Airline Pilot Program Compass Airlines

Hiring Requirements for Compass Airlines

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 724

Aircraft Type: Embraer 175

Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bases: Los Angeles, CA (LAX); Seattle, WA (SEA); Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

Origin: Founded in 2006, Compass Airlines now operates on behalf of American Airlines as American Eagle and Delta Airlines as Delta Connection with service to over 40 locations in North America.

Homepage: Compass Airlines

Campus Ambassador Program

Student pilots accepted to the Campus Ambassador Program work part-time to as a campus liaison and receive the following benefits from Compass Airlines:

  • $10 per hour
  • Limited flight benefits
  • Pilot referral bonuses
  • Secured spot in First Officer training class once minimum requirements are met
  • Signing bonus distributed after being hired as a First Officer

Campus Ambassador Qualifications:

  • FAA Private Pilot license
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Ability to participate in Compass Airlines recruiting efforts
  • Coordinate and participate in monthly Compass Airlines paid recruiting events at your flight school campus
  • Manage social media for your flight school campus
  • 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 (company covers cost of ATP-CTP for successful candidates)
  • 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

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $42.13 per flight hour

First Officer Signing Bonus: $7,500

Pilot Referral Bonuses: $10,000 (per successful referral)

Frontier Flow Program

Compass Airlines pilots in the Frontier Flow Program secure a Frontier Airlines First Officer position.

Frontier Flow Qualifications:

  • After IOE, First Officers must fly for a minimum of two years with Compass Airlines
  • Pilots that upgrade to Captain must fly for a minimum of one year with Compass Airlines

Our flight school provides the training you need to get started for a career with Compass Airlines. We wish you well in your commercial airline pilot career and hope you land your dream job!


Although we strive to provide the most accurate information regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines, we encourage you to confirm the above information directly with the airline.