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Trans States Airlines and VU form partnership

March 24, 2017 / Trans States Airlines and Vincennes University form partnership

VINCENNES, Ind. - Trans States Airlines and Vincennes University have entered a Pilot Pathway partnership that will provide future employment opportunities for pilots graduating from VU.

“Vincennes University will use its best effort to send qualified pilots to Trans States for employment and the company will use its best efforts to have these pilots trained and online as a first officer as quickly as possible,” said Michael Gehrich, director of Aviation for VU.

Under the agreement, Trans States guarantees an interview for conditional employment to any VU flight training student. Both Trans States and VU agree to work closely to ensure that all candidates are of the highest quality and consistently demonstrate the work ethic, flying skill, aviation knowledge, professional attitude and demeanor, and personal qualifications to perform as a successful crew member for Trans States.

“Trans States relies on a robust pipeline of high-quality and safety-focused pilots, and the Vincennes University training program provides just that,” said Keith Stamper, director of Flight Operations at Trans States Airlines.  “We look forward to welcoming Vincennes University pilots to the Trans States flight deck.”

Under the two-year agreement, each qualified pilot candidate who completes an interview, passes a simulator evaluation, is offered employment, and reports for ground school, will be paid by Trans States a total of $10,000 in tuition reimbursement.

The VU Aviation Technology Center is located at the Indianapolis International Airport. It features VU degree programs in Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Flight.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for airline and commercial pilots was $102,520 in May 2015 with employment projected to grow through 2024.

To find out more about this partnership and additional scholarships for Aviation Flight majors, call Vincennes University’s Aviation Technology Center at 317-381-6000.


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