Airline Pilot Program Horizon Air

Hiring Requirements for Horizon Air

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 850

Aircraft Type: Bombardier Dash-8 Q400; Embraer E175

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Bases: Medford, OR (MFR); Seattle, WA (SEA); Portland, OR (PDX); Boise, ID (BOI); Spokane, WI (GEG)

Origin: Founded in 1981, Horizon Air provides service to over 45 cities in the United States and Canada.

Homepage: Horizon Air

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 qualifications:

  • Accredited college degree – Explore our college degree program
  • 100 hours multi-engine fixed-wing flight time
  • 100 hours flown in past 2 years

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $40,000

First Officer Signing Bonus: Up to $25,000

Year One Company Performance Bonus: Up to $5,200

Pilot Referral Bonus: Up to $3,000 (per successful referral)

Alaska Airlines Pilot Pathways Program

Horizon Air pilots in the Alaska Airlines Pilot Pathways Program secure Alaska Airlines hiring consideration.

Alaska Airlines Pilot Pathways Qualifications:

  • Actively fly a minimum of 50 hours with Horizon Air within the past year
  • Current FAA first class medical certificate
  • Successful interview with Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines pilot and recruiter
  • Allow Alaska Airlines to access Horizon Air employment and performance details
  • Complete Horizon Air continuing qualification

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 Horizon Air and are interested in receiving your training at our flight school in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, please contact us today!


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