OSU Flying Aggies Win $1,000

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.

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:



Meet Our Summer Interns

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

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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

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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

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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/.



Aviation Vocab 101: Work Rules

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 flysmartchoice.com or contact pilotrecruiting@expressjet.com.

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

How to select a flight training provider

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!

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