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Spirit Partners With Lynn University for Airline’s First University Based Pilot Training Program

Spirit Airlines has partnered with Lynn University to launch the carrier’s first university-based training program. Aspiring pilots can now join the fast track to a rewarding career at Spirit while they finish college.


Spirit Airlines and Lynn University Team Up to Launch the Airline's First University-Based Pilot Training Program - Courtesy Spirit Airlines/PRNewswire

On Monday (February 13, 2023), Spirit Airlines announced that they have teamed up with Lynn University to launch the carrier’s first university-based pilot training program. Now, aspiring pilots can join the fast track to a rewarding career with Spirit while finishing college. The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program will be available at Lynn University’s Burton D. Morgan College of Aeronautics in Boca Raton, Florida, marking the first of its kind collaboration for Spirit. The program will allow students to attend a traditional university, while gaining valuable experience toward a future flying career.


In Monday’s announcement, Spirit Airlines’ Senior Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot, Ryan Rodosta, said,


“As a Lynn graduate, it’s especially rewarding to work with my alma mater and create valuable opportunities for the next generation of pilots. Lynn and Spirit both have a strong presence in South Florida, which makes for an exciting collaboration as the school develops highly skilled pilots for our growing airline.”


Also commenting on the new collaboration, Lynn University’s Burton D. Morgan College of Aeronautics’ Interim Dean, Mike Petroski, said,


“This opportunity with Spirit Airlines opens another door for Lynn's highly trained students to advance and achieve success in their future aviation careers. The program allows Spirit access to our pool of talented aeronautic students, who in turn will receive mentorship, quality training, and the opportunity to progress to a rewarding career at a commercial airline.”


The Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway program aims to expand the airline’s pipeline of professional pilots by offering mentorship, guidance and a clearly defined path to becoming a Spirit First Officer. Lynn University students can apply for the program after their sophomore year and obtaining a recommendation from a College of Aeronautics faculty member. If a candidate is successful in Spirit’s interview process, they will receive a conditional offer of employment, a Spirit Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and will be mentored as they complete their degree program and the flight hours required for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Tolearn more about the program and application process, please click here.


Miramar, Florida-based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to offering the best value in the sky with service to over 90 destinations in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean. The airline allows customers to select and pay for only the products and services they want, something they call “À La Smarte.” Spirit also operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the U.S. The carrier proudly calls their youthful fleet of aircraft their “Fit Fleet®.” Spirit Airlines operates a fleet of 194 Airbus A320 Family and A320neo Family aircraft, and expects to take delivery of many more brand-new airplanes in 2023.



Source: Spirit Airlines/PRNewswire

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