Pilot Bridge Program coming to South Dakota State


BROOKINGS – Minneapolis-based Sun Country Airlines will be presenting details of its new Pilot Bridge Program to aviation classes at South Dakota State, from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The afternoon will include a recruiting event at the Brookings airport from noon to 5 p.m. In addition to sharing information about careers as a pilot, Sun Country representatives will also discuss careers in aviation maintenance and management. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to make connections with industry leaders and discuss careers in aviation,” said Cody Christensen, an associate professor for the aviation program at SDSU. “The program creates a pathway for our students to enter the workforce after graduation and potentially work for a large commercial airline company. We are excited to welcome representatives from Sun Country to our community and have an opportunity to interact with our students and faculty.”

The program is designed for students to apply to the bridge program while still at SDSU, and if selected, complete a three-month pilot training program with Sun Country. Following the training program, students will be eligible for full-time employment.

Sun Country Airlines is a hybrid low-cost airline that includes scheduled service, charter and cargo business. The company operates nearly 100 routes and services, making it the 11th largest passenger airline in the United States.

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