What. A. Week! Thank everyone for all of your support of my first blog entry! I am so excited to go through this journey with all of you!

I am just finishing week four. Time is going by so fast, and a lot has happened the last few days. I can officially land a plane, complete my maneuvers almost to standards and am starting navigation logs so I can begin cross-country flying! I am also very busy studying for my written test and have started reviewing material for my oral. On average, I am spending about eleven hours a day at the training center studying. This is A LOT of work!

Ground school has taught me a lot about myself. I started flight school knowing there was more to flying a plane than landing and taking off, but I was not expecting to take at least four hours to complete a navigation log for a flight that may take only thirty minutes. There is so much involved in flight planning, and I still have a lot to learn. I have also learned to be more patient with myself, as math is not one of my strengths and flying airplanes requires a lot of it. I have been spending a lot of time practicing problems such as finding airspeeds, flying distances and density altitudes on the E6B Flight Computer. I now understand why some pilots call it the “Whiz Wheel” as for a while, I was whizzing past all of the correct answers! Repetition, asking questions and knowing my goal of being a commercial pilot have been keeping me focused on working hard and continuing to do well. I am very proud of how far I have come with my training and can not wait to see how much I will improve these next coming weeks!


My flying has greatly improved. I have been told by my CFI I am flying like a pilot. My instructor is also using the words “Linnea” and “solo” in the same sentence…I am getting closer and closer to my first solo flight! I will be evaluated on my takeoffs and landings this weekend. My landings are no longer making my CFI shorter, and I am getting a better idea of how to land and take off in Chicago’s crazy crosswinds! Maneuvers have been a blast, and I am becoming a lot more comfortable with flying and also understanding how important it is to think ahead of the plane.

While this past week was a busy one, I am so proud of myself for how hard I am working and how far I have come. I am right on track with my flying, I am understanding “flying math” more and I am living my dream of becoming a commercial pilot. Thank you again for reading and following along! Maybe next week I will be able to tell you all about my first solo flight!

In our new series, “From Cabin to Cockpit: My Adventures in Flight Training,” we follow flight attendant Linnea Couture in her journey to becoming a commercial pilot. Read on for Linnea’s first entry, and be on the lookout for regular updates on her progress!


My name is Linnea Couture. I am currently a flight attendant for ExpressJet and also a student pilot through the ATP Flight School. I have been working with XJT for about ten months. Three weeks ago I began my journey from being a flight attendant to a commercial pilot, and I cannot wait to share my adventure with all of you!

I have always wanted to become a pilot. When I was a child, my father took me to O’Hare and we would watch the planes inside the terminals and listen to ATC on his scanner all day long. I even dressed up as a pilot for Halloween (of course I went to the airport in my costume) and have always dreamed of someday working as a pilot out of O’Hare. My younger brother is currently a student at the University of North Dakota studying commercial aviation so I would say I definitely have that “flying bug.”


My dream partially came true when I began working as a flight attendant with ExpressJet. I loved my job, but always felt like I was missing a piece to a puzzle. I was constantly asking the pilots during trips how they got their ratings and where they went to school. My crews recommended going through the ATP Flight School and guided me each step of the way; on trips, my crews even quizzed me over the information I would have to learn as a private pilot!

I have now been enrolled at ATP Flight School in DuPage, IL for about three weeks. I can not believe how much I have learned in this short time! I have just about twenty flight hours and over thirty landings logged in my book (I wish I could tell you all of those landings were smooth)! I am talking to ATC, and am trying to make more call-outs during the flights. There is a lot going on, and a lot to remember to do in that little plane! I am currently finishing my first phase of takeoffs, landings and flight maneuvers; stalls, steep turns and slow flight. I will be soloing before I know it at the pace I am going!

I have amazing support from my family, a great flight instructor and classmates, and even still have ExpressJet crews I have flown with checking up on me! I am very excited for this journey to the front seat, and hope you all are in for a great ride!!

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Each year, we host an Open House where we invite future pilots, students and aviation enthusiasts to our Atlanta and Houston facilities to provide them with an inside look into life at ExpressJet. During this event, attendees have the opportunity to go on a behind-the-scenes tour, talk with pilot recruiters, learn about financial aid opportunities, interact with local flight schools, attend workshops and listen to testimonials from former ExpressJet pilots who have transitioned to the majors.

Though this is an annual event, this year was extra special as we held our first ever “Flight Experience” at our Atlanta Open House where we took attendees on a quick flight on our branded CRJ200 aircraft. We also raffled off the jumpseat for both takeoff and landing, in addition to raffling off four $25 gift cards. As participants boarded and de-boarded the plane, we gave them a VIP “red carpet treatment” to complement the superstars they are!

Overall, both Open House events were total successes. Attendees and organizers alike had a great time and also assisted in making this year one for the books.

Well folks, that’s all for 2017. See you all next year!

Check out a few photos below. Also head over to our Facebook page for a complete photo album of our Atlanta and Houston events.

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Graduation cap decorated by an ERAU student.
Graduation cap decorated by an ERAU student for their ceremony last year. Picture is not property of ExpressJet Airlines.


ExpressJet invites Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) students to apply for the 2017 Graduation Cap Student Scholarship of $1,000. Gather your mortar board and decorating supplies to create a graduation cap that highlights why you love aviation and your university.

Who can enter?

The scholarship is open to all AP3 members, graduating in spring or summer 2017.

How do I need to decorate my graduation cap?

Decorate your graduation cap in any style, format, theme and idea you’d like. The more creative the better! We do have a few guidelines:

  • The decorations must be appropriate and not offensive to either your university or ExpressJet
  • Must have some element of aviation incorporated into the decoration

How do I submit a picture of my graduation cap?

To enter, post a picture of your graduation cap to ExpressJet Pilot Recruiting’s Facebook page or send an email that includes a picture of your decorated cap to before May 31.

What are the prizes?

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to their student loan provider. In order to be eligible for this contest, you must have received some form of financial assistance throughout your collegiate experience.  Scholarship funds will exclusively be distributed to the loan provider on your behalf, no exceptions.

The $1,000 grand prize will be made out to the loan provider the winner designates. For example, if John Dow submitted the winning graduation cap and Great Lakes was his loan provider, the check will be made out to Great Lakes.

ExpressJet will coordinate with the scholarship winner and the loan provider directly.

What are the judging criteria?

A review committee of pilot recruiters will judge each submission on the following criteria. Each criterion will be judged on a 1-5 point scale, and weighted as described below:

  • Followed all guidelines – 20%
  • Creativity – 60%
  • Demonstrated a passion for aviation – 20%The selection committee will notify the winner using the platform the picture was submitted through. We expect to name a winner on June 5, 2017. You must respond to this notification within three days. As a condition of receiving your prize, you must provide us with formal correspondence from you university confirming your graduation. As a condition of receiving your prize, you must sign an affidavit confirming that you followed all rules and are otherwise eligible to receive the prize.

How will winners be notified?

The selection committee will notify the winner using the platform the picture was submitted through. We expect to name a winner on June 5, 2017. You must respond to this notification within three days. As a condition of receiving your prize, you must provide us with formal correspondence from you university confirming your graduation. As a condition of receiving your prize, you must sign an affidavit confirming that you followed all rules and are otherwise eligible to receive the prize.

The Rules

  • You must enter your submission in one of the designated methods during the entry period.
  • Graduation cap must not infringe on any third party copyright or trademark, or violate the rights of any person or entity, unless written consent is received. Only use content on your graduation cap that you are authorized to use, including, but not limited to images and other intellectual property.
  • Graduation cap may not contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have not provided their authorization to have their images or likenesses used for the purposes contemplated herein.
  • Graduation cap may not contain material that is obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability, or violates any law.


By entering into this contest, you consent to the use of your name and other personal information submitted through your entry (including, but not limited to your social media handle and school affiliation) in promotions and other publications.

Good luck!




During the summer, ExpressJet was proud to sponsor our first video contest, a competition amongst students for a chance to win $1,000 for their student organization. The contest was developed as an effort to continue, engage and empower future aviators across the country during the summer when school is out of session.

The competition, which was open to all of our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) schools, provided students with the opportunity to showcase their love for aviation, their university and ExpressJet in general. Students applied by submitting their video submission online by using the designated competition hashtag, #AP3SUMMERFUN. A review committee of pilot recruiters judged each video on the following criteria described below:

  • Followed all guidelines-20%
  • Creativity-50%
  • Demonstrated a passion for aviation-10%
  • Showed school pride-10%
  • Included AP3-10%
  • EPIC Ambassador Shout-out-Bonus 10%

The competition was fierce but ultimately the Flying Aggies from Oklahoma State University won. The first place team won a $1,000 grant to their organization, ExpressJet-branded gear, free simulator session in Houston and a dinner with ExpressJet recruiters.

Check out some pictures below:



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