Flight students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University now have broader opportunities for potential employment as a First Officer with United Airlines, thanks to a cooperative recruitment and development program called Aviate.

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“Through the Aviate program, Embry-Riddle flight students can apply to step onto a career path that’s tailored to their experience level while they build flight hours and develop as aviation leaders who are eligible for meaningful, high-paying jobs,” said University President P. Barry Butler. “It’s a wonderful additional career opportunity for our flight students, who are always in high demand. We are honored to partner with United to help build a strong aviation workforce.”

The Aviate program will be available to students on both of Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, and supervised by College of Aviation Deans Dr. Alan Stolzer and Dr. Tim Holt, respectively.

United’s goal is to hire more than 10,000 pilots within the next decade.

Embry-Riddle has joined a network of other universities, commercial flight training organizations, Part 135 operators, and United Express carriers offering the Aviate program, which serves both university flight students and commercial pilots hoping to advance their careers. The program is available to current flight students at Embry-Riddle as well as recent graduates who are working for the university as certified flight instructors.

The University currently participates in partnerships with several airlines. All such programs are designed to nurture future commercial pilots while addressing workforce needs, said Dr. Michael Wiggins, professor and chair of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. “Given the global shortage of pilots and aviation maintenance professionals, programs such as Aviate are vitally important to students as well as the aviation industry,” he said.