PHOENIX, Aug 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Mesa Air Group, Inc. subsidiary Mesa Pilot Development announces the opening of its newest training facility located at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. In conjunction with the opening of its training facility, Development has sigMesa Pilot nificantly expanded the training opportunities for individuals interested in becoming aviation professionals. Mesa Pilot Development has been a leader in professional pilot training since its founding in 1989, offering structured flight training under Part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, modeled after world-class military flight training methods, techniques and standards. Since its founding, Mesa Pilot Development has graduated over 1100 professional pilots; over 800 of these pilots were offered first officer positions at Mesa Airlines upon completion of the Mesa Pilot Development training program.
With the opening of its newest training facility, Mesa Pilot Development will begin offering a full range of training opportunities and FAA certificates to interested candidates. Courses offered will range from training individuals with no flight experience through training courses designed for individuals interested in becoming professional pilots. For the first time, Mesa Pilot Development will offer its training program to individuals who are not enrolled in an affiliated degree based program, thereby significantly expanding the access of this valuable training and eliminating the unnecessary expenses associated with a non-airline academic course curriculum.
“We are excited to announce the opening of our newest training facility and the expansion of our training program,” noted Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Air Group, Inc. “Mesa Pilot Development has a proven history of graduating the highest caliber professional pilots who are now employed in virtually every sector of the aviation industry. Through this expansion of the Mesa Pilot Development program, we are set to meet the needs of the next generation of aviation professionals and believe that Mesa Pilot Development offers opportunities that are unmatched throughout the industry,” continued Ornstein.
In addition to its proven training program, Mesa Pilot Development offers postgraduate employment opportunities that other training programs cannot match, including guaranteed interviews at Mesa Airlines, Inc. for candidates successfully completing the required professional pilot training courses. This exclusive arrangement with Mesa Airlines has resulted in the direct employment of over 800 professional pilots, and will place graduates into first officer positions operating state-of-the-art regional jet aircraft. In addition, in anticipation of the FAA’s pending increase in minimum flight experience to serve as an airline transport pilot, Mesa has created an industry first program to assist graduates in gaining the 1500 hours of flight experience necessary to serve as an airline first officer. This program will eliminate thousands of dollars of training expenses for candidates accepted into the program.
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About Mesa Airlines
Mesa currently operates 77 aircraft with approximately 419 daily system departures to 93 cities, 35 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go! Airlines. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,700 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005. For more information please visit us at www.mesa-air.com .
SOURCE: Mesa Air Group, Inc.