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Air Wisconsin

Appleton, WI

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  • New flying contract with United Airlines requires significant growth in Air Wisconsin’s pilot workforce which will produce rapid upgrades; 
  • We plan to hire 450-500 pilots over the next two years
  • Upgrade time is expected to be between 18 and 24 months
  • All pilots have a defined path to United through the United Career Pathway Program 
  • Earn between $260,000 and $317,000 with benefits in your first three years of employment when you upgrade in 18 months.
  •  $57,000 Signing Bonuses
  • $35.53/hour first year First Officer pay 
  • 401(k) match up to 8% dependent on employee contribution regardless of Years of Service (including First Officers), which is the highest among regionals 
  • Most generous health insurance plans in the industry with only 25% premium share 
  • Any additional flying volunteered for on a day off is paid at 150 or 200% your hourly rate 
  • Hourly pay scale increases by 1.5% every year in addition to annual longevity increases 
  • Begin transition to fly 65 aircraft for United Airlines beginning in September 2017 
  • Minimum 12 days off per month 
  • All pilots provided an iPad with electronic navigational charts and manuals 
  • Duty Rig: 2:1; Trip Rig: 4:1 
  • Hotel rooms for breaks between flights of 4.5 hours or more 
  • Extra day off if you arrive after 2:00 a.m. on the last "day" of a trip 
  • Up to 35 paid vacation days per year 
  • In-house Certified Training Program (CTP) provided by Air Wisconsin instructors and simulators 
  • Pilots paid monthly guarantee and receive benefits during CTP training 
  • ATC call sign: "Wisconsin" 
  • CPP to be implemented at Air Wisconsin Airlines
  • Click here to see and sign-up for upcoming recruiting events. This is a great opportunity to speak to Air Wisconsin recruiters about these great benefits. 
  • Domiciles to be added Fall 2017 - ORD and IAD
  • Air Wisconsin Airlines will be recruiting at the following FREE FAPA.aero Pilot Job FairsRegister Here!
    • Orlando on October 28, 2017
    • Dallas/Fort Worth on December 9,2017
  • This page last updated: October 19, 2017 (Quicktake, Hiring)
Total: 488
Active: 488
Furloughed: 0
CRJ200: 65
Is Hiring?: Yes

New hire pilots joining the Air Wisconsin team will be eligible for sign-on bonuses of $57,000 

Air Wisconsin will be recruiting at a number of upcoming events. Please visit here and see Recruiting Events for more details.

Hiring for two classes a month. Apply online.


  • 1,500 TT fixed wing (R-ATP 1000 TT or 1,250 TT)
  • 25 ME
  • 100 instrument

Preferred minimums:

  • 121 experience; turbine experience

Air Wisconsin interview gouge.

Air Wisconsin Airlines will be recruiting at the following FREE FAPA.aero Pilot Job FairsRegister Here!

  • Orlando on October 28, 2017
  • Dallas/Fort Worth on December 9,2017


Check in at ticket counter. Unlimited jumpseats. CASS participant.

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Paid the greater of scheduled or actual time on a leg-by-leg basis

100% cancellation pay

100% deadhead pay

150% open time pay

150%-200% pay for flying determined to be critical to the operation. 

Retention bonuses being offered for pilots currently on property

$57,000 in sign-on bonus. Which is the highest in the industry. First installment of $5,000; paid on first paycheck. $26,000 to be paid upon completion of IOE, and $10,000 to be paid after first anniversary.  $8,000 is to be paid out quarterly in year three if the pilot has not been upgraded to Captain.  The remaining $8,000 is paid to pilots who join Air Wisconsin from a Part 91K, 121, or 135 carrier with an ATP and type rating in an aircraft greater than 12,500.

First year pay in conjunction with the sign-on bonus makes Air Wisconsin the highest paying regional airline in the industry.

$260 uniform and $50 headset allowance per year after one year of service

42 hours of earned sick leave per year

Monthly guarantee: 75 hours 

Reserve guarantee: 75 hours 

(Note: Pilots holding Line status cannot be assigned to Reserve status)


$1.75/hr Domestic

$1.75/hr Int'l



3% Defined Contribution regardless of Employee Contribution

Additional Match up to 5%

401K Matching: Yes

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