When we review First Officer applications and select interviewees, we look at both the Pilot Credentials profile and the application.
Create a Pilot Credentials profile
Once you meet our minimum requirements, create a Pilot Credentials profile at SWA.PilotCredentials.com. We recommend you update this profile monthly.
Apply on Southwest Careers
During an open hiring window, please apply to the Pilot - First Officer role on Careers.Southwestair.com. You're required to apply for an open position for interview consideration. Use the same email address associated with your Pilot Credentials profile in your application. Email addresses must match on both sites for consideration.
USA DOT/FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. The certificate must display the following:
"Airplane Multiengine Land" Category and Class Ratings
"English Proficient" limitation
USA DOT/FAA First Class Medical Certificate and, if applicable, any necessary Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) or Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) issued by the Federal Air Surgeon.
Required: 1,000 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft
Preferred: 1,000 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft as a Pilot in Command (PIC)
Preferred: actively flying for two of the last five years
Note: PIC time is defined as Captain or Aircraft Commander of record or pilot signing for the aircraft (not sole manipulator of the controls)
Note: only time in a fixed-wing aircraft is counted, this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO, and UAV
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