United Takes Pilot Development to Greater Heights: United Aviate Academy’s First Class to Start Dec. 6 at New Training Facility in Phoenix

United's wholly owned subsidiary, United Aviate Academy, leases state-of-the-art flight-training facility and fleet of Cirrus aircraft at Phoenix Goodyear Airport

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United Airlines announced on December 3rd the inaugural class of 30 United Aviate Academy students began their studies on Dec. 6 at the new flight training academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport. The first class, 80% of whom are women or people of color, will complete a rigorous, year-long training program that sets them up for a career that reflects United’s high standard of professionalism and deep commitment to delivering a safe, caring, dependable and efficient travel experience. United Aviate Academy received more than 7,500 applications from aspiring pilots around the country in less than six months, with nearly 75% of those applicants being women or people of color.

After completing their training at the academy, students will build flight and leadership experience while working within the Aviate pilot development ecosystem at partner universities, professional flight training organizations and United Express carriers on their way to becoming United pilots. 

“We are thrilled to welcome our first class of students to the academy’s new home at Phoenix Goodyear airport,” said Mary Ann Schaffer, United’s chief pilot and member of the United Aviate Academy board of directors. “The facility ensures we have the resources to expand our training capabilities and that the next generation of aviators will receive industry-leading training toward their goal of becoming a pilot for United Airlines.” 

Following the inaugural class, United Aviate Academy anticipates welcoming between 25 and 50 new students each month and expects to train at least 500 students yearly, with a goal for at least half of those being women or people of color. United currently expects to hire at least 10,000 pilots by 2030.

United Aviate Academy at Phoenix Goodyear Airport

The state-of-the-art, 340,000 square-foot facility at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, which United Aviate Academy will lease from the city of Phoenix, will provide aspiring pilots with industry-leading resources, equipment, and accommodations. The facility was previously home to Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), and United Aviate Academy will sublease part of its facility to LAT, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, a United Star Alliance partner.

Other advantages the facility will offer to United Aviate Academy include:

  • Leasing a fleet of late-model Cirrus SR-20 series single-engine aircraft, which feature advanced safety characteristics 
  • Nearly 50,000 square feet of office space 
  • Multiple aircraft hangars 
  • Dormitory rooms for student housing with ample room for expansion 
  • Proximity to many auxiliary airfields in the Phoenix area 
  • Favorable weather for year-round flight training

For more information on United Aviate Academy, please visit unitedaviate.com or @unitedaviate on Instagram.

SOURCEAero Crew News, January 2022
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