JetBlue Program Turns Normal People Into Pilots

JetBlue Program Turns Normal People Into Pilots

The airline company is looking to combat the shortage of pilots by training their own, even if they've never flown before

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 14 september 2017

It’s no secret that there is a shortage of airline pilots, which is a problem as more and more people are flying for business and pleasure. As such, JetBlue is looking for new candidates to take to the cockpit, even ones who have never flown before.

The airline company developed Gateway Select, a special training program for its pilots that took people with little to no flying experiences and turned them into pilots. The program worked out so well for the company that they are once again looking for new recruits. The first round opened in 2016, with 24 chosen applicants out of a pool of 1,5000, including a grocery store clerk, an accountant, and a baggage handler. Trainees will learn about meteorology, aerodynamics and aircraft systems, go through flight simulators, and get in the necessary 1,500 hours of flying experience.

Warren Christie, JetBlue senior vice president of safety, security and air operations, said in an interview with Bloomberg that it is the success of the entering class that prompted the continuation of the program: “We have every intent to continue with this program. We have six others to attract and recruit pilots. This one has been very successful. It opens up aviation careers to individuals that otherwise might never have had the opportunity.”

The applications will be open until September 30th, and the program will last for four years and cost applicants $125,000. Still, if you’re looking for a career change or are just hoping to finally fulfill dreams of taking to the sky.


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