Mesa Airlines Launches Independent Pilot Time Building Program for Aspiring Pilots

Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier based in Phoenix, Arizona, has recently unveiled its groundbreaking Independent Pilot Development program (IPD). This innovative initiative aims to provide aspiring pilots with a unique opportunity to swiftly and affordably accumulate the necessary flight hours to meet the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) mandated “1,500-hour rule.”

Unlike traditional time-building programs, IPD goes above and beyond by offering a comprehensive training package that includes airline training materials, advanced computerized-based training, and access to experienced pilot mentors. These additional resources give participants a competitive edge in the commercial aviation job market, setting them up for success in their future careers.

The IPD program is designed to expedite the time required to achieve the FAA’s flight hour requirement, ensuring that pilots can reach their goals more efficiently. Upon completing the program and accumulating the necessary flight hours, participants will be granted a preferred interview with Mesa Airlines. Alternatively, they have the freedom to choose employment with any airline of their preference.

To participate in the IPD program, pilots must hold a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating. They are then required to purchase a minimum of 50-hour blocks at an affordable rate of $60 per hour. These rates include fuel and are based on two-pilot flight deck occupancy, further enhancing the cost-effectiveness of the program.

One of the standout features of the IPD program is the use of brand new Pipistrel Alpha 2 aircraft for flight training. These state-of-the-art aircraft boast advanced capabilities such as dual flight controls, a cutting-edge Garmin instrument panel, an 80 HP Rotax 912 engine, a spacious and quiet cockpit, autopilot functionality, and even a ballistic parachute rescue system for added safety.

Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO of Mesa Airlines, expressed his excitement about the launch of the IPD program, stating, “We are thrilled to introduce Mesa’s Independent Pilot Development Program, providing aspiring pilots with a safe and affordable pathway to achieve their aviation dreams. We firmly believe that this program offers the fastest and most effective method for pilots to accumulate the necessary flight hours.”

Ornstein emphasized that the IPD program is not just a time-building opportunity but also a comprehensive career development platform. It equips pilots with the skills, knowledge, and experience required to navigate the challenges and reap the rewards of flying for an airline.

Mesa Airlines, the parent company of Mesa Air Group, is a leading regional air carrier that operates scheduled passenger service to 106 cities across 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Mexico. With a fleet of 145 aircraft and over 2500 dedicated employees, Mesa Airlines is committed to delivering exceptional service and connectivity to its passengers.

In addition to its Independent Pilot Development program, Mesa Airlines is actively involved in pioneering the future of aviation through strategic partnerships. These include collaborations with Archer Aviation, a company focused on electric air taxis, Heart Aerospace, a manufacturer of 30-seat all-electric aircraft, Elroy Air, a developer of hybrid cargo platforms, and Regent, a company specializing in electric Seagliders. These partnerships demonstrate Mesa Airlines’ commitment to embracing alternative aviation solutions and driving innovation within the industry.

For further details about the IPD program and to start your application, visit Mesa Airlines’ official website. This program represents a remarkable opportunity for aspiring pilots to embark on a fulfilling and successful career in aviation, with Mesa Airlines leading the way in providing the necessary resources and support.

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