ExpressJet’s E175 launch is getting real! Earlier this week, Lead Line Check Pilot – ORD Paul Weston and Captain and Manager of Ground Training Eric Carlson became ExpressJet’s first E175 type-rated pilots.
Paul and Eric are among the 20 initial cadre check pilots who will receive their type ratings and then conduct training for ExpressJet pilots awarded the E175.
“This is a proud moment for those of us in the initial cadre and for the entire company,” said Paul. “It means we’re another step closer to the E175 being part of the ExpressJet family.”
So, what can ExpressJet pilots expect when they get behind the controls of the E175?
“So far, we’ve found the E175 to be very pilot friendly, highly automated and equipped with all the bells and whistles that make it a good fit with our company’s safety culture.”
With a new type rating on their certificates, Paul and Eric will now return to developing the policies and procedures to support our new fleet.
“The type rating was the easy part,” joked Eric, comparing it to the volume of work that goes into launching a new fleet type. “It’s all worth it, though, for the excitement of a new aircraft.”
ExpressJet’s first E175 arrives in April. We will hire more than 600 pilots in 2019 to support the growth of our fleet and to account for pilots progressing through the United Career Path Program. It’s takeoff time!