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Delta Propel - Company Pilot Career Path
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. Our application window is now closed for 2018. In the next few weeks, our team will review the pool of candidates. If you are selected to move forward to the next round, you will receive an email detailing the next stage. Thank you for your interest in Delta Propel! 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.
The application window for the Propel Company Path will re-open on April 29, 2019 and close at 1200ET on May 27, 2019. The application link will be available via Deltanet and on the Company Page of the Propel website when the window opens.
The Delta Propel Company Pilot Career Path is designed to provide program participants with the support they need to overcome the traditional barriers to becoming a Delta pilot - one such barrier being the cost of quality flight training. In order to address this financial hurdle, Delta is pleased to announce that Propel Company Path participants will be able to apply for a competitively priced fixed-rate or variable rate private student loan from Wells Fargo.
The Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 provides funding for up to $75,000 of flight school costs to eligible Propel Company Path participants, without a cosigner in many cases.
While program participants should consider all available financing options, features of the Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 include a competitive interest rate along with standard Wells Fargo product features including deferred payments while in-school and a 6 month grace period upon leaving school.
The repayment term for the Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 is 15 years. An aviation internship forbearance may be available to individuals completing their flight training hours. Individuals qualifying for the aviation internship forbearance are able to postpone monthly payments up to 24 months after completing school. Those selected to participate in the Delta Propel Career Path program may contact Wells Fargo for full loan details.
Underwriting decisions are based on individual credit worthiness and are the sole responsibility of Wells Fargo.
1 The Wells Fargo Collegiate® Loan service mark is owned by Wells Fargo & Company.
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 a Commercial Multi, 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 a 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.
The application window for Propel Advance opens in conjunction with the Company Path window on April 29, 2019, and will remain open until 1200 ET on May 27, 2019. Candidates may apply for Propel and Propel Advance only during active application windows. The anticipated application window cadence for Propel Advance is similar to the Company Path, 1-2 times annually.
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:
The application window for Propel Advance will open in conjunction with the Propel Company Path on April 29, 2019 and close at 1200ET on May 27, 2019. The application link will be available via Deltanet and on the Company Page of the Propel website when the window opens.
Selected employees will attend one of the following flight training providers.