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University Pathway to Success Program

Atlas Air
United States, New York, Harrison
2000 Westchester Avenue (Show on map)
May 16, 2024

University Pathway to Success Program


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University Pathway to Success Program

Atlas Air is now offering the University Pathway to Success Program which provides a direct path for early career pilots that have completed primary training, recently graduated from an accredited aviation program and are working towards R-ATP or ATP minimums. Providing pilots with a jumpstart for their career, this program offers a rare opportunity to fly a 737 as a First Officer.

Pilots meeting ATP / R-ATP minimums are given training and coursework needed to complete their ATP via an AAWW vetted program including the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP / CTP), ATP Written Exam, ATP Practical Exam, and a jet transition course designed to prepare you to fly the 737. The University Pathway to Success Program provides well-qualified candidates with a program valued at over $25,000 and the chance to start their career earning one of the aviation industry's most valuable type ratings. As one of the fastest growing airlines, the benefits of flying with us are vast and immediate.

Program Requirements

    FAA Commercial Pilot Certification with Multi-Engine Land (MEL)
  • Complex Endorsement
  • FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Hold a valid Second-Class Medical (Must be eligible to obtain First Class Medical)
  • Valid Passport with no restrictions on international travel
  • Minimum age of 21 (pilot positions are subject to FAA 121 mandatory retirement regulations)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States
  • Ability to pass a 10-year security background check, DOT pre-employment test, the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA), and Pilot Records Database (PRD) evaluation
  • English language proficiency and excellent communication skills
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Accurate and timely decision-making skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Total flight time minimums to begin program:

  • Must be within 100 hours of meeting the FAA's R-ATP or ATP flying time requirements for interview and must meet ATP minimums prior to being offered a program date. If not an MEI, must meet the Multi-Engine R-ATP/ATP hour requirements.
  • ATP Minimum Requirements:

    • 1500 Total Flight Time

    • 250 Pilot-In-Command (PIC) hours fixed wing

    • 500 Total Cross Country hours or 200 hours for a restricted ATP (R-ATP) under FAR 1.160 (f)

    • 100 Cross Country PIC hours

    • 100 Night Flight Time hours

    • 25 Night PIC hours

    • 75 Instrument Training hours

    • 50 Multi-Engine Land hours

  • 1,500 hours eligible for unrestricted ATP
  • 1,250 hours - with qualifying 2-year aviation university program / R-ATP Eligible
  • 1,000 hours - with qualifying 4-year aviation university program / R-ATP Eligible

Successful candidates may receive a conditional job offer as an Atlas Air 737 First Officer. The 737 position is contingent upon successful completion of the selection process and all prescribed modules of the University Pathway Program - ATP / CTP Course, ATP Practical (flight portion), and the jet transition course.

All candidates must meet all Atlas Air 737 First Officer requirements to be offered a 737 new hire training class date.


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