"It was probably one of the most rewarding courses I had taken in college with fantastic instructors. I realize I am much more marketable as a graduate of the College of Aviation with this course. I attended a job fair in Chicago recently and every regional airline I talked to was immediately interested in me when I had mentioned I was a Western graduate presently instructing at Western. Then, as soon as I had mentioned I have enrolled in the jet course, every regional I talked to immediately was offering interview dates. I realize the value of this education and I am quite thankful."
Western Michigan University's JET Program (AVS 4300: Jet Equivalency Training) is an essential part of the education process to prepare students for a career as a professional in the aviation industry.. This program acts as a bridge between single-pilot resource management (SRM) and crew resource management (CRM) and is different from a typical University course in that the learning is very compacted. In the airline industry, pilots must be able to communicate with each other verbally and non-verbally, directly and indirectly using aircraft systems. The JET Program trains pilots to do just that, and it teaches them the skills necessary internalize the communication skills necessary to work effectively as a crew memeber. This aids in preparing pilots to succeed in simulator evaluation during the hiring process, to excel in initial training provided by the airline, and to fly professionally with a two-person crew.
JET mimics any initial airline training in that it requires pilots to complete a computer-based training course on aircraft systems, operations, etc. prior to the first day of the program. This provides for excellent aircraft familiarity and allows pilots to obtain a more complete sense of CRM and jet flight during a shorter, more intense amount of time.
JET Program participants fly a Level 5 CRJ-200 flight training device. The cockpit is identical to that of its model Canadair Regional Jet with a 220° wrap-around high-fidelity visual presentation, providing a more true-to-flight view of flying the aircraft.
Each JET session is comprised of 5 days of ground school followed by 10 4-hour simulator flights. Total length: 15 days. Total simulated flight training: 40 hours.
The JET Program is open to any student or graduate who meets the rating and course requirements. To apply, please contact Linda Dillon in Flight Operations.
Applicants must have completed a Commercial Pilot License with Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings. A Certified Flight Instructor License (CFI) is not required for this course.