USA based - Flight Crew Trainee Program, Bay City, WI & Columbus, OH

Requisition ID
Bay City, Wisconsin
Additional Locations
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time
Work Base
Onsite / Office
Operational Control Center (OCC)

Job Profile

The Flight Crew Trainee Program (FCT) is available in Bay City, WI and Columbus, OH provides you with all the advantages of being a full-time salaried employee in the Operational Control Center (OCC) while receiving support your flight training and enable you to advance to a First Officer positionOur structured Flight Crew Trainee Program offers mentorship and comprehensive training with hands-on learning opportunities that will set you on the path to becoming a successful pilot.   


Red Wing Aviation (WI) and Jet Select (OH) are affiliated operating partners of Vista in the US the largest charter group in private aviation and the world’s first private aviation ecosystem, integrating a unique portfolio of companies offering asset-light solutions to cover all key aspects of business aviation.  


The purpose of the program is to create a clear pathway for Operational Control Center (OCC) employees which creates the career opportunity for an employee to advance to become a pilot with Red Wing Aviation.  


  • Full-time salary, benefits, and training 
  • Financial support 
  • Jet Type Rating 
  • Citation Ultra First-Officer Position 
  • Work alongside industry leaders and mentors who are committed to your success 
  • Access and advancement in the Vista family of companies 


FCT Program Eligibility:  


  • Hold a Private Pilot’s License 
  • Current 1st Class Medical 
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Valid US Passport 


Interview/ Flight Evaluation  


  • Interview for OCC position  
  • Evaluation flight with a qualified instructor  
  • Technical knowledge assessment  


Workplace Terms & Conditions 


You will be trained onsite to support the OCC as per your job description. You will also be eligible for all the company benefits package. This includes health insurance and 401K. As part of the FCT program there is a service agreement with a minimum commitment of 24 months (about 2 years) of work in the OCC.  


Financial Support  


Red Wing Aviation offers financial support for pilot training up to and include Commercial Multi-engine rating. RWA will reimburse employees after the successful completion of each certificate obtained. This is approved by the Director of Operations and covered in the 24-month service agreement. 


This support can be utilized for:  


  • Instrument  
  • Commercial  
  • Multi Engine  
  • CFI  


Financial support is contingent upon continued progression in training.  

This will be tracked and assessed by a FOM including:  


  • Check ride completion.  
  • Knowledge exams pass 85% or greater.  
  • Training record review. 


 Type Rating  


On completion of 24 months in the OCC you are eligible for a role change to First Officer. The Fleet will be designated as per the company’s needs. The training provided will include a PIC type rating, ATP/CTP course and company specific training. The cost is established in a training contract and pro rata over 12 months. 




  • Medical, dental, and vision plans  
  • 401k program with company matching and no vesting period. 
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Life Insurance and Long/Short term Disability 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Career progression 



We are committed to developing and training members of our team at every stage of their career. Although our standards are high, we’ll help you reach them. 


The affiliated operating partners of Vista are equal employment opportunity employers. The affiliated operating partners of Vista do not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. The affiliated operating partners of Vista also prohibit harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.




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