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    Originally posted by Bloomberg
    JetBlue’s proposed recruitment program would train pilots from scratch to fly smaller 100-seat jets like this one. (Photo: iStock/csfotoimages)
    JetBlue is launching a pilot-training program that will recruit students with no flight experience and train them up from scratch via its own program. As Bloomberg News reports, similar approaches are already being used by European and Asian carriers, but this would be the first in the U.S.
    Traditionally, potential airline pilots gain their minimum required flight hours from the military or as instructors in flight schools. JetBlue’s approach will break from the norm in that it will seek out total newbies and train them via its own curriculum.
    To be fair, the airline isn’t planning on picking people at random and putting them in the cockpit. The applicants will take academic classes, spend time in simulators to gain experience flying in bad weather and other difficult situations, and will work with a partner company to accumulate 1,500 hours of flying experience and meet other minimum legal requirements for commercial pilots.
    “The program is designed to accommodate prospective trainees with little-to-no aviation experience, but who pass a rigorous selection process,” JetBlue spokesperson Doug McGraw told Bloomberg News.
    Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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    I think not the first in the U.S. though. Although it is no longer in business Comair had one in Sanford Florida for many years.


    • #3
      I first heard mention of this from some JetBlue people way back in 2006 when the first kinda-sorta mini-shortage of pilots reared its head. At that time, some believed that the legacies would clean out the regionals in order to replace their massive age 60-related retirements, and "second-tier" (whatever that means) carriers such as JetBlue would have a hard time attracting pilots, especially since their massive expansion had by then slowed somewhat. Then age 65 happened, followed by 2008-2009 recession, both of which put the kibosh on that whole conversation.