ExpressJet is traveling to several of our Airline Pilot Pathway Program (AP3) partner schools to do on-site testing and interviews for current junior and senior AP3 students.

Successful completion to the 45-question knowledge test, based on the ATP written, and an in-person interview leads to a conditional job offer with ExpressJet Airlines. Students can attend any scheduled testing, even if it’s not at your school.

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It’s no secret that it takes a special type of person to be a part of the airline industry. Its constant change can be challenging, but it’s this experience that bonds aviation professionals to one another. ExpressJet is no exception to this rule.

In many ways, our employees are like family. One person’s successes and struggles are everyone’s, and perhaps no one knows this better than Cleveland-based Captain Scott Z. and his family.

Scott has been with ExpressJet for nearly decade, but the compassion of his fellow employees still amazes him to this day.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I asked people for help,” said Scott. “The response we’ve gotten has been incredible. There are no words to tell you what this means to my family.”

Scott’s family was blessed with two daughters. His older daughter, Kaitlynn, was everything Scott and his wife, Michaelle, asked for. As they navigated parenthood for the first time, watching their little girl grow, it became clear that there was something wrong. She wasn’t meeting her milestones and at seven months had her first seizure.

Five years and countless hospital tests later, Kaitlynn is still undiagnosed. Doctors believe she has a chromosome disorder, but it’s impossible to say which. The disorder has hindered her development, keeping her from learning how to walk or communicate.

Through research, Scott and Michaelle learned that a service dog may help Kaitlynn. A service dog’s companionship and seizure sensing ability would be invaluable to Kaitlynn, but Scott believes it could impact her social development as well.

“She can’t talk, but at the same time, she’s so social,” said Scott. “She’s at that age where she should be starting preschool, but it’s tough. Kids that age will shy away from her, because she’s different. If she has a dog though, the dog would be her icebreaker. It would bring the kids around her and expand her world to a type of social interaction she’s never had.”

Though there are an infinite number of ways Kaitlynn could benefit from a service dog, the price is steep: $10,000. Out of financial means, Scott and Michaelle turned to social media for help. Although they had some success, Scott had no expectations when he reached out to some of his fellow ExpressJet pilots. The story spread up through the corporate office, and a story was posted on the company intranet.

“It just went viral. People I didn’t fly with, that I didn’t even know, contributed to help Kaitlynn. It was amazing.”

Scott and Michaelle are well on their way to getting Kaitlynn a service dog. They have a few more months to finish raising the money, and then they’ll receive a dog from the non-profit organization, Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (WAGS) by early next year.

“Whenever we show her pictures of potential dogs, Kaitlynn shouts with happy noises and waves her arms in excitement,” said Scott. “This experience showed us how great it is to have so much support from everyone in the company. It means we don’t have to focus on things that don’t matter, like money, and we can focus on things that do matter, like being there for Kaitlynn.”

Hopefully, Scott and his family will have the funding for Kaitlynn’s service dog sooner than they think. In the two days since this story posted on ExpressJet’s internal website, employees, along with friends and family, have raised more than $5,000 for Kaitlynn’s service dog. With any luck, this will only be the start of something amazing for Scott and his wonderful family.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kaitlynn’s journey and how you can help her get a service dog, visit her GoFundMe page.

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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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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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