Our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) Camp has officially concluded today! The inaugural camp was developed as an effort to continue to educate, engage and empower future aviators across the country during the summer months when school is out of session. This aviation summer camp was tailored to students within our AP3 program that were senior level students or certified flight instructors.
Students applied by submitting an application, resume and letter of reference, and were chosen for a spot in the all-expenses-paid, three-day camp. AP3 Camp provided an opportunity for student pilots to explore, grow, develop new skills and form lasting relationships in a friendly, career-focused environment.
We hosted multiple sessions in both our Atlanta and Houston facilities in June, July and August. In total we had 42 students join us from 21 flight schools and universities across the country. Students attended from the following schools:
- Aerosim Flight Academy
- Auburn University
- Aviator College
- Bridgewater State University
- Central Washington University
- Delaware State University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Falcon Aviation Academy
- Henderson State University
- Jacksonville University
- Kansas State University , Salina
- Kent State University
- Liberty University
- Louisiana Tech University
- Middle Georgia State University
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Oklahoma State University
- Utah Valley University
- University of Dubuque
- University of North Dakota
- Western Michigan University
Campers participated in a number of fun and nurturing activities. Here are a few of the camp activities they got to participate in:
- Behind-the-scenes tour of ExpressJet’s facilities including our airport crew lounge, Flight Ops training center, maintenance hangar and Operation Support Center (Atlanta)
- Tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- Attend Delta Flight Museum (Atlanta) and 1940 Air Terminal Museum (Houston)
- Meet with ExpressJet leadership
- Sessions in our flight simulators
- Pilot shadow experience
- Professional development opportunities (headshots, mock interviews, resume critiques)
- Aviation Think Tank (campers present ideas to solve industry concerns)
- Bonding activities including Keemah Boardwalk, Painted Pin and Top Golf
- First officer interviews for eligible candidates
Check out some of the amazing moments from the camp below.
Three times a year we open our doors to invite students from across the country to experience all that ExpressJet has to offer. Fortunately for us, we consistently have the privilege to host the best and brightest individuals who have a passion for aviation. During this summer session we have four new interns joining our team for the next few months.
Meet our new interns:
Meet Stacy Gonzalez, Flight Operations Safety
Stacy attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology and Safety in May 2016. Immediately after graduating she joined the ExpressJet team as an intern. Thus far, her favorite part of the experience has been the flexibility she receives to work in various safety related departments allowing her a panoramic view of the daily functions of one of the largest departments at ExpressJet. Her goal for the internship is to continue to work alongside various safety groups and to establish a foundation of knowledge that will be beneficial toward her career goals.
Meet Terrence Braddock, Flight Operations Safety
Terrence is an involved senior-level student at Middle Tennessee State University where he is majoring in Aerospace with a Professional Pilot concentration and a Flight Dispatch add-on. The highlight of his experience thus far has been the welcoming personalities and gestures made by the ExpressJet team as a whole. Many of our employees mention how they feel welcomed and a part of the team on day one. He hopes to learn more about 121 operations and the airline industry in general. His goal is to one day become a check airman for a respected airline.
Meet Brian Reedy, Flight Operations
Brian attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona where he is a double major in Aviation Business Administration and Aeronautical Science. Similar to his peers, his favorite part of the internship experience has been the friendly and uplifting environment at ExpressJet. From this experience he hopes to learn how an airline develops company culture. Many professionals in the industry consider ExpressJet to be highly recognized and respected. At some point during his experience he hopes to see what different departments are doing to ensure that the culture is held to such a high standard and held constant when the company is spread out over the entire eastern half of the United States. Long term, it is Brian’s goal to end up in a management position at an airline after serving as a pilot for at least a decade.
Meet Ryan Adler, Flight Operations
Ryan Adler is a student at the University of North Dakota majoring in Commercial Aviation and Aviation Management. Thus far, his program highlight has been the autonomy in fulfilling assignments and the workplace respect he has received from the pilot recruiters that he works alongside. Being immersed in the internal operations of an airline is a priceless experience that most people won’t receive until they are a full-time employee. There are so many opportunities to contribute within the airline other than being a pilot, and Ryan knows he wants to be more involved than flying the line one day as a full -time employee. Similar to most young aviators, he hopes to fly for a major airline one day. However at some point he hopes to transition into a management position at an airline.
You too can become an ExpressJet intern. For more information please visit, http://blog.expressjet.com/intern/.