Cleveland is home to one of ExpressJet’s largest Maintenance hangars and a crew base, but the city has a long history in the aviation industry that’s much bigger than ExpressJet.

Since its inception in 1964, Burke Lakefront Airport has been home to one of the oldest, most respected air shows in the United States: The Cleveland National Air Show. The event began with the National Air Races (1929-1949) which hosted aviation legends like Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, and has now grown to an annual air show attracting 60,000 to 100,000 aviation enthusiasts.

ExpressJet participated in The Cleveland National Air Show this year by bringing an ERJ145 aircraft for attendees to explore, along with several employees who volunteered their time to talk with attendees about careers in aviation.

The ExpressJet volunteers put together an interactive display experience by outfitting the aircraft cabin with posters and flyers, each one detailing what it takes to be an ExpressJet pilot, flight attendant, mechanic, dispatcher or crew scheduler. ExpressJet employees, representing Flight Operations, Safety and Inflight Services, rotated in and out of the cabin to answer questions and take pictures of kids in the captain’s seat.

“We were absolutely thrilled with ExpressJet’s participation. Captain Paul K. turned a static display into a true attraction on the air show grounds,” said Kim Dell, the air show spokesperson. “There was a constant line of people waiting to walk through the aircraft, and the educational aspect of aviation careers was spot on.”

Our volunteers met younger kids who dreamt of soaring through the clouds, adults who dreamt of flying again, and everything in between. The air show is for everybody, from the enthusiast to future aviators to those already in the business. For our volunteers, the experience was about more than representing ExpressJet or inspiring future careers; it’s about the pure love of aviation.

“When the little kids see a big jet up close for the first time, it’s pretty cool,” said Captain Paul K., an ExpressJet pilot who helped coordinate ExpressJet’s involvement in the event. “As you get older, I think sometimes you forget that.”

Special thanks to all our employees who volunteered their time to represent ExpressJet at the Cleveland National Air Show and promote careers in aviation.

“The Cleveland National Air Show would like to thank everyone involved,” said Kim. “ExpressJet’s impact was huge, and we would love to have you involved again next year.”

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ExpressJet tail with a show aircraft in the background

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ST. GEORGE, UT, September 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) (“SkyWest”) today reported a 0.5 percent decrease in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for August, while available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 2.1 percent compared to August 2013.

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First Officer Jonathan Coker is on his way to adding an extra stripe to his uniform. He is currently in training to become an ExpressJet captain on the CRJ200 where he will fly for American Airlines out of Dallas, but he started as an ExpressJet intern while at Auburn University. A few months after graduation, he started new hire class two days after Christmas in 2006.

“Working as an intern paved the way for my career at ExpressJet, and it was a great opportunity to see what it’s really like to be a pilot full time,” said Jonathan. “I saw pilots throughout their work day; I saw what they did. I learned how pilots bid for their schedules and even had the privilege to observe several flights in the flight deck jumpseat.”

In January 2006, Jonathan started his internship at what was then Atlantic Southeast Airlines. He learned about the internship opportunity his senior year at Auburn when an airline representative, a precursor to ExpressJet’s EPIC Ambassador program, advised his class about the opportunity, which had a 90 percent success rate of starting pilot careers. In the internship, he worked in Crew Pay Auditing and then in the Chief Pilot’s Office.

“In an internship, they’re looking for maturity and work ethic on a daily basis for five months,” said Jonathan. “Every day is an interview, every single day.”

Now, Jonathan is going through a different type of interview, one that will upgrade him to a captain in Dallas, Texas.

Upgrading from first officer to captain is a six-week process with both in-classroom and hands-on training. Jonathan is thankful for the extra systems training as he will have to relearn the CRJ200.
“I flew the CRJ200 for two years before I transitioned to the CRJ700,” said Jonathan. “But I flew on the CRJ700 for so long and the systems are so different, it’s going to take some time.”

Jonathan’s upgrade training begins with two weeks of ground school, which focuses on aircraft systems and Captain Leadership. He must then pass an oral exam before he can spend the next two weeks completing eight, four-hour simulation sessions. Jonathan’s training concludes with two weeks of flying 25 hours as the pilot-in-command (PIC) on revenue flights with an instructor occupying the right seat.

It may seem like a strenuous process, but Jonathan understands the serious implications of his impending promotion.

“You move four feet to the left and suddenly you’re the final authority for anything that happens on your flight.”

Although Jonathan is eager to put on his captain’s hat, he doesn’t want to forget where he came from. Jonathan plans to be a mentor to the first officers who fly with him, but also to aviation students emerging in the field. Soon-to-be Captain Coker serves as an EPIC Ambassador at Florida Aviation Academy.

“I was mentored into this position,” said Jonathan. “I want to pay it forward and become an inspiration to someone else.”

Jonathan attributes much of his success to a piece of advice he received as he was starting his education:

“Don’t focus on where you’re going to be next year. Focus on where you’re going to be in ten years. You may have to sacrifice a few things now to get where you want to be in the future, but it will be worth it. Focus on your studies, and always make smart, safe decisions.”

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Michael J. Kraupp
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Telephone: (435) 634-3212
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ST. GEORGE, UT, August 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of
Directors of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) declared a quarterly dividend of $.04 per share to Shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2014 on all shares then issued and outstanding.

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One of ExpressJet’s own mechanics is a real life rocket scientist.

Darius Hooker, A&P technician – Shreveport, participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge for three years while in high school. To prepare, he took crash courses in physics, trigonometry, software and more. As a junior, he took his new knowledge and designed a rocket that almost landed his team a spot in the finals.

“For a couple of guys who started out not knowing much about rockets, we did pretty decent,” Darius said.

Darius’ senior year, he took his design from the previous year and made some improvements. He knew it was now or never.

“The goal was to build a rocket that could carry two raw eggs 800 feet 43-47 seconds,” Darius explained. “On our last shot, the rocket made it 801 feet in 45 seconds.”

That last shot earned the team a score of 1, placing them in the top 1% of the country and securing their spot at the national competition in D.C.

The national competition was an unforgettable experience. Darius and his teammate, Wesley Carter, raised $15,000 in donations to help them get to D.C. They arrived on a chartered plane and had a car service waiting to meet them at the airport. The boys spent three days touring D.C., speaking with the press and competing in the national competition.

“As the first African American team to qualify, we already felt like winners,” Darius said. “It was a great accomplishment for us.”

Later, when Darius was in A&P school, he received a phone call from the White House. President Obama wanted to meet Darius and Wesley, and invited them to come back to D.C. to participate in the White House Science Fair.

Once again, they received the super star treatment. Lockheed Martin flew them in and took care of all their expenses during the trip. They toured the National Mall, saw the Lincoln Memorial and biked through D.C. to Virginia. Then, on their last day they went to the White House to meet the President.

“He shook our hand three times – I counted! We were the first ones in the room who got to meet him. It was just like talking to a normal person. He asked us all about the competition and what we planned to do in the future.”

Darius now works as an A&P technician at our Shreveport base. His long term goal is to get a degree in aeronautical engineering and management.

“Working at ExpressJet and working on aircraft will definitely give me the upper hand in my classes and my future.”

Pictured: Darius, Wesley and President Obama

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