To qualify for the Coast—SkyWest First Officer Program, you must
- be between 20-30 years of age;
- be able to pass a first class medical (http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/);
- be a US citizen;
- hold a current US passport;
- be proficient in English;
- No more than 2 moving violations on your driving record in the past 3 years;
- hold a high school diploma (or GED); and
- have or be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. An online bachelor’s degree is available through Utah Valley University(UVU). It is highly recommended you enroll in this program as a college degree is required to fly for any major airline in the country.
- If you need to finance your flight training, FASFA is an excellent resource for financial aid.
Flight Training Requirements
- Uphold required academic standards
- Respect the required code of conduct
First Officer Requirements
Upon graduation from the flight training program at Coast Flight, you will work as a Certified Flight Instructor to build the hours required for airline employment.
To start flying at SkyWest, you must accumulate the following flight hours:
- 1,500 – hours total time
- 50 – hours multi engine
- 75 – hours instrument
- 500 – hours cross country
- 100 – night hours
- ATP Written Exam Completed
Criminal Offense and Canadian Clearance
Any pilot who has been convicted of a criminal offense within the past five years will be prohibited from gaining Canadian clearance, nor will be hired for a flight job. After five years, the pilot has to apply and receive a wavier indicating that he/she is eligible to enter into Canada. Any conviction that a pilot receives in his/her lifetime will require the same waiver authorization to be obtained.