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New Paths for Pilots

INNOVATIVE NEW AIRLINE PROGRAMS OFFER PILOT CANDIDATES A GUARANTEED SEAT IN THE COCKPIT—WITHOUT HAVING TO ENDURE THE MILITARY OR SUFFER THROUGH CONVOLUTED CIVILIAN TRAINING.
CHRIS COOKE has been a pilot with a major domestic carrier for more than 20 years and currently flies long-haul routes on the 777. He began his career with the U.S. Marine Corps, received Navy flight training and was a Top Gun graduate.

Several months ago, I overheard a grocery store checker tell one of the baggers that she wanted to become a pilot at JetBlue. “What’s this?” I asked. She then gave me the quick rundown. Turns out, she wasn’t kidding. So I went home, got on the computer and started doing some research. Now

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