Spirit Airlines and CAE have launched a new pilot training programme that aims to expand the carrier’s pipeline of flight deck crew.

The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway programme, located at CAE’s flight academy in Phoenix, Arizona, will put graduates on the fast track to the cockpit.

Candidates may apply for the programme upon successful completion of their flight training at CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy and achieving approximately 500 hours of total flight time.

Recruitment process

If successful in Spirit’s interview process, they will receive a conditional offer of employment, a Spirit Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and will be mentored as they work toward completing the minimum hours required for an ATP certificate.

“CAE is a great partner for us because of their commitment to safety and operational excellence, and also their dedication to finding solutions for student training needs,” said Ryan Rodosta, senior director of flight operations and system chief pilot for Spirit Airlines.

“At Spirit, we recognize Pilots are at the core of an airline. We have one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, and we fly to world-class destinations. We’re growing fast and creating tremendous career-progression opportunities.”
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