Embry-Riddle and Amerijet Collaborate on Pilot Pathway Program

Amerijet International Airlines announced the launch of its Pilot Pathway Program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Embry-Riddle is the first university to sign an agreement with Amerijet to launch this program. The airline will recruit and provide mentoring and coaching to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in Embry-Riddle’s Aeronautical Science degree program.

Upon successful completion of their degree, with proper FAA certification and having completed three semesters as full-time flight instructors at Embry-Riddle, candidates will be offered further training and employment with Amerijet.

The international shipping company, which was founded in 1974, started with one leased aircraft and provided small cargo and passenger flights between the United States and the Bahamas.

Today, employing nearly 300 pilots, Amerijet officials are collaborating with Embry-Riddle to meet the company’s growing demand

“Amerijet International Airlines is thrilled to sign our first Pilot Pathway Program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,” said Craig Bentley, chief operating officer at Amerijet.

“Embry-Riddle is the leader in aviation education, and the graduates who join our airline will have the knowledge and experiential learning that prepares them to be valuable crew members in our airline.”

Placing Graduates in Rewarding Careers
This program is designed to place highly trained aviators into professional positions.

“One of Embry-Riddle’s most important objectives is to lead graduates into meaningful, well-paying jobs,” said Dr. Alan Stolzer, dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.

“At the same time, we aim to collaborate with the industry by preparing exceptionally skilled aviators. This agreement with Amerijet will benefit our graduates and the aviation industry.”

“As we look toward the future,” said Colin Salmon, Amerijet’s talent acquisition manager,

“we see true value in partnering with institutions such as Embry-Riddle, whose tenets and goals align with ours. This promises to be a synergistic relationship that will position both parties nicely by affording opportunities and realizing dreams.”

Program Criteria
Embry-Riddle students and graduates selected to take part in the Amerijet Pilot Pathway will be granted preferential interviews with Amerijet. To be considered, candidates must meet these and other criteria:

Criteria to receive program mentoring and coaching while earning an Aeronautical Science degree:

Sophomore or higher standing.
30 hours of academic credit in the Aeronautical Science bachelor’s degree program.
Minimum 3.0 grade point average.
Two letters of recommendation from College of Aviation faculty.
Additional criteria for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Science bachelor’s degree graduates:

Three full semesters of service as a full-time Certified Flight Instructor at Embry-Riddle.
Must qualify for an FAA unrestricted Airline Transport Pilot certificate with multi-engine land privilege.
For complete details, Embry-Riddle students should contact Lauren Burmester, assistant professor in the Aeronautical Science Department, at, or Dr. John Robbins, professor, and chair of the Aeronautical Science Department, at