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Delta Propel - Company Pilot Career Path and Propel Advance
Now is your time to transition your career and pursue your dream of becoming a pilot for Delta.
Delta employees can transition their careers and pursue their dreams of becoming a pilot for Delta Air Lines. Delta Propel offers a defined, accelerated path to allow candidates to earn their flight certifications, build their experience, and meet all the requirements to become a Delta pilot.
Employees in good standing must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for the career path:
All candidates in the Company Pilot Career Path will be required to meet the qualification and testing aspects of Delta’s current pilot hiring. Although most tests will be required in order to enter the program, the job knowledge technical test will be administered after you finish flying at a Delta Connection carrier. The application window is currently closed. Please follow us on social media for the next application window announcement.
Candidates accepted into this program will be given a Qualified Job Offer. This means that Delta offers you a defined path and accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot and helps you achieve the necessary qualifications along the way. As long as you successfully fulfill all the requirements of the program, you will become a pilot for Delta.
Our Spring 2020 application window is now closed! The anticipated window cadence for Propel Company and Propel Advance is one time per year. Stay tuned to this page and social media for updates on future application windows.
Candidates who have progressed beyond their Commercial Certificate (single engine) are overqualified for the Propel program - meaning you may not fit into the full flight training footprint of the program. For example, candidates already possessing an FAA Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine, CFI/CFII/MEI certificate, or whom already meet ATP minimums are too advanced for the program. These employees may be eligible for the Propel Advance program, see additional details below.
The path to become a Delta pilot can be challenging - let us support you every step of the way. Every Propel Company Career Path pilot will be connected with an active Delta pilot mentor. In addition, every pilot will have access to an extended Leave of Absence program.
More information about the program is available for Delta employees here.
If employees exceed the qualifications to apply for the Propel Company Path (ie: pilot already possesses an FAA Commercial-Multi Engine certificate, CFI/CFII/MEI, or already meets R-ATP/ATP flight time minimums to gain employment with a Delta Connection carrier), they may be eligible to apply for the Propel LOA through the Propel Advance program.
Propel Advance is for employees who possess flight credentials beyond the requirements for the Propel Company Path (ie. Commercial- Multi Engine certificate, CFI/CFII/MEI, etc.). Employees who apply and are accepted into Propel Advance can take advantage of the Propel LOA—up to 66 months—to finish flight training, fly to obtain R-ATP/ATP minimums, and gain employment with a Delta Connection carrier to build Part 121 turbine flight time. All terms associated with the Propel LOA apply to candidates in Propel Advance, including pass travel, health benefits, and return to work if unsuccessful in the program.
Once employees meet the criteria of the program—2000 hours Part 121 turbine time and a minimum of three (3) Delta Connection carrier training events—they receive a guaranteed interview with Delta Pilot Selection. All interview and testing requirements for Delta Pilot Selection apply. If successful in the interview, employees return to Delta as a New Hire Pilot.
Our Spring 2020 application window is now closed! The anticipated window cadence for Propel Advance and Propel Company is one time per year. Stay tuned to this page and social media for updates on future application windows.
No. Employees must apply for Propel Advance, and if accepted, they will be able to take advantage of the Propel LOA—up to 66 months—to finish flight training, obtain R-ATP/ATP minimums, and gain employment with a Delta Connection carrier. Upon meeting the criteria of the program—2,000 hours Part 121 turbine flight time and a minimum of three (3) training events at a Delta Connection carrier—employees are given a guaranteed interview and will complete all required testing with Delta Pilot Selection.
No. Propel Advance was established to allow employees who exceed the qualifications for the Propel Company Path the opportunity to take advantage of the Propel LOA. Delta and Propel do not have the required level of visibility or oversight into candidate training records and work performance, nor do Propel Advance candidates have to meet the same advanced engagement commitments as pilots in the Propel Company Path.
No. Propel Advance is unique in that you can create your own path to building the flight time needed to meet R-ATP/ATP minimums. Employees accepted into Propel Advance who do not meet R-ATP/ATP minimums must provide a Plan of Action describing how they plan to obtain the flight time requirements needed to gain employment with a Delta Connection carrier. The Plan of Action is supplemental to the Propel application and is only required upon request from a Propel Manager.
Candidates who are unsuccessful or disqualify from either program will be allowed to return to Delta Air Lines for full time employment under the following criteria:
Eligible candidates can apply for Propel Advance during active application windows. The Spring 2020 application window is now closed, so stay tuned to this page and Propel social media for updates on future application windows. The anticipated window cadence for Propel Advance is similar to Propel Company – once per year.
Selected employees will attend one of the following flight training providers.