At ExpressJet, we are committed to meeting aspiring commercial pilots across the country in all training environments. In an effort to engage and forge relationships with all students we created two distinct pathway programs, Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) and Preferred School Program (PSP). Each program shares similarities and differences but at the core is mentorship of student pilots. We want you to be well informed on all that ExpressJet has to offer, so we wanted to take a minute to share answers to a few common questions about the programs:
What is AP3?
The Airline Pilot Pathway Program, AP3, is a partnership between ExpressJet, select flight schools and universities, and students in the program. At its core, AP3 is a mentorship-based educational program that gives students a highly structured path through school, building hours as a CFI, to a career at ExpressJet.
What is PSP?
ExpressJet’s Preferred School Program (PSP) is designed to give flight school students a clear path to ExpressJet upon earning their flight time and certifications. PSP is similar to AP3, but focused on part 61 and 141 flight schools. Students enrolled in the PSP are offered a competitive advantage with a guaranteed interview at ExpressJet early in their training which leads to a conditional job offer.
What are the benefits?
In addition to an early interview that leads to a conditional job offer (CJO) and guaranteed job after program completion, students have personal access to our recruiters who can help answer questions, offer advice and be a resource for the student. Students in both programs still get exclusive access to be in the know and register first for our events.
What is the biggest difference between both programs?
The biggest difference amongst both programs, are the schools associated with them. AP3 has relationships with traditional four-year universities and PSP is focused on part 61 and 141 flight schools.
Am I able to receive a CJO through both programs?
Yes! A CJO, or conditional job offer, means you’ve passed the AP3 and PSP version of our new hire interview (congrats!). As long as you complete all the other requirements of the program, staying out of trouble, earning your hours and gaining experience as a CFI, you’re guaranteed a job at ExpressJet when you’re ready to start.
If I join AP3 or PSP, do I have to go to ExpressJet?
No – students are not required to sign a commitment to ExpressJet to join the programs. We offer desirable bases, industry-leading training and pay, and great work rules, but sometimes ExpressJet isn’t the right fit. We understand that, and we’re here to help you make the best decision for YOU, even if it’s not us.
What are the program paths?
- Join AP3 or PSP
- Complete program testing (a version of our new hire pilot interview) after earning your instrument rating; if successful receive a conditional job offer (CJO)
- Gain experience as a CFI to meet your ATP/R-ATP required hours (remember, you’ll gain 40+ hours in training, so it can actually be a bit less) and maintain a clean record
- Complete an application at expressjet.com/apply when you’re within six months of reaching your ATP/R-ATP minimums
- Select a date to start your ATP CTP class, paid for by ExpressJet, then start new hire training at ExpressJet (all training is paid)
- Fly passengers as an ExpressJet first officer!
Where can I get more information about AP3?
Where can I get more information about PSP?
What’s the catch?
There is no catch! Our motto in recruiting is “educate, engage, empower” and PSP helps us fulfill those goals. It costs nothing to sign up, you’re not required to come to ExpressJet, and you get a leg up on your career.
Feel free to email Captain Joey Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions about AP3 or PSP.