Southwest Airlines’ Pilot Recruitment Program

Southwest Airlines' Destination 225° program has helped pilots become successful. The 2019 program has four tracks for beginners to military pilots.

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The program is named after a compass rose because 225° is southwest. The Dallas-based airline promised to put future pilots in the right seat of its Boeing 737s.

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Destination 225° offers Cadet, Employee, University, and Military routes. Southwest stated that the program will help the airline.

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The Cadet track is for airline pilot novices. The four- to five-year program is with CAE, a high-tech business that

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 trains civil aviation and defense workers. Southwest works with private aircraft operators XOJET Aviation and aircraft Linx.

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According to CAE, the Cadet pathway involves two steps. Participants will complete 165 hours of classroom and computer-based flight basics

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training in the first phase. Next are 258 hours of single- and multi-engine flying, aircraft, and simulator training. Cadets will get their commercial pilot license

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The second part includes 100 hours of classroom and 20 hours of airplane instruction. Cadets also get FAA CFI(A) and CFII(A) licenses. 

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Southwest says the Phoenix Cadet pathway is competitive and costs under $100,000.Southwest employees can use the Employee route for CAE a

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Collegiate aviators at the carrier's partner university or Southwest Campus Reach Internship are ideal for the University track.

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