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?

  1. Join AP3 or PSP
  2. Complete program testing (a version of our new hire pilot interview) after earning your instrument rating; if successful receive a conditional job offer (CJO)
  3. 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
  4. Complete an application at expressjet.com/apply when you’re within six months of reaching your ATP/R-ATP minimums
  5. Select a date to start your ATP CTP class, paid for by ExpressJet, then start new hire training at ExpressJet (all training is paid)
  6. 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, joey.cook@expressjet.com, with any questions about AP3 or PSP.


We are excited to announce that we are now partnering with Airline Transport Program (ATP)! This new agreement will allow graduates from ATP’s Airline Career Program to receive up to $11,000 in tuition reimbursement from ExpressJet Airlines.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Graduate from ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program
  2. Gain experience with ATP as a paid certified flight instructor
  3. Interview with ExpressJet between 300 and 500 hours total time
  4. Accept ExpressJet’s conditional job offer and tuition reimbursement payments
  5. Begin your career at ExpressJet upon reaching 1500 hours total time

How much will ExpressJet put toward my loan payment?

Eligible students can only receive up to a maximum of $11,000 in tuition reimbursement from ExpressJet Airlines

What schools are eligible?

This agreement is exclusively for ATP students

When can I interview with ExpressJet?

Graduates of ATP’s Career Pilot Program with at least 300 hours total time can interview

When does this program go into effect?


 What is Airline Transport Program (ATP)?

A flight training program, located nationwide, that prepares students for airline pilot careers.

Where can I receive more information about ATP?

Please visit their website here, https://atpflightschool.com/





We are excited to announce that we are now offering an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) scholarship to one student this semester. All students enrolled in our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) or our new Preferred School Program (PSP) who have completed testing and earned a conditional job offer (CJO) are eligible.

Who can enter?

Scholarship is open to all AP3 and PSP members

When is the deadline to apply?

October 21 is the deadline to submit all required materials, no exceptions

What materials need to be submitted?

  • A brief essay explaining why this scholarship would benefit you
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Resume

Please submit all materials in one email to brittany.bunch@expressjet.com.

When will the scholarship be presented?

Scholarship will be presented on November 5 in Miami, Florida at the Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament presented by Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) South Florida Chapter. Student must provide their own transportation and lodging for this event.

Scholarship recipient must be able to receive the scholarship on November 5 in-person.

What are the judging criteria?

A review committee of pilot recruiters will score each submission on the following criteria. Each criterion will be judged on a 1-5 point scale.

  • Scholastic achievement
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Brief Essay
  • Resume
  • Private pilot with instrument privileges (minimum)

We look forward to reviewing your submissions.


Immediately after completing training you will be propelled into the aviation world of “crew life”. As a new first officer you will be accompanied by a captain and flight attendants who might use crew jargon. We want you to be prepared to jump right into the conversation with them. Below are a few of the terms you’ll hear from your crew:

Nap: Occurs when a pilot leaves their designated hub late at night to arrive to their destination early in the morning. Upon arrival to their destination they have 3-4 hours at the hotel to rest and then immediately following fly back to their hub. CRJ pilots commonly refer this as a nap however ERJ pilots tend to call these “standups”.

Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP): When severe weather disrupts air traffic near a hub an airline will declare SWAP, which develops a strategy to manage the severe weather event while maintaining the daily operations of the airline. SWAP will hold the airline to a different set of rules when it comes to rescheduling, canceling flights, and other avenues of maintaining the safety of both passengers and crew during extreme weather conditions.

IROP (Irregular Operation): This occurs when a flight fails for any reason to operate on schedule is cancelled, or has a change of equipment which cannot accommodate all confirmed passengers boarded the aircraft during the check-in process.

Time-Out: Crews are limited to the amount of duty time they are legally able to complete each day due to FAA regulations and union contractual agreements. This period of time ensures that crews are able to get the mandatory rest they need in order to safely operate their next scheduled flight.

We want to help you make the smart choice for your future by providing you with the information you need to know. If you have any questions about our crew life or work rules, visit flysmartchoice.com. In the upcoming weeks, we will be bringing you more aviation vocab terms.

Check out Crew Life:Part 1:


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At ExpressJet, we understand that you may have flying or other obligations that prevent you from traveling to a traditional interview in Atlanta or Houston. We are committed to providing you with flexible availability that will allow you to interview with our chief pilots, who will serve as your advocates throughout your career, at any of our bases, at any time.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Complete an application at expressjet.com/apply or via AirlineApps*
  2. Choose a date and base to visit at tinyurl.com/XJTChiefPilots
  3. ExpressJet recruiters – all pilots themselves – will contact you to confirm a date and time
  4. Interview with a chief pilot, tour the base and – hopefully – leave with a conditional job offer (CJO)!

*Candidates must be within six months of earning ATP/R-ATP requirements

Why would I want to meet with a chief pilot?
Chief pilots are your support system at each base. Their role is multifaceted, focused on being an advocate and mentor for their pilots. They also oversee flight operations and performance in their base, and they’re the person you’d come to if you have questions about your schedule, have a family emergency or need career advice. It’s always good to get to know the “boss” before you start a new job, and this is your opportunity to see how great ExpressJet’s leaders are.

What is a chief pilot interview?
The chief pilot interviews are exactly like our regular pilot interviews in our Atlanta or Houston offices. You’ll meet with the chief pilot and a recruiter, complete a knowledge/skills test and an HR interview, and – hopefully – leave with a conditional job offer (CJO)! Besides not having to travel far if you’re local to a base, you’ll also get to tour your future digs, meet your future boss and get a taste of what your days will be like as an ExpressJet first officer.

Where can I interview?
You can interview at any of our crew domiciles: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston or Newark.

When can I interview?
Anytime. You tell us your availability and we will do everything we can to make that happen.

Where do I schedule my interview with my future chief pilot?
First, make sure you’ve completed a first officer application at expressjet.com/apply. Then, sign up for a base and date at tinyurl.com/XJTChiefPilots.

Once your information is received, a member of the ExpressJet Airlines Pilot Recruitment team will be in touch to set up your appointment. We’ll see you soon!

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