Airline Pilot Program Air Wisconsin Airlines

Hiring Requirements for Air Wisconsin Airlines

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 547

Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200

Headquarters: Appleton, Wisconsin

Bases: Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare); Dulles, VA (IAD); Milwaukee, WI (MKE); Columbia, SC (CAE)

Origin: Founded in 1965, Air Wisconsin Airlines now operates on behalf of United Airlines as United Express with service to over 70 cities in North America.

Homepage: Air Wisconsin Airlines

Airman Trainee Program

Pilots in the Airman Trainee program become part-time Air Wisconsin employees and receive the following benefits from Air Wisconsin Airlines:

  • 401k program with company match incentive
  • Access to in-house CTP course
  • Airline pilot career mentorship and support
  • Referral bonuses
  • Limited flight benefits

Airman Trainee Qualifications:

  • Minimum 19 years of age
  • Current FAA Commercial pilot license and Instrument rating
  • Minimum 500 flight hours; Minimum 250 hours if enrolled in partner flight school
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • No DUI/DWI convictions in the last 10 years
  • Pass drug screen and background check
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Current FAA first class medical certificate

First Officer Hiring Requirements

  • FAA commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • 50 hours of multi-engine fixed-wing flight time (may be reduced to 25)
  • 200 hours cross-country flight time
  • 250 hours fixed-wing PIC
  • 100 hours of cross-country as PIC
  • 100 hours of night flying
  • 75 hours of instrument time (actual or simulated – 50 hours must be in airplanes)
  • 25 hours of night PIC
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and finish ATP written prior to start of New Hire Training
  • Total flight time minimums:
    • 1,500 hours
    • 1,250 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 30 aviation hours
    • 1,000 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 60 aviation hours
    • 750 hours – military flight training graduates

Additionally, candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Current FAA first class medical certificate
  • Current passport
  • IFR Currency
  • FCC Radio Operator’s Permit
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Ability to travel in and out of the United States

Preferred qualification: Accredited college degree – Explore our college degree program

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $36.06 per flight hour

First Officer Signing Bonus: $31,000 ($5,000 paid during first month; $26,000 paid out after IOE)

First Officer Retention Bonus: $18,000 ($10,000 after first year; $8,000 paid out over the course of year 2 if pilot has not upgraded to Captain)

United Airlines Career Path Program (CPP)

Air Wisconsin Airlines pilots in the United Airlines CPP secure United Airlines hiring consideration.

United CPP Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED at time of application; Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required before being hired by United Airlines
  • Actively fly a minimum of one year with Air Wisconsin Airlines
  • Earn minimum of 2,000 Pilot-in-Command hours or 3,000 total hours flying for Air Wisconsin
  • Successful CPP interview with United Airlines
  • Successfully complete United Airlines job fit assessment
  • Allow United Airlines to access Air Wisconsin employment details
  • Complete minimum of one Air Wisconsin initial qualification evaluation and one continuing qualification evaluation
  • Successfully complete required United Airlines professional development process and job fit assessment
  • Pass United Airlines drug screen and background check
  • Receive hiring recommendation from United CPP Administrator and the United Airlines Pilot Selection Board

Although we have tried to provide the most accurate information here regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines, we encourage you to contact the airline you’re interested in working for directly to verify employment requirements.

Learn how much you can earn as a pilot, and learn exactly how to become a pilot. We wish you great success as an airline pilot and hope you land your dream job! Before you fill out that job application, you will need flight training. If you are interested in pursuing a flying career with Air Wisconsin and are interested in receiving your training at our flight school in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, please contact us today!


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