July 18, 2013 - Say you're an airline with openings for quality pilot candidates. Where would you look? SkyWest Airlines decided this year to do so at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and is working with Redbird Flight Simulations at the Redbird exhibit, inviting airline career hopefuls to apply, interview, and prove their pilot skills during the week.
Pilots who meet SkyWest's published minimums (1,500 hours' total time and other criteria) are invited to complete a SkyWest Airlines pilot interview and flight skills test right on the AirVenture grounds.
The process starts at the SkyWest canopy located directly behind the Redbirds exhibit, No. 208. Candidates need to show proof of experience and undergo the verbal portion of the interview.
Next step is a full simulator portion on a full-motion Redbird King Air 350i sim, where applicants will be required to demonstrate airmanship, proficiency, IFR skills, and abilities. While no King Air time is required or expected, proficient IFR skills are mandatory.
SkyWest stresses that these will be real interviews, and the airline may extend conditional job offers to those who successfully complete the process. Applicants from all facets of aviation are encouraged to apply in person at Redbird's AirVenture display. Just look for the SkyWest banner. Casual air show attire is appropriate.
SkyWest Airlines, headquartered in St. George, Utah, currently operates 330 aircraft flying to 175 destinations. In 2012, SkyWest carried 26.2 million passengers.