Rotor Transition Program - AeroGuard

Rotor Transition Program

As an experienced helicopter pilot, you’re in a position to rapidly begin a new career as a commercial airline pilot. Your unique combination of experience, discipline, and commitment makes you an extremely valuable pilot.

In AeroGuard’s Rotor to Fixed Wing Program in partnership with SkyWest Airlines, you’ll be able to complete all your training needed to transition into a career as a commercial airline pilot in about 4 months. AeroGuard has partnered with SkyWest Airlines to offer up to $27,500 in bonuses and tuition reimbursement for rotor transition pilots.

When entering into this program, you’ll receive a guaranteed interview with SkyWest and potentially a conditional job offer with SkyWest as a First Officer. SkyWest Airlines is the largest regional airline in the nation with 20 domiciles across the country from the West Coast to the East Coast. SkyWest offers incredible career opportunities to their pilots as well. First Officers can upgrade to Captain in as little as three months as soon as they have their FAR 121-436 requirements.

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About SkyWest

  • Flight Agreements with Delta, United, American, and Alaska Airlines
  • 20 domiciles from coast to coast
  • An unmatched culture of professionalism, teamwork, and success
  • Best-in-class training focusing on creating highly sought-after pilots
  • Competitive pay and benefits¬†

AeroGuard offers the Rotor Transition Program at all campuses. New classes starting each month. For more information, complete the form below to be connected to an enrollment advisor.

Rotor to Fixed Wing Accelerated Training Program

  • Receive a Conditional Job Offer

    We recommend applying for the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program but you may apply to another regional airline of your choosing. Many regional airlines will allow you to interview and receive a conditional job offer prior to the start of your training at your chosen flight school.

    The regional airline of your choice may go through an hour review with you and give you a list of requirements you will need to hit in order to reach the ATP minimums and continue on with your career as a First Officer. If that is not provided for you, our team of experts can do that for you as well and build a custom quote to ensure all your requirements are met prior to starting with your regional airline.

  • Enroll in the AeroGuard Training Program

    First we will put together your custom quote based on your individual needs to ensure your ATP minimums are met and enroll you into the program according to those requirements. If you’ve entered into the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program, you have the option to apply $20,000 of your tuition reimbursement through SkyWest Airlines upfront towards the cost of your tuition. Financing options are also available for those who qualify.

  • Start Training with AeroGuard

    AeroGuard’s transition program will take you through a PPL conversion, IR certificate and ultimately your CPLME for fixed wing aircraft. In order to meet the necessary 250 hours of Pilot in Command (PIC) time in airplanes, you will conduct dual crew operations throughout the course. These will be scheduled in 8 hour blocks around the clock. All training can be completed in about 4 months.

  • Begin Training with the Regional Airlines

    Once you’ve completed the AeroGuard program and have your required ATP minimums, you’ll need to begin your ATP-CTP training. Some regional airlines will take care of that training for you such as our partner SkyWest Airlines. If moving on to SkyWest Airlines, your First Officer pay begins day one of CTP training. SkyWest’s CTP course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. The indoctrination and jet training then lasts approximately 8-10 weeks. Once the Initial Operating Experience (IOE) has been completed, military veterans will receive an additional $7,500 in tuition reimbursement from SkyWest Airlines.

Accelerated Training Timeline

  • AeroGuard’s RTP accelerated program takes approximately 12-16 weeks
  • SkyWest Airlines First Officer pay begins day one of CTP training
  • SkyWest’s CTP training will take approximately¬†2-3 weeks
  • SkyWest’s indoctrination and jet training lasts approximately 8-10 weeks

Option to receive $20,000 of tuition reimbursement upfront

SkyWest provides additional $7,500 bonus to military veterans upon completion of IOE

Financing options are available to qualified candidates.

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