I can’t wait to fly the friendly skies for UNITED AIRLINES!
I started my first day of ATP January 7th, 2019 with the dream of one day getting hired by United. I wasn’t sure how I would get there. Four years later, after a global pandemic, an adventure in to the 135 world and then a crazy 18 months at the regionals taking on new roles and responsibilities, I can say I’ve made it.
My Grandfather was hired in 1961, my Mother in Feb 1978 and my Father in Feb 1985. 62 years of family history with United and it’s pretty surreal I get to extend that legacy to a third generation.
My biggest advice, think about where you want to spend your career. No matter where you are along the journey when faced with a decision on where to go or what job to take ask yourself this, “will this move help me grow as a pilot or a person? Will this be something that will add to my resume so when I’m sitting in that interview room with X dream airline, I have a history that reflects who I am and what I’m about? What do you want it to say about you?”
Here’s a summary of my journey here…
Aug 2011-May 2016 Bachelors Degree, Division I Student-Athlete, University of Miami (2011-2013) University of Iowa (2013-2016)
June 2016-Dec 2018 News Producer, NBC Universal
Jan 2019-August 2019 ACPP PVT-MEI Ratings
Sept 2019-Oct 2020 ATP CFI & Flight Standards Instructor for CLT location (SkyWest Cadet)
Nov 2020- July 2021 FlyExclusive, ATP Certificate and CJ3 PIC Type Rating
July 2021-Feb 2023 SkyWest Airlines, CRJ Type Rating and Pilot Recruitment Team
(Dec 5th 2022- Interview)
(Dec 9th 2022- CJO)
Feb 2023-United Airlines Class Date
I’ll be headed to class in Denver in just a few days. I’ll share as much as I can through training. Feel free to ask questions as they arise!
Incredible to see how quickly you have progressed to a major, especially when you consider how the pandemic affected your timeline to a regional. You’re hard work and perseverance has paid off! Do you have an idea which aircraft you might be flying at United? I have heard from others during my training that the widebodies, including the 787, are junior for first officers at United (you just might be on reserve for a while!).
@RoscoeL We bid the first day of Basic Indoc so I’ll know soon. Each week the bid options are different so it will be a surprise. The class is ranked based on age with the oldest first so at 29 years old I’ll be bidding towards the end. Typically the wide bodies have been what’s left for the most junior in the class. It’s not ideal for gaining seniority quickly and holding a line like a narrow body would be. However, I’m not going to complain about going straight to a wide body. It will be an adventure of a time, either completing the 2 year seat lock or until I’m eligible for a narrow body Capt bid. I’m just happy to be at my forever airline. I have 36 years ahead of me to fly what I want.
I know I’m late, but I just saw this. Congratulations. That’s awesome you get to continue a family legacy.
Only 4 years from starting flying to United, and only about 2 years at a regional. Thats pretty good. I’ve heard it’s typically 6-12 years.
Would you consider yourself unusually lucky or is the pilot shortage making it quicker for everybody?
Thank you, I appreciate it! Considering the Covid lost year, it’s faster than average. However, the timeline is getting shorter by the day it seems. Years ago, 6-8 years was the standard. Now, people are getting pulled from the right seat of regionals. That condensed the time down to 4-5 years.
The #1 thing you can do is be aware and remove distractions. The program is very doable and most are successful. It’s the students that don’t “get it” that don’t.
When I went through the program I made very certain EVERYONE knew I was going into orbit during training. Minimal socializing and really anything else that wasnt related to my training. Others were up late watching the games, playing XBox or visiting with friends and some of them didn’t do as well.
Long short you need to make training your #1 priority for 7mos.
Adam is right. Training should be your one and only focus. Don’t think you will keep up with your bowling league, coach the basketball team, volunteer at the school, whatever. Your one and only focus needs to be your training. Now I did end up having a bit of spare time here and there, but it was only after I was 100% certain that I was ready and where I needed to be in my studying.