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Envoy Air Partners with Westminster College’s Flight School

Oct 08, 2015 01:46PM ● By Bryan Scott

By McCall Mash

Colleges and universities throughout the country have affiliated with Envoy Air under American Airlines, and Westminster College’s flight school announced a partnership with Envoy Air through the Envoy Pipeline Program.

“It is a fantastic arrangement,” John Schaefer, chair of the Aviation Studies Division, said. “Flight training is expensive, and this program provides financial incentives as well as medical and dental benefits to our students who participate.”

The pipeline program will give qualified Westminster College aviation students the opportunity for conditional employment with American Airlines. Students will interview for a job while they are in the program, and after the completion of the program and graduation from school, the students will start working for Envoy Air with American Airlines. Students will also be able to use American Airlines and its affiliates for travel benefits and full-time benefits, including medical, dental and 401K benefits while in the program.

For students to qualify for the pipeline program, they must have sophomore standing and retain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the aviation program, and have their private pilot’s license and instrument rating. 

“As an added incentive, Envoy is offering a $10,000 scholarship upon joining our airline as a first officer,” Envoy Air’s website said. In order for the students to qualify for the scholarship, they must “complete a bachelor’s degree in an aviation major with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in aviation courses” and “complete flight certificates at Pipeline School: instrument, commercial and multi-engine.”

“This arrangement is mutually beneficial.  They get the supply of pilots they need.  Our graduates get guaranteed employment,” Schaefer said.

Envoy Air was previously known as American Eagle and is a regional airline that flies to North American countries, based out of Irving, Texas.