Allegiant Air has signed a pilot recruitment deal with aerial tour operator Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines (GCSA), providing a pathway for pilots to work for the Las Vegas-based ultra low-cost carrier.

GCSA pilots must complete at least 2,500h of flight time and obtain a multi-engine airline transport pilot rating, before undergoing Allegiant's background checks and skills validation. The total flight time includes 1,000h of multi-engine pilot-in-command time on the de Havilland Canada DHC-6, which GCSA operates.

"What makes this partnership truly unique are the ample opportunities GCSA pilots will have for one-on-one mentorship and interaction with our pilots, helping to ensure a good cultural fit for the pilot, and for Allegiant," says Eric Gust, Allegiant's vice-president of flight operations.

So far, eight new pilots from GCSA have signed up for the flow-through programme, says GCSA chief pilot Dave McIntosh.

Nevada-based GCSA operates aerial tours of the Grand Canyon

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Source: Cirium Dashboard