Spirit Airlines & L3Harris Launch Pathway Program for Pilots

A Spirit Airlines A320 NEO approaches to land.
Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – The sky’s the limit for aspiring Spirit Airlines pilots. The carrier has announced a pilot training partnership with L3Harris Flight Academy – launching the new Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway, a training program in Sanford, Florida.

Expanding the pilot base

The training program aims to expand the carrier’s pipeline of highly skilled, professional pilots.

L3Harris’ Flight Academy is conveniently located near one of Spirit’s largest operations in Orlando, Florida, providing graduates with numerous opportunities to build relationships, access the airline’s nearby training facilities and advance to a rewarding career as a Spirit First Officer.

Ryan Rodosta, Senior Director of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot at Spirit Airlines noted the past performance of the training organization, saying:

“L3Harris is a great partner for us because of its history of developing highly skilled pilots through state-of-the-art technology training with a modern fleet, as well as a commitment to safety and excellence.”

“Our fleet is growing fast, creating plenty of opportunities for L3Harris graduates and the next generation of pilots to build their future at Spirit.”

First Officer mentoring

Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway is designed to mentor future Spirit First Officers as they progress through their path to the flight deck.

Candidates may apply for the program after successfully completing L3Harris Flight Academy training and achieving approximately 500 total flight hours.

If successful in Spirit’s interview process, they will receive a Conditional Offer of Employment, a Spirit Electronic Flight Bag and mentorship as they work toward completing the minimum required hours for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

David Coward, VP and General Manager for L3Harris Training Services spoke of the mentoring and employment elements of the new program, saying:

“Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway demonstrates the confidence international airlines have in our training, and the program ensures students have access to mentoring and employment opportunities at one of the leading airlines in the U.S.,”

About Spirit Airlines

Spirit is expanding rapidly with new stations starting operations across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. The carrier is also adding dozens of new aircraft, with 33 more planes projected for delivery in 2023.

The growth provides First Officers with opportunities to quickly upgrade to Captain and fly some of the newest aircraft in the industry. Spirit’s Pilots also receive great training and enjoy some of the best quality of life in the aviation field.

About L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies, an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivers end-to-end solutions meeting our customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains.

L3Harris has more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.

To learn more about the program and application process, visit Spirit Wings Pilot Pathway Program | L3Harris

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