Aviators Walk a Clear Path to Trans States’ Flight Deck

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Former Trans States Airlines Aviators Kyle Meyer (L) and George Chiampas (R) who are now First Officers in training. 

Student pilots who dream to fly begin determining an airline home as early as their private pilot’s license is obtained, and they’ve enrolled in flight school. For Kyle Meyer and George Chiampas, the best choice was Trans States Airlines. As former interns in Trans States’ Aviators internship program and now First Officers in training, these gentlemen have paved a clear and defined pathway to our flight deck. Find out how our Aviators began their journeys to the best culture, community and camaraderie of any regional airline.

“Between bases, pay, and the ability to fly, Trans States provides the quickest route to the major airlines with the greatest quality of life for what I am looking for, Meyer said.”

In addition to quality of life provisions provided for Trans States pilots, Aviators also appreciate the way in which the airline conducts training.  After applying and being selected to become a Trans States Aviator, student pilots are invited to spend four days at the St. Louis-based headquarters where they receive a pilot mentor, meet Flight Ops teams, talk with students in systems training, tour the facility and more.

“The way the instructors approach different topics helped me to easily understand the material,” Chiampas said. “The class size is small which is beneficial for learning, and the training is realistic. We went into the cabin trainer for a session with a fog machine which was a really great experience. I was also able to have one-on-one time with the instructor to make sure that I fully understood the content. The instructors really do the best they can to give you an amazing learning experience. It’s clear that they truly have your best interest at heart and want you to be the best pilot you can be.”

Meyer added “The training environment at Trans States has been amazing compared to friends of mine at other airlines. Everything is done at the St. Louis headquarters, other than the ATP/CTP course, unlike my friends who have moved between training facilities multiple times. If there is an issue with uniforms or travel for example, I can walk downstairs during one of our breaks and talk with a person in the department. I also appreciate how the instructor takes the time to get to know you and better prepares you for the exams. With Trans States, we have the time for hands-on practice with the material that we have been taught.”

Once students are accepted into the Aviators Program they act as a field recruiter for Trans States recruiting events. They also have the opportunity to bank $1,500 for each pilot that they refer, is hired, and completes their training. Once Aviators complete ATP minimums they become a Trans States First Officer in training and are eligible for new hire bonuses and all banked funds.

To learn more about Trans States’ Aviators program, please click here: http://bit.ly/2BLlGdV

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