an interview with AeroGuard to become a Certified Flight Instructor to build the required 1,500 flight hours and further enhance their skills. After reaching 1,500 Hours, pilots receive a guaranteed interview with SkyWest Airlines for a First Officer Position to start their professional pilot career!
“AeroGuard delivers a high-quality training experience, in a professional environment with supporting management processes, that prepares students to become professional pilots. As a result, AeroGuard trained pilots are among our top recruits.”
Wade Steel, Chief Commercial Officer, SkyWest
The Pilot Pathway Program continues to see significant growth and success within its enrollment. AeroGuard plans to enroll more than 400 student pilots each year into the Pilot Pathway Program, with more than 1,000 total students since the program began.
This partnership helps develop a pipeline of highly-trained and capable pilots for SkyWest, and AeroGuard Alumni have reaped the benefits of this program, launching their professional careers with SkyWest Airlines!