Military Pilots


Military Pilots


Rotary Transition Program: Transitioning Military Helicopter Pilots to an Airline Pilot Career

Training Has Begun! Read Below to Apply for the RTP Program.

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Our RTP Program

Our mission is to help military helicopter pilots who qualify for the 750 hour ATP requirement gain the fixed wing hours needed to fly for Envoy Air, with guaranteed flow into American Airlines. Once the required 250 fixed wing hours and 25 multi-engine hours are achieved, you will be qualified to enter Envoy's ATP-CTP Course and First Officer School. Within weeks of starting training, you will be on your way to an exciting airline career with flow to American Airlines.

Envoy offers up to $23,000 on top of eligible GI Bill vocational benefits to help with the expenses of completing the FAA ratings and required flight time. An additional bonus will be given of either $17,100 or $22,100 (depending on the aircraft assigned) at the start of training with the airline.

We are thrilled to offer such an exciting program for the men and women who have served in the military and wish to pursue an aviation career!

A current or former U.S. military pilot is eligible to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate provided the pilot presents the following:

  • An official DD-214 indicating that person was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services,
  • An official armed services record that shows the person graduated from an undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualifying them as a military pilot.

In addition to providing the above, the pilot must also have the flight hours below:

  • 750 Total Time as a pilot
    • Not more than 100 hours of total time may be obtained in a full flight simulator or flight training device provided the flight training device represents an airplane and the flight time was accomplished in a Part 121, 135, 141, or 142 training course.
  • 250 PIC in an airplane, or as SIC performing the duties of PIC while under the supervision of the PIC in an airplane.
  • 75 hours of total instrument time, in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • Applicant may not receive credit for more than 25 hours in a flight simulator or flight training device unless the course is an approved Part 142 flight training center, in which case, the applicant can receive credit for up to 50 hours.
  • 200 hours of Cross Country time
    • 100 hours must be as PIC
  • 100 hours of night time
    • 25 hours must be as PIC
    • A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time; however, not more than 25 hours of night may be credited using this method.
  • 50 hours of multi-engine
    • Up to 25 hours may be in full flight simulator representing a multi-engine airplane if the training was an approved training course under Part 121, 135, 141 or 142.

  • To take advantage of this opportunity, complete an application at
  • Please make sure that you check Rotor Transition Program (RTP) on the "Affiliation" section of the application. (Otherwise we will not receive your application!)
  • If you have any further questions, please email or call (972) 374-5218 or (972) 374-4761 to speak to a recruiter.
  • Classes start every Tuesday in San Marcos Texas.
  • Your training cost will be provided after you apply and your training requirements are evaluated.
  • Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate. Click Here for estimated training periods.
  • San Marcos, TX (HYI)
  • This will be a full time training and time building program. Students are required to be flexible. Dual flight instruction is typically done during daylight hours. Time building flights are completed with other program pilots in the early morning or evenings.
  • Cessna 172 with G1000 avionics
  • PA28 Piper Archer with Garmin 430's
  • PA44 Piper Seminole Garmin 430's
  • Redbird Flight Simulator
  • Coast Flight has arranged shared housing in San Marcos, TX. A shared room will cost $400 a month which includes all basic living supplies. More information will be provided once you are selected for the program.
  • The VA will provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). This document explains in detail the benefits earned. A copy must be given to Coast Flight once a training class start date has been assigned. Plan ahead, this document can take 4-6 weeks to receive. Click Here for step by step instructions on ordering this document.
  • All benefits including travel will begin when you have entered ground school with Envoy in Dallas. Envoy will provide an airline ticket to/from your interview and to/from your training program at Coast Flight.
  • Post 9/11 with 100% coverage will pay up to $12,554 per year for vocational flight training (August to August). This amount is equivalent to 12 of benefits.
  • Montgomery GI Bill will cover 60% of flight training costs. It will be the responsibility of the student to pay for the flight training upfront then expect the VA to reimburse 60% of charges within 4-6 weeks.

San Diego, CA

Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport,
3753 John J Montgomery Dr, San Diego, CA 92123, USA

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San Marcos, TX

1807 Airport Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666