Here is an update we recently received from Casey Jackson, who left us at the beginning of October to work for SkyWest:
I am really excited to be starting with SkyWest, but at the same time sad to be leaving UVU. It has truly been an amazing experience flying for such a great school.
What’s next for you at SkyWest?
I was hired to fly the ERJ 175 for SkyWest. Right now, SkyWest has two ERJ 175 bases open – Chicago and San Francisco. They are currently getting two new ERJs each month, which should continue through the middle of 2015. I won’t know which base I will be awarded until later in training.
How was your experience with the SkyWest-UVU Pilot Cadet Program?
I would have to say it was pretty good, although I didn’t realize how good until the first day of training with SkyWest. Here is a quick rundown of how the program went and what I received from it:
After being accepted in to the program, we were all invited to the SkyWest facility in Salt Lake City. The first thing we did was join a new hire class of pilots and mechanics, and the Employment Center staff showed a presentation about SkyWest from its beginnings to where it is today. We then did all the things that the new hires do: our photos were taken for cadet badges, we were fingerprinted and drug tested, and we completed training and entered basic information for benefits and employment online. We were given a tour of the building and were taken into a CRJ900 and, I believe, a CRJ700, where we had the chance to sit in the pilot seat and take some photos. After lunch, Ben Lowe, a SkyWest Airlines Captain talked to us about what we could expect from the cadet program.
Over the next few months we had email contact with a number of mentors from SkyWest. They sent us suggestions on things to study in preparation for joining the airline and answered any questions we had. From time to time, Ben Lowe would come down to UVU and meet with us to give encouragement, offer advice and answer questions. When the day finally came for my final interview, I believe I was more prepared because of the cadet program, and I felt more comfortable because I already knew some of the people doing the interview.
As I mentioned, I didn’t know how awesome the program was until the first day of my SkyWest training. I was in class with six other people. I learned from talking with them that they all had been flying 135 operations and many of them have more time and experience than I do. The topic of seniority came up. I thought for sure I would be on the bottom of the list. Because of the cadet program and the fact that I was hired as a cadet almost half a year ago, I have the highest seniority in my class. Seniority is a significant benefit. Also, because I had already been through the pre-hire process as a cadet and already had a company ID, I had flight benefits starting day one. That means I will able to fly home and see my family this weekend.
These are just a few of the benefits I have seen come from the cadet program. And who knows? There may be more to come; today is only the first day of class…
For more information about the SkyWest-UVU Pilot Cadet Program.