SkyWest Bridge Agreement

Utah State University Aviation is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement withSkyWest Airlines, giving professional pilot students the opportunity to become a SkyWest Airlines first officer. Under the new program, professional pilot students who have been hired by USU as certified flight instructors are eligible to apply for the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program.

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Utah State University flight instructors qualify for the Bridge Program as long as they meet the following requirements:
Pilot certificates must have been earned as a result of training received at USU, or its affiliates' approved flight program or must have been validated and credited according to USU's policies and procedures.
Hold at least an FAA-issued Airplane Multi-engine Commercial Pilot Certificate and an Instrument rating.
Hold a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate.
Have no criminal offenses that would preclude Canadian clearance.
Have had no more than two moving violations on their driving record within the past three years.
Have earned, or maintain, a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Hold a current FAA-issued first class medical certificate.
Hold an FCC radiotelephone operator's permit.
Have no more than three failed check rides.
Have self-disclosed all incidents and accidents that required a report to be filed by the FAA.
Have no "at fault" aircraft accidents.
Have no record of enforcement action on FAA record.


Flight instructors accepted into the program receive the following benefits:
Retain SkyWest date-of-hire while in the program.
Assist with special SkyWest projects such as job fairs and mentoring students.
Receive mentoring guidance and interview preparation through regular check-ins and practice interviews with SkyWest Captains.
Have guaranteed pilot interview with SkyWest Airlines when minimum qualifications are met.

Conditional Employment
Candidates remain in the Bridge Program and qualify for a guaranteed pilot interview by:
Abiding by Utah State University Professional Pilot Program’s CFI Codes of Conduct.
Satisfactorily completing all progress interviews.
Attaining 100+ hours of multi-engine time.
Completing the Utah State University’s Jet Transition Course.

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Final Interview Process
Applicants must meet the required standards for employment and pass all phases of the recruitment process, including:

Behavioral-based interview
CRM evaluation
Technical interview
Simulator evaluation
Debrief interview
Note: Specific areas of focus will be CRM, leadership, attitude, professionalism, organizational fit, use of automation, and phraseology. Upon successful completion of the final interview, the candidate will be offered employment at SkyWest Airlines.


Important: The information on this page is quoted or paraphrased from the SkyWest Airlines Bridge Program Standard Practice. This document is regularly updated and not all current updates may be reflected on this page at any given time. Specific details regarding the Westminster Bridge Program with SkyWest Airlines is governed by the most current standard practice and Letter of Agreement. Those serve as the overriding guiding documents regarding the Bridge Program.