Flying Salukis among “Best Programs” in partnership with Delta’s Pilot Career Path – The Daily Egyptian
Delta Airlines is recruiting potential pilots at Southern Illinois University Carbondale as part of the Propel Pilot Career Path program, according to a 24 august announcement.
Established in 2018, the Delta program has partnerships with 14 schools, all four-year universities or flight schools, depending on their website.
Responsible for pilot awareness Kevin mason said Delta launched the program in anticipation of a pilot shortage.
“There was a looming pilot shortage at the start of not only Delta, but the entire aviation industry in the United States and around the world,” Mason noted. “Delta knew this was coming and put together a team in the 2017 time to think about how we should consider looking for pilots in the future. “
In the past, Delta would have pilots from the army and various regional airlines to apply for pilot positions, and wished to develop new sources to recruit future pilots, Mason noted.
“What we wanted to do was create a program where we could proactively recruit pilots,” Mason noted. “The of them different sources from which we do this are college aviation students who are enrolled in professional flight programs as well as our own internal employees.
Mason said Delta calls it a qualifying job offer (QJO), which means students must graduate, become an instructor to meet air transport pilot minimums (ATP), choose from of them avenues offered and eventually work for.
“We have an application window that we host once a year, usually during the fall period”, Mason noted. “Students enrolled in our partner universities who are juniors, seniors or graduates in the past six months are all eligible to apply.
Michael Burgener Aviation School Acting Director said it was their first partnership with a major airline and a major international carrier.
“Our alumni who work at Delta contacted us and asked if we wanted to be a part of it when they heard that Delta was doing this. ” Burgener noted.
He said a pilot must go through different phases of flight training and certification before flying for Delta.
Because UIS-CThe aviation program is subject to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations students are required to have thousand hours of flight which they acquire as a flight instructor after graduation.
“When they get to thousand hours of flight a large part of the faculty will leave and work for a regional airline for a few years ”, Burgener noted. “What this program does is that it allows Delta Airlines, a big airline that’s the destination for most of my students here, to come in, interview students, and whoever they want to hire, they’ll go ahead and hire them.
At present UIS-Cthe aviation program of around 300 students fly, and Delta interviews the best students for a possible position in their program.
“It’s the same program that all the other students take,” Burgener noted. “What are these students doing when applying for the Propulsion program will they be interviewed by representatives of Delta Airlines, and those who Delta wants to hire, they will hire as students and progress through the various stages.
Burgener said to have a business like Delta helping students on their career path is extremely valuable for the school.
“Delta only does it with the best programs… The vast majority of flight schools are at two-year schools or even at airports,” said Burgener. “To be competitive in the aviation education industry, you pretty much have to have programs like this.
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