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Air Wisconsin

Appleton, WI

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  • Pilot Contract!
  • Up to $57,000 in sign-on and retention bonuses 
  • Flying agreement with United Airlines requires significant growth in Air Wisconsin’s pilot workforce; 450-500 pilots needed over the next 2 years! 
  • Immediate Captain upgrades available to those with qualifying experience
  • Direct Entry Captains earn $44,000 in bonuses by the end of IOE
  • All current and future pilots have the opportunity for a defined path to United through the Aviate program
  • Become an Airman Trainee! Learn more about Air Wisconsin while continuing to build hours toward your ATP minimums. www.airwis.com/airman_trainee.html 
  • Earn between $291,000 and $340,000 with benefits in your first three years of employment when you upgrade in 13 months.
  • $36.60/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 benefits in the industry combined with only a 25% employee 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 
  • 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 
  • 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"
  • 2/18: Kent State College of Aeronautics and Engineering Spring Career Fair
  • 2/18: ORD Pilot Interviews
  • 2/19: ORD Pilot Interviews
  • 2/19: ERA-PRC ALPA ACE Club Round Table
  • 2/20: Auburn University Aerospace Career Fair
  • 2/20: Auburn Area Pilot Recruiting Dinner
  • 2/20: ERAU-PRC Spring Expo
  • 2/22: FAPA-FLL Pilot Job Fair
  • 2/22: American Flyers, Pompano Beach School Visit
  • 2/24: Airman Trainee DAB Gathering
  • 2/25: ORD Pilot Interviews
  • 2/25: ERAU-DAB Spring Aviation Career Expo
  • 2/26: ORD Pilot Interviews
  • 2/27: American Flyers, Morristown, NJ CFI Academy School Visit
  • 2/28: "Experience LU" Liberty University Event for Aeronautics
  • ORD Pilot Interviews
  • New Rates for CA's and FO's
  • This page was last updated: February 18, 2020 (Quick Take)
Total: 547
Active: 547
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.

Become an Airman Trainee! Learn more about Air Wisconsin while continuing to build hours toward your ATP minimums. www.airwis.com/airman_trainee.html 


  • 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.


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)


$1.80/hr Domestic

$1.90/hr Int'l



3% Defined Contribution regardless of Employee Contribution

Additional Match up to 5%

401K Matching: Yes

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