Bridge program provides K-State pilot grads job opportunities with American Eagle Airlines

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Bridge program provides K-State pilot grads job opportunities with American Eagle Airlines

Natalie Blair
Kansas State University and American Eagle Airlines and have formed a bridge program through which the university's pilot program graduates are guaranteed interviews with the airline.
The graduates must meet the same standards for American Eagle Airlines employment as other potential candidates, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their aviation courses and a minimum of 500 hours of flight time in aircraft, which must include 50 hours of flight time in multi-engine aircraft and 250 hours as pilot in command. They also must complete all phases of the interview process.

"The bridge program is an excellent opportunity for our students wanting to pursue a career in commercial aviation," said Kurt Barnhart, head of K-State's aviation department. "Instead of spending years at smaller regional airlines before being considered for employment by larger airlines, they now have a chance to go directly into the largest regional air carrier in the world with opportunities to transfer into the largest airline in the world."

"American Eagle recognizes the quality of training Kansas State University provides and the airline-ready pilots the program produces. We are very pleased with this alliance and look forward to a long and successful relationship with K-State," said Capt. Jim Winkley, vice president of flight operations at American Eagle Airlines.

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K-State is an elite Top 5 aviation university. Located on the Salina campus adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway, the program has a modern fleet of more than 40 learning aircraft and more Master Certified Flight Instructors than any other college or university in the country. K-State Salina offers affordable degrees in aircraft maintenance, professional pilot, technology management and engineering technology. Certificate programs are available in air traffic control, airframe and powerplant, airport management, avionics maintenance technology and unmanned aerial systems. More information on K-State aviation programs is available at www.salina.k-state.edu/aviation.

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The Salina Airport Authority has developed the premier airport and industrial center in the Midwest. The board of directors and staff are proactive in providing the citizens of Salina, Saline County and North Central Kansas with a center that support business and industry, which, in turn, provides jobs and payroll that benefit the region.

The Salina Airport Authority is home to the Salina Municipal Airport, the Salina Aviation Service Center and the Salina Airport Industrial Center.

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