CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Flexjet, Inc., a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, announced the graduation of its first class of Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) apprentices. These 10 individuals completed 30 months of paid, on-the-job training while working alongside some of the most experienced and professional maintenance technicians in the nation. Following completion of their apprenticeships, the candidates received their FAA-issued A&P licenses as well as an offer of full-time professional employment with Flexjet.
“We applaud the graduates of our inaugural class of A&P Apprentices. The successful completion of our program and subsequent award of their FAA-issued license positions them perfectly for a rewarding and financially lucrative career,” said Flexjet SVP of Maintenance Jay Heublein. “Our apprentice program allows individuals to immediately begin earning a great salary while they complete their professional development. Not only are they able to avoid the expenses and debt that are associated with a typical FAR Part 147 school or four-year college, but they also get to train alongside some of the most talented and accomplished professionals in the industry. In addition to their technical development, they are exposed early on to our culture of safety and professionalism that is difficult to teach in a traditional classroom environment. We see this program as the right solution at the right time for many people contemplating their potential career paths.”
Flexjet A&P apprentices must first pass an aptitude test and go through an in-depth interview process. Once selected, they begin their training while earning $50,000 per year during the 30-month apprenticeship. On successful completion of the program, they earn their A&P license and receive an offer of employment that includes a base compensation of $80,000 plus an industry leading benefit package. Additional benefits associated with an A&P position at Flexjet include:
- All new A&Ps are given a Snap-On Tools box and a starter set of tools valued at nearly $30,000. The technicians own this equipment following three years of successful service.
- Deferred compensation
- Cost-of-living adjustments for different regions and shift differentials as high as 12 percent for overnight shifts
- Relocation assistance program
- Robust bonus programs
- Company-paid, aircraft-specific schooling plus training
- Industry leading medical plan options (including vision) and dental plan
- Company-paid benefits include short- and long-term disability, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- 401(k) retirement savings plan with 100 percent matching up to 6 percent of income
- Medical and childcare flexible spending programs
- Generous paid time off
The demand for licensed A&P technicians is forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years and Flexjet plans to hire more than 100 additional A&Ps in the next 12 months alone.
Earlier this year, Flexjet received the 2021 Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training for a record 23rd consecutive year, more than any other private jet travel provider in history.
Flexjet is currently recruiting the next class of 10 Aviation Maintenance Technician apprentices across its network of maintenance facilities for training that will begin in January 2023. For more details, see the apprenticeship job description here. Any experienced A&Ps interested in a position are invited to apply here.
Flexjet, Inc., a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing and is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 23 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating, a 4AIR Bronze Sustainable Rating and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2. Red Label by Flexjet, a market differentiator, which features the most modern fleet in the industry, flight crews dedicated to a single aircraft and the LXi Cabin Collection of interiors. To date there are more than 40 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Embraer Phenom 300 and Praetor 500, Bombardier Challenger 350, the Gulfstream G450 and G650. Flexjet’s European fleet includes the Embraer Praetor 600 and the Gulfstream G650. Flexjet’s FAA helicopter division sells fractional, lease, and on-demand charter access to its fleet of owned and operated Sikorsky S-76 helicopters serving locations throughout the northeastern United States, United Kingdom and Florida. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet and on Instagram @FlexjetInc.