CARBONDALE – A partnership between SIU Carbondale and United Airlines is providing a career path for aviation students interested in becoming professional pilots.
Chancellor Austin A. Lane and United representatives signed a partnership agreement between the university’s School of Aviation and United’s Aviate career development program at the Glenn Poshard Transportation Education Center Tuesday.
SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin A. Lane said joining United Aviate fits well with the university’s strategic plan, Imagine 2030, and its pillars addressing student success and partnerships.
“I am excited for this new partnership, which will provide another pathway to careers for our hard-working, talented aviation students,” Lane said. “As we honor our long, proud history, we have our eyes on the future to provide connections and opportunities for our students, including close ties to the industry.”
The airline’s industry-leading pilot career development program offers aspiring and established pilots the most secure path to the United flight deck, according to a release from the university. SIU aviation students and certified flight instructors in the program will have the opportunity to gain experience and build their hours toward their R-ATP (restricted privileges airline transport pilot) rating. The rating allows a pilot to serve as a co-pilot until they obtain the necessary 1,500 flight hours.
Throughout the Aviate program, participants have opportunities to connect with members of the United family, receive mentorship from a United pilot, and access to travel privileges.
SIU Carbondale is the latest university aviation program to partner with Aviate.
“We are proud to welcome SIU to the United Aviate program as their longstanding history of attracting and developing skilled aviators incorporates well into our pilot recruitment strategy,” Michael Bonner, managing director of pilot strategy and Aviate at United said. “Current and future SIU aviation students will benefit from this partnership in their journeys to becoming professional pilots.”
As an Aviate university partner, current and former SIU students and instructors who apply and are successful in the Aviate selection process will receive a conditional job offer from United. This year, United has hired about 1,600 pilots and is on track to meet its goal of hiring 10,000 pilots by 2030.