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Pilot Pathway Program

Your Clear Path To Airline Pilot

Zero Flight Experience Needed

AeroGuard’s Pilot Pathway Program provides a clear path to become an airline pilot, taking students from little or no prior experience, directly to the professional airlines all in partnership with SkyWest Airlines, the largest regional airline in the U.S., flying for American, United, Delta and Alaska Airlines.

With three Phases, the career path is clear and designed for success.

Students begin Phase 1 by learning the fundamentals of flight and executing training missions to gain 7 FAA Ratings & Certificates.

Phase 2 offers a Guaranteed Interview to work as a paid Certified Flight Instructor, building flight experience to 1,500 hours required to work as an Airline Pilot in the U.S. Lastly Phase 3 with SkyWest Airlines offering a Guaranteed First Officer Interview and Tuition Reimbursement!

As graduates of AeroGuard’s Pilot Pathway Program, SkyWest Airlines pilots are able to Take Control of their Career, and as Captains receive Guaranteed Pilot Interview with 3 Major Airlines: Delta, United and Alaska, furthering the Pathway Program all the way the Majors.

This makes the Pilot Pathway Program unique by allowing students to Take Control of Their Career with a route into four major airlines, something not offered by other flight programs.

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Phase 1

Student Pilot

12-14 Months

The Student Pilot Phase sets the groundwork for your career as you build the skills, experience, knowledge, and confidence you need to become a pilot at an airline. You will receive first-class training from a carefully optimized syllabus and will graduate with 7 FAA ratings : PPL, IR, CPLSE & ME, CFI, CFII, MEI.

At AeroGuard, we place a priority on student support, so you will always have the resources and guidance you need to thrive as a student pilot.

Phase 2

Paid Flight Instructor

14 - 18 Months

After completing phase 1, you will have the opportunity to become a paid Certified Flight Instructor at AeroGuard.

Here you will build the experience and flight hours required to be eligible for a career at the airlines. As an AeroGuard Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), you will be a full-time employee with benefits including paid vacation, holidays, sick time, medical, dental and 401k with company match.

Final Phase

SkyWest Interview

At 1500 Hours

Following the completion of your two phases of training, you will have the opportunity to interview with and transition to SkyWest Airlines, the largest regional airline in the country. Here is where you’ll complete your Airline Transport Pilot (ATP/CTP) Type Rating and Initial Operating Experience (I.O.E) to become a professional airline pilot, all paid for by SkyWest Airlines.

Your career as a commercial airline pilot has officially taken flight!

FAA Approved Course – Save Up to 15%!

The AeroGuard Pilot Pathway Program features a specially approved FAA course, which means you can complete your training in less time, and with less expense, saving up to 15% compared with other top flight schools!

This Reduced Hours course was custom built in-house by AeroGuard and approved by the FAA based on our high quality training environment and structure, meaning you can save time and money, while keeping the high level of pilot instruction you expect from AeroGuard.

This course is only available for students starting with no prior experience and at select AeroGuard Campuses.

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Pilots are in high demand and global need is projected to rise. If you are looking for an exciting career with high income potential, then becoming a commercial airline pilot is for you. 

In partnership with SkyWest, the Pilot Pathway Program offers the best way for you to fly with a life-changing career in Aviation.

Our SkyWest Cadets, receive additional benefits including enhanced seniority at SkyWest, a guaranteed final interview and access to pilot mentors throughout your training and more.

There has never been a better time to take the first step in becoming a commercial pilot and AeroGuard is proud to be the a leading pilot education provider.

Complete Pathway to 4 Major Airlines

The Pilot Pathway Program offers a complete, clear path from no prior aviation experience all the way to becoming a professional pilot at the largest U.S. Regional Airline, SkyWest Airlines. In addition to this, SkyWest Airlines Captains can now receive Guaranteed Pilot interviews at 3 Major Airlines: United, Delta, and Alaska Airlines – making this a complete Pathway for your entire pilot career.

Some other programs may lock you in to one Major Airline, on their terms and timeframe, or have arms-length partnerships with many airlines giving you no specific hiring advantage. AeroGuard’s Pilot Pathway Program is different, offering you clear advantages and pathway, but with the flexibility for you to Take Control of Your Career.

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Benefits for SkyWest Cadets

  • $17,500 Tuition Reimbursement after completion of SkyWest I.O.E.
  • Guaranteed First Officer Final Interview with SkyWest Airlines
  • Fast Track to 3 Major Airlines – Take Control of Your Career
  • Higher Seniority From Day One
  • Pilot Mentorship – regular campus visits, interview preparation and more.
  • Cadets visit SkyWest to Tour facilities – including flight & lodging.


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AeroGuard has a simple goal: We create the best-trained pilots in the industry, on an accelerated timeline, setting them up for long and successful careers as professional aviators.

Our Flight Training Programs are accelerated, with professionally focused, high quality curricula that enable our students to seamlessly transition to working for an airline.

Ground support includes award winning safety and maintenance teams, mentorship and career guidance to keep you focused and progressing through the program.

While our programs are accelerated, we understand the need to rest and recover, so our curriculum is balanced with classroom training, flight missions, and off-days to study and or relax before your next exam.

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Pilot Pathway Program Locations

AeroGuard flight school campuses are strategically located in areas across the U.S. that offer the perfect combination of weather, climate and airspace conditions for year-round flight training.

With optional housing available within minutes of most locations, our students can easily relocate and complete their training in the shortest time frame to start their career.

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