The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and United Airlines announced a new partnership to provide career paths for Aviators through Aviate’s industry-leading pilot career development program, United. As an Aviate University Partner, former and current UNO students and instructors who apply and pass the Aviate selection process will join the program and benefit from the defined path to a lifelong career with United.
“Through this partnership with Aviate, students who come to the UN Aviation Institute have a unique opportunity to secure their career path in aviation while working on their education and flight training,” said Scott Vlasek, director of the UN Aviation Institute. “This is a tremendous opportunity to boost the aviation workforce here in Nebraska and throughout the industry, and I look forward to seeing our students launch their careers through this program.”
The UNO is one of 14 Aviate partner universities nationwide and is the only partner in the state of Nebraska. Since its inception in 1990, the UN Aviation Institute has offered pilot instruction and training in many other facets of aviation with leading experts in the field, state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities for experience and career development.
“We are delighted to welcome UNO to the Aviate programme,” said Captain Michael Bonner, Managing Director of Aviate and Pilot Strategy at United. “We look forward to the mutual opportunity this partnership provides for current, former and future students as part of our pilot development strategy.”
Candidates selected to join the program will receive a conditional job offer from United which will be fulfilled once participants have obtained a Restricted Airline Pilot License (rATP), which requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of flight experience at the UNO and 2,000 flying hours over 24 months. with a United Express partner. Once these requirements are met, participants will then be eligible to move to United as co-drivers.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts about 18,100 openings on average for airline and commercial pilots each year. United currently employs over 14,000 pilots and is on track to hire 10,000 pilots this decade.
Additional information about the UN’s partnership with Aviate, including eligibility requirements and application information, is available on the UNO Aviation Institute website.