Airline Pilot Program Republic Airways

Hiring Requirements for Republic Airways

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 2445

Aircraft Type: Embraer 170/175

Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana

Bases: Columbus, OH (CMH); Washington, DC (DCA – Reagan National); Newark, NJ (EWR); Houston, TX (IAH); Indianapolis, IN (IND); New York, NY (LGA – LaGuardia); Kansas City, MO (MCI); Miami, FL (MIA); Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare); Philadelphia, PA (PHL); Pittsburgh, PA (PIT)

Origin: Founded in 1973 as Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airways now operates on behalf of American Airlines, Delta, and United Airlines with service to over 100 cities across the US, Canada,Central America, and the Caribbean.

Homepage: Republic Airways

RJet Pilot Prep Program

Students and Certified Flight Instructors in the RJet Pilot Prep program receive the following benefits from Republic Airways:

  • Exclusive access to Republic Airways events
  • Opportunity to participate in the “Flight Time Initiative” program, which provides funding for the remaining 100 flight hours needed to meet minimums
  • Funding for ATP-CTP course once minimum ATP/R-ATP requirements are met
  • Funding for hotel and ground transport during ATP-CTP course
  • Secured spot in First Officer training class once minimum requirements are met

RJet Pilot Prep Qualifications:

  • FAA Instrument rating and Commercial license
  • Enrolled flight school student or FAA Certified Flight Instructor
  • Maximum of 1000 flight hours
  • Maximum of one failed check ride
  • Current FAA First Class Medical certificate
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone license
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Current driver’s license
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Interview with recruiter and line pilot

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

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $45 per flight hour

First Officer Signing Bonus: Up to $17,500 (paid out over 2 years of service)

Pilot Referral Bonuses: Up to $4,000 (per successful referral)

Our flight school provides the training you need to get started for a career with Republic Airways. 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.