Trans States Airlines operates a fleet of Embraer 145 aircraft on behalf of United Airlines and American Airlines.  Trans States is one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the country, with 52 additional Embraer 145 aircraft scheduled for delivery through 2016.  Trans States expects to serve over 3.6 million passengers in 2016, with approximately 237 daily flights providing service to over 70 cities in North America.  Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Trans States has crew domiciles in St. Louis (STL), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD), Denver (DEN) and Raleigh-Durham (RDU).

Trans States Airlines is currently hiring first officer pilots and L3 Airline Academy can help get you there. Trans States Airlines is currently offering a guaranteed job interview to candidates who successfully complete the direct pathway to Trans States Airlines careers as outlined below.

Step 1: Minimum Requirements for L3 Airline Academy

  • Must be US citizen or resident
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Proof of English proficiency (FAR 61.103 must read, speak, write and understand English language)
  • Note: Must pass FAA first class medical certificate, drug test and background test during enrollment process
  • Minimum age 17*

*Applicant must turn 18 no more than six months after enrolling at the academy.

Step 2: Selection Process

  • Enrollment application
  • Obtain FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • Flight Training Records release form to airline

Step 3: Enrollment Process

  • Proof of funding
  • Authorization to obtain health insurance form
  • TSA registration

Step 4: Flight Training

L3 Airline Academy Professional Pilot Program Overview:

  • Private Pilot License
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Single-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Professional Pilot Program (transfer student)*:

  • *Private Pilot License completed outside of L3 Airline Academy
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate
  • Commercial Single-Engine Add-on Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate

Course Design:

Ground Training: 660 hours

  • Introduction to Aviation Communication
  • Private Pilot Single Ground School
  • Instrument Airplane Ground School
  • Commercial Pilot Multi-Ground School
  • Flight Instructor Single Ground School

Flight Training:

  • Private Pilot Single Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Instrument Airplane Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Commercial Pilot Multi-Flight Lab: PA-44 Seminole
  • Commercial Single-Add Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20
  • Flight Instructor Single Flight Lab: Cirrus SR20/PA-28

Simulator Training:

  • Cirrus SR20 FAA Level 6 FTD, PA-44 Seminole FTD

Step 5: Flight Instruction & Time Building

  • Interview for L3 Airline Academy Flight Instructor position*
  • Instruct L3 Airline Academy Students
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Course
  • Multi-Engine Instructor Course
  • Jet Transition Training Course (CRJ200 FAA Level 5 FTD)
  • Interview preparation for Trans States Airlines

*Upon successful completion of the Professional Pilot Program, L3 Airline Academy will guarantee students an interview to be potentially employed as a Flight Instructor. Hiring is based on multiple factors, including candidates’ past training performance, communication and teaching skills, and the needs of the company, as well as successful completion of L3 Airline Academy ’s Certified Flight Instructor Standardization Course.

Step 6: Interview for TSA First Officer Position

Minimum Requirements for Interview:

  • ATP written completed
  • 1500 hours total time:
  • 500hrs Cross-Country Time (100 hours PIC)
  • 75hrs Instrument Time
  • 75hrs Multi-Engine Time
  • 100hrs Night Time (25 hours PIC)
  • 250hrs Pilot-in-Command Time
  • Minimum Age: 23
  • First Class Medical certificate
  • Commercial/Multi/Instrument, CFI, CFII, and MEI Rated
  • Jet Transition Training Course completed
  • Drug Test & Background Check
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator’s Permit (RP)
  • Academy Recommendations
  • Checkride or examination performance (Failures: 0 preferred, 1 acceptable, 2+ case by case)

Step 7: Employment at TSA

For more information on how to become a Trans States pilot, careers and hiring requirements please visit their website at Trans States Airlines. Click here to learn more about the TSA Pathway Program with L3 Airline Academy and speak to an admissions representative.

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