JetBlue Launches ‘Gateway Select’ Pilot Training Program
-- Innovative Approach Aims to
Increase Number of Highly Trained Pilots While Making the Dream of
Becoming a Pilot More Accessible to Anyone With the Natural
-- JetBlue Partners With Industry
Leader CAE --
-- Candidates Can Apply Starting
NEW YORK - March
7, 2016 - JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) today announced the
launch of its seventh pilot recruiting pathway, Gateway Select, the
airline's new competency-based training program for aspiring
pilots. Applications for Gateway Select can be submitted starting
today at http://pilots.jetblue.com.
JetBlue also announced it will partner with CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX:
CAE) to help deliver Gateway Select's training curriculum,
leveraging CAE's experience in delivering competency-based training
programs to airlines throughout the world.
Gateway Select allows participants the opportunity to become
JetBlue pilots after completing a rigorous four-year training
program that incorporates classroom learning, extensive real-world
flying experience and instruction in full-flight simulators. The
highly selective program is designed specifically for candidates
without previous aviation training who demonstrate the most desired
qualities in a pilot.
With Gateway Select, JetBlue hopes to train and hire
high-quality pilots while also making the profession more
accessible to a broader range of candidates with diverse
backgrounds and experiences. JetBlue anticipates the program will
open up the profession by helping make the dream of becoming a
pilot a reality to people who would not have had the
"Many dream of becoming a pilot but are deterred by financial
realities," said Warren Christie, senior vice president of safety,
security, and training, JetBlue. "We have an opportunity to create
the best pilot training program in the U.S. while also removing
some of the economic and social barriers so that those with the
natural aptitude can pursue their dream."
Highly Selective Applicant Assessments
Applicants will undergo a series of assessments aimed at
identifying those who demonstrate the qualities needed to become a
high-performing pilot. The evaluation is based on recommended
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) pilot competencies
and JetBlue's own selection criteria, including commitment to
JetBlue's unique customer-focused culture.
First, applicants will complete locally proctored tests covering
a range of skills like multitasking, critical thinking, spatial
orientation, and hand-eye coordination. Those who qualify from the
initial assessment will advance to an onsite testing and interview
process at JetBlue.
Of the final candidates participating in the onsite testing, 24
will be offered a placement in Gateway Select. They will begin the
program in a series of small groups, with the first targeted to
begin in late summer 2016.
Gateway Select takes the best from training programs used by the
U.S. military and international airlines, and applies the same
safety standards and federal requirements as current pilots.
"Much like the model U.S. military pilot training programs use,
we have built a challenging curriculum that uses a consistent
operating philosophy from the very first day of training," Christie
said. "This is a major advancement in commercial pilot training.
The traditional path will continue to produce excellent pilots, and
now we will supplement the talent pool with pilots who are trained
specifically for safe and efficient operations at JetBlue."
"Over the past 10-plus years, CAE has established itself as a
trusted partner of JetBlue in the oversight of its training
equipment operations at JetBlue University," said Nick Leontidis,
CAE's group president, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We now
have a unique opportunity to further tap into our breadth of flight
training capabilities and support JetBlue in providing world-class
training built for the next generation of pilots."
Through the intensive four-year program, pilot trainees will
complete a series of training phases, with constant guidance and
mentorship from JetBlue, to build the skills and experience
required of a pilot for a major airline:
- Trainees will
begin at JetBlue University in Orlando for four weeks with the
fundamentals of aviation.
- Trainees will
continue to CAE's flight academy in Phoenix for 30 weeks to develop
core flying skills. Upon completion, candidates will receive their
private pilot's license.
- Trainees will
then return to JetBlue University for training on highly complex
transport category aircraft, concluding with the completion of the
Airline Transport Pilot - Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP).
Training will include the safe and efficient operation of the
Embraer 190 (E190).
- Next, trainees
will return to CAE in Phoenix for 12 weeks of additional FAA
licensing requirements. Trainees will then attend an instructor
course to achieve their CFI (certified flight instructor)
qualifications and ratings. Upon completion, trainees will then
begin working as entry-level salaried instructors for CAE's flight
academy while accumulating flight hours to achieve the FAA's 1,500
Once meeting the FAA and Gateway Select requirements, pilots
will become a new hire at JetBlue, where they complete the same
orientation and six-week instruction that all E190 first officers
Supporting Accessibility to and Diversity in the
Recognizing the need to support further diversity into the pilot
profession, JetBlue will work to recruit applicants from minority
colleges and technical schools, and partner with organizations
seeking to promote greater inclusion in the pilot community.
"Gateway Select offers an innovative approach to pilot
development that pushes beyond the traditional barriers and opens a
unique opportunity to pursue a career in the cockpit based on a
candidate's aptitude," said Captain Karl Minter, chairman,
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals. "JetBlue has shown a
passion for encouraging youth to pursue their dreams of a career in
aviation with projects like our ACE Academy. With Gateway Select,
JetBlue is also providing an additional path to those careers."
"JetBlue has long been a supporter of Women in Aviation and its
efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation," said
Women in Aviation President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "JetBlue's new
Gateway Select program is an exciting new way to create meaningful
pathways for students to pursue their dream of flying. We are
particularly confident that the program will encourage more women
to consider an aviation career."
Because the traditional model requires pilots to make a
significant financial investment over numerous years without the
guarantee of a job, Gateway Select has been designed to bring more
predictability and a lower overall cost to aspiring pilots.
Trainees will receive a contingent job offer at the beginning of
the program, guaranteeing them a position with JetBlue if they
complete all elements of the program successfully. Trainees will
also have an opportunity to earn a competitive salary while working
as entry-level flight instructors with CAE.
JetBlue hires hundreds of new pilots every year, recruiting
through its seven pilot pathways. These pathways include University
Gateway, Blue Dart Sponsorship and qualified first officer
recruiting. Information about all of JetBlue's pilot recruitment
pathways, including Gateway Select, can be found at http://pilots.jetblue.com.
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a
leading carrier in Boston, Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando,
and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year
to 96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin
America with an average of 900 daily flights. For more
information please visit jetblue.com.
CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training for the civil
aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. We design
and integrate the industry's most comprehensive training solutions,
anchored by the knowledge and expertise of our 8,000 employees, our
world-leading simulation technologies and a track record of service
and technology innovation spanning seven decades. Our global
presence is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and
training locations in 35 countries, including our joint venture
operations, and the world's largest installed base of flight
simulators. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defense
crewmembers, as well as thousands of healthcare professionals.
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JetBlue Corporate Communications
Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice President, Public Affairs and Global
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