FAA appoints CommutAir pilots as APDs

tCommutAir’s Captain Timothy Bell and Zachary Davis have been appointed Aircrew Program Designees (APD) under the FAA Aircrew Designated Examiners (ADE) programme.
The designation allows Bell and Davis to perform airman type certifications on the ERJ-145 on behalf of the FAA. The association claims it “reposes special trust and confidence in the integrity, diligence and discretion of the APDs who have been found to have the necessary knowledge, skill, experience, interest and impartial judgement to merit special public responsibility.”
Joel Raymond, CommutAir’s COO, averred, “We congratulate Tim and Zach for achieving this milestone and it reflects highly on the quality of our flight training programme. It also means that we can significantly increase our training throughput and get incoming pilots doing what they want to do – getting trained and flying as quickly as possible.”
The news comes as CommutAir’s addition of forty ERJ-145 jets to its fleet is driving an accelerated need for pilot hiring. To address this the carrier has designed an industry-leading pay and benefits package.
The package consists of a US$15,000 sign-on bonus and rapid position upgrades for qualified applicants; top-tier pay and benefits including vacation; 401(K) match & health care; a commuter policy including company-paid commuter hotels; and a career path programme offering qualified pilots a pathway of advancement to United.

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