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United Aviate

What is Aviate?

Aviate is United Airlines’ industry-leading pilot career development program, offering aspiring and established pilots the most secure path to a United Airlines’ flight deck.

United’s goal is to attract outstanding people who want to join the very best team of pilots in the aviation industry.

Why join Aviate?

Aviate offers pilots the unique opportunity to interview early on in their careers and secure a spot in a United Airlines’ flight deck.

Candidates who apply and are selected to join Aviate will benefit from a career path that is tailored to their current experience level, enabling them to build flight hours and develop as leaders in preparation for a potential position with United as a First Officer.

Why join Wiggins?

Wiggins is a Part 135 Aviate partner. Pilots can start their professional flying career with Wiggins as a Captain at just 1,200 TT. While flying at Wiggins, our pilots can rack up PIC Turbine multi-engine hours while perfecting their stick and rudder skills in a hands-on work environment.

Piloting turboprop aircraft in IFR conditions hones the instrument proficiency and airmanship that serves as the backbone of the rest of their careers.

How to Apply

Once hired and flying at Wiggins, candidates can apply for the Aviate program.

After completing the last interview of their career and being accepted into the Aviate program, the pilot can begin fulfilling the outlined program requirements.


Already in the Aviate program? Join the Wiggins team and start fulfilling the outlined requirements.

Transition from Wiggins to United

1,200 PIC hours flying Wiggins while in the Aviate program

That’s it! No time commitment, just 1,200 PIC hours.

Bachelor’s degree not required

This was previously required, but no longer is.

United start date four-month transition commitment

Participants will be on property at United within four months of meeting the program requirements.

United Airlines intends to hire more than 10,000 pilots in the next decade and have the largest fleet of widebody aircraft in North America, offering exciting opportunities to advance.

A direct path. Aviate participants can transition to United as a First Officer upon successful completion of the Aviate program and hiring requirements

Coaching. Aviate participants will have the opportunity to participate in a coaching program and receive mentorship from United pilots

Travel privileges. Aviate participants enjoy travel privileges to United destinations around the world

Culture. Aviate participants will gain deeper connections with our United team, with access to senior leadership, site visits and tours, and an inside look at our inclusive culture

Beginning a career with Wiggins means having access to top-notch training and promising opportunities. Working side-by-side with seasoned experts will set you up for success as you grow in your passion and profession.

Wiggins works alongside the world’s largest package delivery companies to deliver high-priority freight to and from small towns across the Northeast.

The company’s network operates 10,000 flight hours annually with over 250 weekly departures to over 20 destinations.

Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire and founded in 1929, the company has more than 100 employees including over 40 pilots and over 30 aircraft.