BAKERSFIELD, CA – California Aeronautical University is proud to announce that a student pilot in the university’s Bachelor’s in Aeronautics program has been accepted into the Mesa Airlines Southern Airways Cadet Program.
CAU student Tanner H. said he has always enjoyed flying and being in the air. When he decided to pursue a career in aviation, Tanner said he chose to earn his degree at the university because of its location and the supportive, learning atmosphere. He is now in the final year of the aeronautics program.
“I’ve always loved aviation,” said Tanner, “ever since I was little, I loved being up in the sky so I decided I might as well make a career out of it and so far I love it. I picked this school because it was local and I knew that they cared about all of the students. I love all of the instructors…and that everyone is very knowledgeable about aviation.”
After earning six certificates and ratings within the program, including private pilot, instrument pilot rating, and certified flight instructor, and accumulating approximately 700 hours as a CFI at the university, Tanner is now well positioned to join Mesa Airlines’ team as a first officer. He is expected to graduate in the fall of 2018.
He is the second CAU student to join Mesa’s Cadet Program.
CAU has partnered with several regional airlines to create opportunities for their graduates upon completion of their professional pilot degree program. Strong and growing relationships between the university and important airline partners, including Mesa Airlines, are critical to the success of CAU graduates entering the field.
As part of the partnership, CAU students have a clear pathway to a flight career with Mesa Airlines. Along with acceptance into the Mesa Airlines Southern Airways Cadet Program, qualified cadets can receive $15,000 in incentive sign-on bonuses, $10,000 upon acceptance and $5,000 after completion of 1,000 hours and a captain upgrade at Southern Airways Express. Cadets also begin accruing seniority and receive travel benefits.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our graduates,” said CAU President, Matthew Johnston. “As highly proficient aviators, we have no doubt Tanner, along with our other graduates, will make great pilots for Mesa Airlines.”
Providing regional service for American Airlines and United Airlines, Mesa Airlines offers competitive advancement opportunities due to their rapid growth, including doubling their fleet within two years. The air carrier created the Cadet Program in partnership with Southern Airways Express to provide a pathway for flight school graduates to become airline captains.
California Aeronautical University prepares students for exciting careers in aviation. Serving students from all over the country, the university offers professional pilot degree programs and other aviation-related training programs from its unparalleled purpose-built flight training facility at Meadows International Airport in Bakersfield, California. The university has developed career opportunities for its graduates with airlines across the nation. For information, visit www.calaero.com or call (661) 615-5915.