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United AviateSM Become a United Airlines® Pilot

ATP Flight School is the nation’s leader in airline-oriented flight training and has partnered with United to provide ATP students the fastest path to a successful pilot career with United.

As an Airline Career Pilot Program student, you can apply to join United Aviate – a tailored career path leading to potential employment as a United pilot. By participating in Aviate through ATP, you will take advantage of proven flight training and development as a leader, all while being provided with clear direction and support for achieving your end goal.

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How to Become a United Pilot

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At ATP, below are the steps to become a United pilot.

  1. Airline Career Pilot Program

    Enroll in ATP Flight School's Airline Career Pilot and apply to join United Aviate.

  2. Guaranteed Flight Instructor Job

    Build experience as an ATP flight instructor after graduating to qualify for airline hiring minimums.

  3. United Express® Pilot

    Fly as an airline pilot for a United Express carrier.

  4. United Pilot

    Transition to United as a First Officer.

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United Aviate How to Participate

Your path to becoming a United pilot starts at ATP Flight School. Here's how to go from zero experience to becoming a United First Officer.

  1. Step 1

    Airline Career Pilot Program

    Start flight training in the Airline Career Pilot Program.

  2. Step 2

    Apply for United Aviate

    In three months, you'll earn your private pilot certificate and be eligible to apply for United Aviate.

  3. Step 3

    Graduate with your Commercial & CFI Certificates

    Remain in good standing, and after nine months since starting the program, you'll graduate with your commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates.

  4. Step 4

    Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

    Next, take advantage of your guaranteed CFI job with ATP to build flight experience.

  5. Step 5

    Airline Interview & Airline Tuition Reimbursement

    As an instructor, interview with the United Express airline you want to fly before moving on to United and start earning airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement.

  6. Step 6

    Airline Pilot Job Placement

    In about two years, you'll begin flying as an airline pilot with your United Express carrier.

  7. Step 7

    Fly for United

    After satisfying all Aviate requirements, including a minimum of 2,000 flight hours and 24 months at your United Express airline, you'll be eligible to transition to United. You’ll be at the top of the priority list, and once a first officer position at United is open, you’ll receive a job offer.

ATP's United Express Partners

To bridge the gap from ATP to United, you'll fly as an airline pilot with one of ATP's United Express partner airlines. As an ATP graduate, you can take advantage of airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement and recruiting events during your flight training.

Requirements to Participate in United Aviate

Below are the requirements and pilot qualifications to apply to the United Aviate program through ATP.

  • Train in the Airline Career Pilot Program, and remain in good standing with no disciplinary actions.
  • Hold a private pilot certificate.
  • Receive a written recommendation from ATP's management team.

After applying, candidates will follow United’s screening and assessment process.

  • United will conduct an initial screening focused on the merits of the candidate and a review of employment records and the candidate’s history.
  • After passing the initial screenings, candidates are invited to interview at United’s Flight Training Center in Denver, where they will participate in a panel interview and Technical Readiness Review, followed by the Leadership Inventory and the “Becoming United” assessment.
  • Once the screening, interview, and assessments are complete, United’s Acceptance Board of Review will make a final decision on the candidate's application.

Before transitioning to United from a United Express career, it's preferred for pilots to hold a bachelor’s degree.

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Benefits of United Aviate

With United Aviate through ATP, you'll be on a streamlined path to future employment with United. Get the competitive edge with these advantages.

  • Clear direction and a tailored path to a career at United.
  • Expedited time at the regional airlines.
  • Travel privileges to hundreds of United destinations.
  • Structured coaching with a United pilot for leadership and career development.
  • Aviate pilot leadership program to become a future United Captain.
  • Development events and programs.
  • Interaction with senior leadership and United Captains
  • Site tours of United’s advanced and complex operational facilities.

Benefits Exclusive to ATP

  • Accelerated airline-oriented flight training through ATP.
  • Guaranteed flight instructor job with ATP.
  • Eligible to apply to United Aviate after earning your private pilot certificate.
  • Up to $12,500 in airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement through ATP's United Express partners.
  • Lifelong career support and mentorship through the ATP Alumni Association.

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United Pilot Hiring & Placements

ATP Flight School has the highest ratio of airline placements to students of any other college, university, or cadet academy, and has placed over 700 pilots with United Express airlines.