CommutAir and Learn To Fly Australia Offer Students First Officer Pathway Program

Learn To Fly (LTF) Melbourne today announced a new partnership agreement with CommutAir from United States. The agreement involves LTF and CommutAir working together to find and select the most able aspiring pilots who will, if successful, be offered a place on the newly established Career Pilot Program (CPP), along with a conditional offer of a contract of employment as a CommutAir First Officer.


The CPP has 2 entry levels, “Cadet Entry” – for people who have little or no flying experience or “Advanced Entry” – for people who are currently working as a pilot in the General Aviation industry and looking for their first Airline pilot job. Once selected, cadets will commence their training at LTF’s training centre in Melbourne and transition to an Embraer ERJ145 for their type rating and First Officer training with the airline on successful completion of their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) course in United States. The launch of the CPP is a sign of the airline’s commitment to the Australian aviation industry and its future development. The program is going to support the career establishment of next generation pilots in Australia.

“We are very proud of CommutAir’ decision to again entrust LTF with the training of the airline’s next generation of First Officers and future Commanders. We also view it as fitting recognition by the airline of the high quality training provided by LTF.” Said Kai Li, CEO of LTF. “The CPP program creates a new pathway for many Australian people who want to become an Airline pilot. We share the airline’s goal of attracting more pilots to the profession and we are therefore honoured to be associated with CommutAir.”


CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in 1989. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 and Embraer ERJ145 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports. CommutAir’s 600+ employees are well known in the industry for fostering a family culture and friendly work environment. For more information, visit


Learn to Fly Melbourne is a global pilot training organization that offers flight training programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Townsville and Melbourne, where their main flight training base is located. LTF is also a member of Australian Pilot Training Alliance (APTA) that can allow them to operate under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 142, which is the most professional flight training qualification in Australia. Less than 5% of flying schools in Australia have received this advanced training certification. The certification allows LTF to offer both integrated and non-integrated flight training programs. For more information, visit