Coast Flight Training facilities expand to Texas, Transitioning military pilots for a civilian career at Envoy Air/American Airlines

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Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, is happy to announce that our partner school, Coast Flight Training, has opened a new facility in San Marcos, Texas. As part of its Rotor Transition Program, Envoy has teamed with Coast Flight Training to help train military helicopter pilots for a transition to an airline career.

Envoy’s Rotor Transition Program is designed to help helicopter pilots gain fixed-wing training and ratings to meet FAA requirements by using funds from VA benefits and Envoy financial contributions. Coast Flight Training will train pilots for approximately 90 days before they officially begin First Officer training with Envoy.

Now that Coast Flight Training has expanded to Texas, more military helicopter pilots will have the opportunity to begin a fulfilling career as a civilian airline pilot.

“We are very pleased to be opening a Coast location in San Marcos, where we have been welcomed with open arms by the City, Greater San Marcos Partnership, and in particular Texas Aviation Partners,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. “They created a very positive business environment for us to invest here, create jobs, and help veterans achieve great success for themselves and their families.”

“Envoy Air is proud to team with Coast to launch this new program in Texas, and to promote commercial aviation as a rewarding career for our U. S. Military Veterans. Coast Flight offers outstanding training and produces well qualified pilots that are ready to join the Envoy/American Airlines Group team, and we welcome them to Texas,” said Ric Wilson, Envoy Vice President of Flight Operations.

New pilots at Envoy, including incoming Rotor Transition Program pilots, can earn more than $60,000 their first year, which includes a signing bonus of up to $22,100. Envoy’s unmatched flow-through agreement guarantees all Envoy pilots a job at American Airlines without an additional interview. In addition, Envoy employees can enjoy first-rate benefits including free travel, company-matched 401(k) and full health coverage.

For more information on Envoy and the Rotor Transition Program, visit or email our Pilot Recruitment Team at

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SOURCEAero Crew News, March 2017
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Envoy Air Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) operating nearly 180 aircraft on about 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand and livery and ground handling services for approximately 15 airlines, including American. The company was founded in 1998 as American Eagle Airlines, Inc. following the merger of several smaller regional carriers to create one of the largest regional airlines in the world. Envoy is headquartered in Irving, Texas with large operations in American’s hubs, including Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. On April 15, 2014 the company changed its name to Envoy Air Inc. to distinguish the company from the American Eagle brand, under which several carriers operate regional flight service for American. American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines, US Airways, and Envoy. Together, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries.