First Officer Joshua Schilling agrees that there’s no better place to launch your civilian flying career than GoJet. The regional airline’s Rotor Transition Program offers competitive compensation paired with one of the fastest upgrade times in the industry—making GoJet a top choice among military pilots. By providing $26,000 toward training, GoJet’s Rotor Transition Program helps helicopter pilots obtain the fixed-wing training they need to meet R-ATAP minimums. Military pilot, Joshua Schilling, utilized the program as a pathway to start flying commercially and explains below why GoJet was the best fit for his desired career path.
How did you begin your journey to a career in aviation?
I obtained my Private Pilot License from Kansas State University where I took Professional Aviation courses for one year. I then transferred to Louisiana Tech University continuing in Professional Aviation to complete my bachelor’s degree with Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-Engine licenses in 2003. When I completed my degrees, I enlisted in the Army and joined the Warrant Officer Program. After receiving my commission, I attended Army Rotary Wing Flight School where my passion for flying expanded. For the last 12 years, I have flown UH-60 Blackhawks for the Army and now the Colorado National Guard.
What made GoJet your regional airline of choice?
The recruiting team at GoJet went out of their way to get funding sent to my school of choice—The Air Force Flying Club in Colorado Springs—so that I could complete the time building I needed. The interactions I’ve experienced with the GoJet recruiting team have been beyond exceptional. GoJet staff is diligent, so I didn’t have to wait around for anyone. As soon as I decided to move forward with the program, they sent me my hotel, reservations, and the course materials that I needed. Also, having the ability to do my time-building while living at home and staying with my family made a huge difference in deciding which airline to go with. Most of us military folks have spent a considerable amount of time away from our families, so every little bit helps.
With GoJet, you’re able to quickly earn Pilot in Command time, and become attractive to a major airline carrier. Was this a factor in your choosing GoJet?
The transparency with the company has been great! They know and realize that they are a stepping stone to one of the major airlines. Having the opportunity to fly a larger regional aircraft was also more attractive to me than the smaller options that some of the other regionals are flying. The Denver base was an even larger factor in accepting my job offer with GoJet, because I live near the Denver area.
What advice would you give to a rotor pilot who wants to transition to an airline like GoJet?
I would recommend that pilots obtain their licenses prior to transitioning out of the military. This was incredibly helpful for me because I was able to start immediately with the airline that best fit my lifestyle and career goals.
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