Work Rules Breakdown

Frequently, in the recruiting conversation, the term “work rules” is repeated consistently. However, do you really know what these work rules are and how they benefit you? Do you really know how these work rules apply to your job as a future pilot? With more than a dozen work rules for each airline it can become overwhelming to remember it all. There’s a lot to think about when you’re making your decision on where to begin your commercial aviation career. We aim to help you make the smart choice for your future by giving you the information you need to make an informed decision. Below you can find some of our work rules, and information to help you make the right decision for you.

Per Diem: Term to describe the method used by flight crewmembers to account for their meals and incidental expenses paid by the company while they are on the road

At ExpressJet we offer a per diem rate of $1.85/hr. effective on the date we signed our new contract extension and an increase to $1.90/hr. effective 18 months after your date of signing. That currently adds up to $44.40 per 24 hour day away from home.

Pay Protection: Guaranteed pay

Crewmembers receive full pay protection for cancelled or reassigned flights at ExpressJet. If your flights/trip becomes cancelled, you are still paid at the same rate as if you were still flying a trip.

Deadhead Pay: From time to time the airline needs to reposition crewmembers to another city to fly their next flight. They fly as passengers in the back with the passengers, and here at ExpressJet our crewmembers are paid their full hourly rate to do so.

We provide 100% deadhead pay when crewmembers are repositioning for work.

Duty/Trip Rig Pay: Trip rig pay is based on time away from base. Duty rig pay is the amount of time based on the duration of time spent on duty.

At ExpressJet we offer duty/trip rig pay on top of pay for time in the air.

Our ERJ trip rigs are:
4 day trip = Minimum 15 hours of pay
3.75 hours of min day pay for an off day pick up
3 hours of min day pay for a calendar day layover on a trip
2 hours of min day pay for a flying day during a trip

Our CRJ duty rigs are:
Paid 1 minute for every 2 minutes of work up to 12 hours (1:2)
Paid 1 minute for every 1 minute of work after 12 hours (1:1)
3.87 hours of min day pay

Profit Sharing: A benefit where employees are able to receive a direct share of the profits made.

ExpressJet’s Scoreboard Rewards program rewards our people for company performance. All employees receive equal monetary rewards based on meeting our performance goals, paid out quarterly. In addition, we offer a profit-sharing program that shares our company’s profits with all team members. Our pilots will receive a minimum guaranteed profit-sharing payout for 2016 ($1,000) and 2017 ($1,500). Total value of profit sharing payments shall be equal to 6% of the net profit of ExpressJet Airlines, distributed equally among all eligible pilots, or the minimum guarantees, whichever is higher.

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 industry leading work rules, visit or contact

Check out the other articles in our Aviation Vocab 101 Series:

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Did you know that ExpressJet Airlines offers internships for students interested in a career in flight operations? An internship at ExpressJet provides you with the opportunity to gain an inside look at the aviation industry from a regional airline’s perspective.

Interns are able to see the daily functions and career possibilities in aviation, and work in the fast-paced environment managing one of the best and biggest regional airlines in the country. You’ll gain valuable professional experience that you will be able to apply to various aspects of your potential career.

Program Overview
This is an opportunity to learn from our engaged pilot recruiting team members, make valuable and lasting contributions to ExpressJet, and gain a network of mentors who are invested in helping you develop both personally and professionally.

This is a competitive, paid internship opportunity. Interns will earn $9.25/hour for 28/hours per week, and will also receive personal flight privileges (free and reduced fare travel) for the duration of the internship. The curriculum of our internship program allows for it to be counted toward college credit at many colleges and universities across the county.

Daily Responsibilities
We tailor each internship the individual. If you’re interested in a particular subject or project, we’ll make sure you get an opportunity to pursue that. While no two days are the same at ExpressJet, here are some of the items you can expect to participate in:

  • Assist in the coordination and execution of pilot recruiting events
  • Provide supplementary support to EPIC Ambassadors
  • Conduct guided facility tours
  • Contribute in electronically disseminating information to Airline Pathway Program members
  • Attend on-site activities (career fairs, industry events, etc.) as needed
  • Support various office administrative duties


  • Must be a college student/recent graduate with an interest in an aviation-related career
  • Solid organizational and project management abilities
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a general understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team as well as acting autonomously as appropriate
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must hold a commercial engine rating

Applications for our fall semester interns are due by May 31. Remember, you will arrive as an intern but leave as member of the ExpressJet family.

So you know you want to become a pilot, but now what? Fortunately, it is a student’s market when looking for a FAA-certified (approved) flight training program. The choices are endless with more than 100 schools throughout the country. Before selecting the right school for you, we encourage you to consider the following.

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What kind of pilot job to you want?
Have you asked yourself what you want from your aviation career? Do you want to be a commercial airline pilot? Corporate/charter pilot? Medical ambulance pilot? Thoroughly research which aviation career you are interested in. You want to make sure you understand the requirements of your dream job now.

Do you want/need a degree, or should you start your career as soon as possible?
Pilots who want to fly commercially must be 21 and meet the FAA’s Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification requirements, but outside of those two musts each airline – regional and major – have their own additional requirements. At ExpressJet, we look for pilots who are competent, knowledgeable and passionate – we don’t require a degree. Some people prefer to attend a flight training school where they focus solely on earning their certifications, ratings and hours, while others want the college experience or are seeking a degree in aviation or another field.

Also consider if you want a career at the major airlines one day – some require degrees while others don’t. If you do want to go the college/university route, you can major in aviation management or aviation science or a related degree, which may qualify you for the Restricted ATP (R-ATP) that allows you to start your career with less hours (1,000 or 1,250). However, the majors simply require “a degree” so sometimes it’s smart to choose an unrelated field that you’re interested in, like English or Information Science. There’s also the possibility of completing your degree later while you’re flying professionally – that’s one of the perks of the flexible schedule of pilot life!

Part 61 vs Part 141
You haven’t even step foot on the campus yet, but you keep hearing the terms Part 61 vs Part 141. What does that really mean for you, the student? The terms refer to the federal regulations under which the program has the authority to train pilots. The difference:

Part 61

Advantages Disadvantages
Flexible training environment Less structured training environment
Ideal for part-time students Requires more flight training hours
Curriculum is adaptable for each student Self-study environment
Usually less expensive

Part 141

Advantages Disadvantages
More structured environment Not ideal for those who are doing leisure training
Ideal for full-time students Less flexible pace
Complete your certificates sooner May not be available everywhere
Study is classroom based Curriculum is not student specific
Usually more expensive

The cost of flight training is substantial regardless of whether you’re looking into Part 61 or 141 aviation programs. Making sure that you receive the highest quality education that best suits your career needs should be the primary focus. You can learn more about options for paying for flight training here: Paying for flight school.

Partner Programs
Many universities and flight schools have established partner relationships with regional and even major airlines. Attending a school that has this type of relationship can be the difference between you graduating with a conditional job offer (CJO) at a regional airline or job hunting on your own after completing your hours. Look at the regional airlines that your school is partnered with. ExpressJet has relationships with more than 50 schools across the country through our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3). Then, see if that regional airline has any pathway programs with major carriers that you are interested in. Currently, ExpressJet has pathway programs with JetBlue and United.

Make sure that you ask questions to determine which school is best for YOU. Picking your flight training provider is not a decision to take lightly – you have every right to ask questions about the education you are receiving and you should.

All of this information can seem overwhelming, but it is important to research your decision early on when deciding where to complete your flight training. ExpressJet encourages you to continue to pursue your dreams as an aviator!


We’re excited to announce our 2016 Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) Summer Camp. The camp is an extension of our commitment of educating, engaging and empowering future aviators across the country. This enrichment camp offers attendees an opportunity to expand their horizons and embark on a new adventure that will challenge and enlighten them both personally and professionally.

What is the Airline Pilot Pathway Program?
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 AP3 Camp?
Tailored to senior level aviation students and/or certified flight instructors, AP3 Camp provides an opportunity for student pilots to explore, grow, develop new skills and form lasting relationships in a friendly, career-focused environment. This all-inclusive experience will be offered to 48 students each year, chosen by ExpressJet leaders based on individual applications.

Here are some of the activities you’ll experience in as part of AP3 Camp:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of ExpressJet’s facilities including our airport crew lounge, Flight Ops training center, maintenance hangar and Operation Support Center (OSC)
  • Tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport or George Bush Intercontinental Airport
  • Exclusive meeting with ExpressJet leadership
  • Sessions in our flight simulators
  • Pilot shadow experience
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Aviation think tank
  • On-site interviews, dependent on individual candidates

When and where is the camp?
Two camps will be held each session – one in Atlanta and in Houston.

June Session Monday, June 27 – Wednesday, June 29
July Session Monday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 13
August Session Monday, Aug. 1 – Wednesday Aug. 3

How much does the camp cost?
ExpressJet covers a majority of the cost associated with camp, excluding travel and personal spending money for the duration of the camp. Lodging, meals, and all activities are provided for free to selected attendees.

Who is eligible for the camp?
AP3 camp is open to senior level aviation students and/or certified flight instructors who are members of AP3 at our partner schools. Students must complete the AP3 Camp application to be considered. ExpressJet leadership will select 48 participants (16 for each session).

How do I apply?
The application window will be open Apr. 6-May 10. To apply, complete the online application at and then submit your resume and a letter of reference to In the subject line write, “John Doe’s Additional Documents for AP3 Camp,” Applications without these supporting documents will be considered incomplete.

When will candidates be notified?
Selected candidates will be contacted on May 16 via the email address and/or phone number provided in the application.

Contact for any additional questions.

Apr. 30 Open Houses

Come explore one of the best regional airlines in the industry at ExpressJet’s Spring Open Houses, and invest in your future career. ExpressJet Airlines is pleased to announce our annual Open House events at both our Atlanta and Houston locations on Apr. 30, 2016.  Both Open House events will be held 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET/CT, and we encourage you to reserve time slots for the various events at

Our Open House events aim to help you make the smart choice for your future by providing you an inside look at what it’s like to start your career at ExpressJet. During this event you will have the opportunity to:

  • Go on a guided behind-the-scenes tour giving you a look at our flight operations, maintenance facilities and Operation Support Center (OSC)
  • Talk with pilot recruiters
  • Listen to former ExpressJet pilots who have transitioned to the majors about how ExpressJet prepared them for the next step in their career
  • Learn about financial aid opportunities available to finance your flight training
  • Attend workshops to help you plan for your pilot career (schedule will be published here soon!)
  • Interact with local flight schools
  • Experience flight with a free session in our flight simulators

The Houston Open House event will take place at 17445 JFK Blvd., Houston, TX 77032. The Atlanta Open House will take place at 990 Toffie Terrace, Atlanta, GA 30354.

We encourage future pilots, students and their parents, and aviation enthusiasts to attend. Registration isn’t necessary to attend, but will ensure your desired time slot for the tour, workshops, pilot meet and greet or interview. If you are interested in signing up for a simulator sessions you must register as slots will fill up fast! Only one slot per attendee is allowed. Register for all events at

ExpressJet looks forward to meeting you!

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