• Five Cirrus SR20 AATDs and two Piper Seminole AATDs will go to the Academy

  • United aims to hire 10,000 new pilots by 2030

The United Aviate Academy will be using seven Frasca flight simulators in their newly expanded training program. The devices include five Cirrus SR20 AATDs and two Piper Seminole AATDs, five of the AATDs will have 220-degree wraparound visual displays. The first of the simulators will be delivered in April of 2022. These flight simulators feature hardware and software which operates exactly like the aircraft, for maximum effectiveness for students.

Last summer, United unveiled United Next, which will change the United flying experience and add more than 500 new aircraft. United plans to hire at least 10,000 new pilots by 2030 to meet this need. United will find those pilots through targeted recruiting, strategic partnerships and scholarship and financial aid solutions.

The academy has already received more than 12,000 applications since announcing the school in April 2021. The school officially opened in January and welcomed a historic inaugural class of future pilots, part of the airline’s goal to train at least 5,000 new pilots at the school by 2030, with the goal of at least half women or people of color.

“We’re investing in flight education as we train the next generation of United Airlines pilots, who are the future of our airline,” said Bryan Quigley, United’s Senior Vice President for Flight Operations for United Airlines. “These student pilots are receiving world-class flight training at United Aviate Academy and I’m looking forward to the day when they join our current United pilots on the flight deck.”