Gateway Select: Phases of Training

Core Academics

Core Academics comprise the first segment of Phase 1 training. This phase is approximately four weeks in duration, and is almost entirely focused on the academic fundamentals of aviation. Topics include basic aeronautics, meteorology, aviation physiology, aircraft systems, human performance, airspace, navigation, and flight planning. Training is conducted at the Orlando Support Center (OSC), home of JetBlue University (JBU), in Orlando, Florida. The cost of lodging, food, and all training materials is incorporated into the contracted fees assessed to each cadet.


Core Flying Skills

At the conclusion of Core Academics, you will report to the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy in Phoenix, Arizona for the remainder of Phase I and Phase II training. Phase I and Phase II combined should require 27 weeks to complete. CAE provides transportation and housing accommodations in two-bedroom furnished apartments for the duration of this training syllabus, included in the cost of the Program. The cost of food is your responsibility.

Phase 1 training is focused on cockpit procedures, the principles of flight, basic instrument flying, and solo flying in CAE’s Diamond DA40 aircraft. The intent is to build your core flying skills.

A rigorous academic program is interspersed throughout the Program, which will expose you to critical concepts you will apply for the remainder of your career, like Crew Resource Management, and Threat and Error Management. “Glass cockpit” simulators are also used to enhance and improve the fidelity of training. Similar to your Core Academics with JetBlue, all training materials at CAE — learning management systems, essential flying equipment, FAA medical, flight manuals, licensing exams, etc. — are included in the cost of the Program.  


Basic Flying Skills


During Phase II, you build on your core flying skills by training to night, instrument, and cross-country flight. In addition to your DA40 flying, you will receive upset prevention and recovery training in the Diamond DA20. We will place significant emphasis on multi-crew competencies during Phase II. This training will immerse you in important concepts like the roles and responsibilities of the pilot flying vs. the pilot monitoring, and flight path monitoring in highly automated aircraft. You will use these skills for the remainder of your career as an airline pilot.


Private Pilot’s License (PPL) Module


Although you will gain flying experience and receive training during Phase I and Phase II that far exceed the prerequisites for a PPL, we recognize that licensing is an important part of your career as a professional pilot. CAE will prepare you for your check-ride over the course of three weeks. Upon successful completion, you will receive a PPL, which marks the first of many milestones in your aviation training. Flying in the PPL Module and first-attempt examination fees are included in the cost of the Program.


Intermediate Training

You will return to Orlando for Phase III and IV training with JetBlue. The objective of Phase III is to help you transition from smaller single-engine aircraft to highly complex, transport category aircraft. We will accomplish this objective by providing you with a blend of academics and simulator events conducted in JetBlue’s E190 trainers. The intermediate phase emphasizes the fundamentals of air carrier operations, advanced avionics, automated flight, intricacies associated with increased aircraft speed and performance, and exposure to high-density airspace. 

These concepts will be reinforced by field trips that introduce you to other aspects of JetBlue operations, such as aircraft maintenance and system operations. Phase III concludes with your completion of the Airline Transport Pilot – Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), which is a prerequisite for the ATP Written Test and an eventual ATP License. Because Phase III and Phase IV combined span nearly 14 weeks, you will be accommodated at either a furnished apartment or long-stay hotel near the Orlando International Airport. Transportation will be provided for you. Both lodging and transportation are included in the cost of the Program.


Advanced Training


The Advanced Phase conducted at JBU is identical to the training undertaken by our newly hired pilots. Indoctrination provides you with a thorough working knowledge of the rules and tools that guide flight operations at JetBlue. Systems and Procedures Training builds a solid understanding of the E190 aircraft and the methodology we use to operate it safely and efficiently. Maneuvers Training provides you with intimate familiarity of the aircraft’s flying qualities. Finally, Line-Oriented Flight Training closely replicates actual flight operations between city pairs inside the JetBlue network.


Abridge Course

Once Phase IV is complete, you will return to Phoenix for continued training with CAE at their Oxford Aviation Academy. Like before, you will stay in a furnished apartment and transportation will be provided for you. The cost of both is covered by the costs of the Program. Using the experience and qualifications you’ve gained to date as a foundation, the purpose of the Abridge Course is to fulfill the requirements mandated by various FAA licenses. These requirements will include general flight hours, cross-country time, night time, and instrument approaches. 

At the successful completion of the 12-week Abridge Course, you will have earned an Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot License, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Certificate. 

The final portion of the Abridge Course is dedicated to instructor training. This is the vehicle CAE uses to “train the trainer.” During the instructor training syllabus, you will learn how to standardize your delivery of training services, how to calibrate your grading for consistency, and how to apply the art of teaching to the aviation profession.


Employment with CAE

At the conclusion of instructor training, and provided you continue to meet the minimum qualifications, you will have earned your initial instructor qualifications and will begin work as a salaried employee of CAE. You will enjoy your time as a CAE Flight Instructor for 24 months, or until you accumulate 1,500-hours, whichever is longer. 


New Hire Training as a JetBlue First Officer

Having successfully navigated this challenging but rewarding training pathway, you are now prepared to begin your career as a pilot with JetBlue. You will be assigned a New Hire class, where you will participate in two days of company orientation. Orientation will familiarize you with corporate structure, JetBlue history, the JetBlue business model, company policies, and crewmember responsibilities and benefits. Once Orientation concludes, you will begin your pilot-specific training in our Qualification Training (QT) curriculum.

The JetBlue new hire course is approximately six weeks in length, and is comprised of indoctrination, systems, procedures, and maneuvers training, and line-oriented flight training. To become a line pilot, new hires must successfully complete each phase of training and a series of check-events administered by the staff of JetBlue instructors. You will finish QT with an ATP License and an E190 Type Rating before heading out to the line for your Initial Operating Experience.