Dakota Heflin was only seven-years-old when he discovered his passion to work in the aviation industry. Now, a student pilot in GoJet’s Wingman Program, Heflin is experiencing an inside look into the commercial airline world.
“As a child, I was fortunate enough to have a pilot mentor who took me on my first plane ride at only seven-years-old to help me to overcome my fear of flying. This was the genesis of my never-ending passion to fly,” Heflin said. “Today, with GoJet’s Wingman Program, I have access to an experienced pilot mentor who guides me through my internship.”
GoJet’s Wingman Pilpeline Program provides promising pilots currently enrolled in a professional airline training program an internship at GoJet while they build flight time. Program participants become GoJet First Officers upon completion of ATP minimums, and may receive several benefits including tuition reimbursement, referral bonuses, limited flight benefits, and more.
Heflin admits that many new pilot’s struggle to find the correct pathway in the 121-airline industry.
“With so many options, choosing the right path can be a challenge, Heflin said. “Networking, knowing the right people, and simply being determined to achieve your dream are all great ways to get your foot in the door. I’ve learned that Airline Cadet Internship programs like this one have the best opportunities. This is a great jumpstart to my career.”
Students interested in becoming a GoJet Wingman undergo a short interview process. Once accepted into the program, GoJet will fly participants to the St. Louis-based headquarters to tour the facility.
“I loved having the chance to tour of Lambert’s air traffic control tower and GoJet’s maintenance hangar where we had a private viewing of the CRJ 700 and 900 airplanes,” Heflin said. “The full-motion simulator time at flight safety was an invaluable experience, and I also appreciate the opportunity observe my future colleagues in the jump seat on part 91 flights.”
To be deemed eligible for the Wingman Pipeline Program, participants must be currently enrolled and in good standing at an approved flight school or university. They must also carry a Private Pilot’s license & instrument rating, they must hold a FAA First Class Medical Certificate, must be eligible to work in the US and must have a valid passport.
For more information about GoJet Airlines’ Wingman Pipeline Program, visit gojetairlines.com