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Compass Airlines

Compass Airlines serves over 6 million passengers annually, averaging over 300 daily departures to destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Compass operates a fleet of 62 Embraer 170/175 aircraft on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and Delta Air Lines (as Delta Connection). Headquartered in Minneapolis, Compass has crew bases in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Seattle.


Compass Airlines is currently offering a guaranteed job interview to candidates who successfully complete the direct pathway to Compass 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 Compass 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 Compass 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 Compass Airlines

For more information on Compass Airlines employment, company and hiring requirements please visit their website at Compass Airlines Careers.


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