San Diego Christian College has announced a new agreement with American Eagle Airlines that will allow aviation students a direct pathway to a career with the airline. A recent agreement with American Eagle will give graduates of SDC’s Aviation programme more opportunities to launch their airline careers by creating a pipeline from collegiate aviation – through flight instruction – to a guaranteed job with the regional airline. After two years with AEA, pipeline pilots get a guaranteed interview with parent company, American Airlines.
Captain Denny Breslin, a former American Airlines pilot, announced the new agreement where American Eagle (which will soon change its name to Envoy) will hire SDC’s qualified graduates — those who meet requirements ranging from grade-point average in aviation courses to accumulated flight time — for its Pilot Pipeline Programme.
“The programme helps ensure we have the airline-qualified pilots we need for the future and eases the transition from school to the airline for programme participants,” said Nicholas Brice, who negotiated the deal for Eagle’s pilot recruitment. “The participation of schools like San Diego Christian in our programme is a win-win for both us and graduates looking for careers as commercial pilots.”
The so-called pipeline programme allows pilots with commercial and instrument ratings to interview with the airline and be accepted as undergraduates. Upon graduation, pipeline pilots would be paid to flight-instruct SDC students until they reach the minimum flight hours for employment as a first officer with AEA.
“The demand for pilots is just beginning and will peak in the mid-2020s. This is the best hiring window for commercial pilots since the 1960s,” added Captain Breslin. “For the first time since I’ve been the Director of Aviation at SDC, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for aviation students and their parents to see where the enormous investment in an aviation education is worth the cost.”