Take to the Air with Spirit Airlines

Get on the Fast Track to Becoming a Pilot!

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Spirit Airlines Lands Milestone Partnership with Liberty University to Expand Pilot Pipeline

Liberty University has partnered with Spirit Airlines to offer the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program at the university’s School of Aeronautics in Lynchburg, Virginia.
This program puts graduates on the fast track to a rewarding career as a Spirit First Officer.

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How it Works

  1. Liberty University students enrolled in the aviation degree program can apply for the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program after completing their sophomore year or 500 hours of total flight time and obtaining a recommendation from a faculty member.
  2. Qualified students are interviewed by Spirit and, if selected, given a conditional offer of employment (COE).
  3. Program pilots are mentored as they work toward completing their degree program and the required hours for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate.
  4. After meeting minimum requirements for the R-ATP certificate, program pilots must successfully complete the Spirit-funded and approved Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) and Jet Transition Course.
  5. Graduates who meet all Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program requirements are hired as Airbus A320 First Officers at Spirit.

Your Future: Cleared for Takeoff

Liberty University is a national leader in aviation education and home to one of the largest faith-based collegiate aviation programs in North America. The School of Aeronautics will train you with the skills to lead in the aviation field.

In partnership with Spirit Airlines, the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program provides Liberty University students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, receive mentorship, and progress to a career as a professional airline pilot at a commercial airline upon graduation.

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For information contact the School of Aeronautics at aeronautics@liberty.edu or call 434-582-2183.