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Horizon Air

Pilot Development Program

The Pilot Development Program at Horizon Air is geared toward pilot students who attend one of their partner schools, like California Aeronautical University, and are interested in a career with Horizon Air. The Pilot Development Program offers training, mentorship, and a defined path to starting a career with Horizon Air.

After completing the Program and meeting all qualifications, you’ll be assigned a class date with Horizon Air and on the fastest path to mainline flying at Alaska Airlines.

Participants must have their private pilot certificate to apply to the program. Pilots sign an agreement to work for Horizon Air for a minimum of two years after reaching ATP minimums.

Potential Pilot Career Pathway*

Cadet Program Highlights


Start Building Seniority

$12,500 Stipend

Access To Special Events

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Cadet Program Benefits

  • Mentorship from a professional pilot
  • Start building seniority and longevity
  • $12,500 flight training stipend
  • Access to special events

Access to Major Airlines*

  • Alaska Airlines


*Denotes partnership, but eligible regional pilots may also flow to other major airlines.

About Horizon Air

Horizon Air is the regional airline for the mainline carrier Alaska Airlines. As a committed partner to Alaska Airlines, we connect people and communities in the West with the world. We deliver performance with excellence and develop industry leading innovations to create safe, incomparable flying experiences.

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Updated December 2022

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