At Mesa, Recruiting Is About Helping Pilots Progress In Their Careers

Pilots choose Mesa because of the real opportunities that exist for both experienced pilots and newcomers to the industry. Mesa's training, job security and upgrade times are second to none. A
 testament to our success and future opportunities – is the fact that – while our growth is among the fastest in the industry, our pilot attrition is among the lowest.

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$50,000 Sign-On Bonus

•$22,500 paid after the completion of training*
•$5,000 additional payment for pilots who currently have 500 hours of part 121 flight time in a CRJ, EMB145, or EMB175*
•$2,500 additional payment for pilots who choose the CRJ and currently hold a CL-65 Type Rating*
•$20,000 paid after the completion of Year 3*

*Unless the pilot is eligible for Captain upgrade based on company seniority and FAA Part 121 requirements
 *First Officer Programs are subject to adjustment if the wages in Section 3 of the Collective Bargaining are adjusted

100% Cancellation Pay including Block or Better Pay
Monthly Line Guarantee
11 Days Off Minimum per Month
6 Incentive Paid Holidays per Year
200% Premium Pay
Pilots hired at Mesa Airlines receive an Airline Transport Pilot type rating upon completion of initial training (CL-65 or EMB170/190)
Pilots receive unlimited travel benefits including jumpseat privileges
Family members (spouse, domestic partner, dependents, and parents) also receive travel benefits on our code share partners
Mesa Airlines offers competitive medical, dental, vision, and life benefits
401 (K) Pilot contribution up to 10% along with a 50% company match
Generous Commuter Policy
Paid Parking in Pilot's domicile or in Pilot's commuting airport
Paid Known Crew Member (KCM)
$40 Continuous Monthly Payment for iPad Reimbursement

Minimum Qualifications & Hour Requirements

1500 hours Total Flight Time
500 hours Cross Country Time
100 hours Total Night Time
50 hours Multi Engine Time, Fixed Wing
250 hours of Pilot in Command Time, Fixed wing
100 hours of Instrument Time

FAA Issued Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi Engine and Instrument ratings
FAA Letter of Verification of Foreign Licenses

Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
Ability to demonstrate instrument proficiency
FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
Current Valid Passport
At least 23 years of age
Legally authorized to work in the U.S.
Ability to Obtain a Social Security Number
Able to pass security background check and FAA mandated drug test
High school diploma or GED
Ability to read and speak English language

E-3 Visa Process

Apply Online to Mesa Airlines
Paperwork/Hours/Qualifications/Degree Verification/Logbooks/Licences FAA CPL/ATP Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate
If You Do Not Posses a Social Security Number Please Enter 123-45-6789 on the Application
Interview with Mesa Airlines to Receive Formal Job Offer
Signed Offer Letter Sent to the Pilot
Labor Condition Application (LCA) Approval (within Mesa Airlines)
Candidate Schedules an appointment with Local Consulate for the Visa interview
Travel to Phoenix AZ for Training

Here is the link for the E3 Visa process in Australia which will help in the process.


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With pilots at Mesa Airlines currently upgrading to Captain in a little as 20-24 months, we offer the most competitive career progression in the industry. This new pilot recruitment program combined with our rapid advancement resulting from our expansion of highly desirable large regional jets ensures that you are making the correct choice for your future as a Mesa Airlines pilot.

The Pilot Recruitment Program incentives apply only to First Officer compensation. Having the opportunity to upgrade rapidly to Captain not only increases your earnings, but provides you with valuable Pilot in Command time.

More Opportunity, Enhanced Compensation, Greater Career Development…Mesa Airlines provides this all to you. Average time on reserve for our first officers is ranging between 2-4 months from the completion of training!

Get paid and earn seniority while you obtain your ATP-CTP Written! Unlike our competition, Mesa Airlines only operates the most desirable fleet of regional jets with 70 seats or more!

Our fleet of large regional jets has grown to 144.
..yes, our fleet doubled in two years and we expect to continue our growth. We understand your career goals. For job stability and a quick path to upgrade, apply now. It is a great time to join Mesa Airlines!

Take a look at our Recruiting Events Page to find out where we will be next!
Email us with your questions at pilot.recruitment@mesa-air.com.

Accommodation for Applicants With Disabilities: Mesa Airlines, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may email us at HRADMIN@mesa-air.com or alternatively send a fax to 602-685-4350.  In order to quickly respond to your request, please use the words "Accommodation Request" as the subject line of your email or as the title of your fax document.

Candidates who have previously interviewed for a Flight Officer position are required to wait a minimum of six months before reapplying.


As an equal opportunity employer, Mesa Airlines recognizes that our strength lies in our people.


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