RJet Cadet Program & Flight Time Initiative

Become an RJet Cadet, Your Runway to a Career in Commercial Aviation

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Are you ready to get your piloting career off the runway and soaring? There’s no faster, better way to go from taxi to cruising altitude than with Republic Airline. Our RJet Cadet program makes the transition from classroom to flight deck easy with special events, a preferred interview track and more.

Rjet Cadets attend exclusive events to meet our team, tour our facilities, get hands-on with our aircraft and learn what it means to be a Republic Airline pilot.Republic is America’s leading regional carrier. We fly the world’s largest fleet of Embraer E170/175 aircraft - the most advanced commercial aircraft aloft - to destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean. We work in partnership with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to carry millions of passengers to their destinations safely, reliably and comfortably. Our long-term agreements with the three largest airlines in the world means stability, growth opportunities and - with 10 bases throughout the United States - the broadest range of domiciles in the business. Our pilots receive industry-leading pay and benefits and a package of work rules that support a pilot’s quality of life.

If you’re a student aviator enrolled in a Part 141 program, you could get your conditional offer of employment as a Republic First Officer - starting pay $40.40 per hour - upon receiving your instrument rating and completion of our interview process. For RJet Cadets, that process is one - and only one - interview with a recruiter and a Republic line pilot.

For a fast track to your aviation career, fill out a Republic Alrline pilot’s application HERE, and one of our dedicated pilot recruiters will reach out to you to schedule your interview, complete your RJet Cadet enrollment and guide you to your future.


Get Past the Flight Line

Not everyone has what it takes to fly for Republic. If you’re looking to join the best cadre of aviation professionals in the world, here’s what’ll get you started:


Your office with a great view.  The flight deck of the Embraer 170/175, the world's most advanced commercial aircraft.

        Instrument rating  
        Minimum 3.0 GPA
        Eligibility to work in the United States
        Valid driver’s license
        Enrolled in a Part 141 flight program in the United States

        20-minute interview with a Republic Airline pilot recruiter
        20 questions drawn from the ATP/CTP written test
        20-minute interview with a Republic Airline line pilot


Why Fly as an RJet Cadet

  • Invitations to exclusive company events
  • Qualify for our "Flight Time Initiative" program that will pay for your final 100 hours of flight time (including multi time).  See more about this innovative program below.
  • Paid ATP-CTP course upon reaching ATP/R-ATP minimum flight experience requirements
  • Paid hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the ATP-CTP
  • Placement into the next open First Officer class upon reaching minimums
  • No additional interviews required

Apply Now!


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Flight Time Initiative

Because we’re passionate about our people and their success, we invest in your training and development.  Our Flight Time Initiative will pay for up to your last 100 hours of total flight time OR your remaining multi-engine time necessary to meet the ATP or R - ATP minimums. The FTI program accelerates your way into the ranks of Republic aviators who earn industry-leading pay, fly the most advanced commercial aircraft in the industry and work with the best team of aviation professionals on the ground and in the air.

FTI gives you a jumpstart on what it’s like to fly as a commercial airline pilot even as it helps you complete your ATP and R-ATP requirements. FTI participants receive an “all-inclusive” package that includes lodging, food, aircraft rental, transportation costs as well as a personalized flight schedule designed to meet your individual requirements for night-time, cross-country and multi-engine hours.

NOT READY TO APPLY FOR FTI?  If you have more than 200 hours of flight time left to reach your ATP or R-ATP requirements, the best way to get the inside track on becoming an FTI participant is to join our RJet Cadet program. Click HERE to join now!

Email FTI@rjet.com with any questions.



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