Spirit Airlines and CAE Launch New Spirit Wings Pilot Journey Program for Aspiring Commercial Pilots

Spirit Airlines and CAE announced on October 24 the launch of the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program which aims to expand the carrier’s pool of highly skilled professional pilots. The program, located at CAE’s flight academy in Phoenix, Arizona, will put graduates on the fast track to a successful career as a Spirit pilot.

Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway is designed to mentor future Spirit co-pilots on their journey to the flight deck. Candidates can enroll in the program after successfully completing flight training at the CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy and completing approximately 500 total flight hours. If they pass the Spirit interview process, they will receive a Conditional Job Offer (COE), a Spirit Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), and be mentored as they work to complete the minimum hours required for a ATP certificate.

“CAE is a great partner for us because of its commitment to safety and operational excellence, as well as its dedication to finding solutions to student training needs,” said Ryan Rodosta, Senior Director of Flight Operations and chief system pilot for Spirit Airlines. “At Spirit, we recognize that pilots are the heart of an airline. We have one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, and we fly to world-class destinations. We let’s grow quickly and create a great career-opportunity to grow.”

“This new program will provide Spirit Airlines with a pool of qualified pilots as it expands its fleet and route network,” said Nick Leontidis, Group President, Civil Aviation, CAE. “CAE and Spirit Airlines share an unwavering commitment to safety, and the Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway will provide cadets with an immersive training experience that will give them the skills and confidence to begin a successful flying career with Spirit Airlines.

Spirit is growing rapidly with new stations starting operations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Spirit also expects to accept 24 brand-new aircraft in 2022, bringing its fleet total to 197 aircraft, with an additional 33 new aircraft expected to be delivered in 2023. The airline’s growth provides opportunities for first officers to quickly upgrade to captain and fly some of the newest aircraft in the industry. Spirit pilots also receive excellent training and enjoy one of the best qualities of life for themselves and their families.

Ryan H. Bowman