Flying for RavnAir Group

PILOTS

RavnAir Alaska & PenAir (Part 121) 

We are glad that you are interested in becoming part of our team! 

The information in this section is designed to help you get acquainted with RavnAir Group, which includes PenAir, RavnAir Alaska and RavnAir Connect. We take pride in providing safe and efficient scheduled air travel to our customers throughout the great state of Alaska, along with service for passenger groups, odd-sized cargo up to 6,000 pounds, and charter service for anywhere in our great state, Canada and the Lower 48.  Our team of professionals on the ground and in the air has the history and experience to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction today — and for the future. 

Combined, our companies have been flying here for about as long as Alaska has been a state. In fact, our operations and experience have grown right alongside the Last Frontier. 

If you’re considering a fulfilling pilot career, RavnAir Group can offer a great path for those professionals pilots who may eventually be interested in switching to the major airlines. But as many of our professionals have found, RavnAir Group provides our pilot crew members with a true and legitimate pilot career unto itself and the even greater opportunity of being home with their friends and families every night. 

RavnAir Alaska & PenAir Pilots– At A Glance 

  • Day trip schedules mean that you are home every night; 
  • Online scheduling for easy shift trading; 
  • Preferential bidding to optimize and personalize your monthly flight schedule; 
  • Bid AM, PM, or Reserve lines to fit your lifestyle; 
  • Advanced multi-engine turbine fleet; 
  • iPad-based electronic flight bags issued to each pilot; 
  • Minimum of 10 days off per month, although most pilots receive 12 even during the busy summer months; 
  • Pre-approved vacation locked 6 to 12 months in advance; 
  • Pick up extra shifts for time and a half; 
  • Supplemental vacation time awarded in reverse seniority the month prior; 
  • Part 121 scheduled domestic operations as well as unique supplemental (charter) operations. 

 

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OUR LEGACY 

RavnAir Alaska (Corvus Airlines) History 

Corvus Airlines, formerly Era Aviation, began operations in 1948 as Carl Brady flew the first commercial helicopter to Alaska to work on a mapping contract for the U.S. government. 

These small mapping routes grew over the years until scheduled passenger service took flight in May 1983. At that time, the company was wholly owned by Rowan Companies.  

After a series of owners, Era Aviation was acquired by the parent company of Hageland Aviation and Frontier Flying Service in 2009 under the Era Alaska family umbrella. The addition of Era helped form the largest air group in the state by serving more cities and passengers with the largest airplane fleet in Alaska. Era’s scheduled regional passenger and cargo flights offer comfort, convenience and impeccable service, primarily using a combination of Bombardier Dash-8 and Beechcraft 1900D and 1900C aircraft. 

Era Aviation changed to Corvus Airlines in 2014 during the RavnAir Group rebrand. Corvus Airlines flies under the RavnAir Alaska brand.  Because Corvus has the reservations systems to offer services of the other sister companies, the RavnAir Alaska website and general marketing image is managed by Corvus. 

RavnAir Alaska flies schedules throughout the state of Alaska to over 100 destinations.  Corvus’ flights 3000-3999 are operated by Hageland Aviation as Ravn Connect. 

 

PenAir (Peninsula Aviation Services Inc.) History 

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR PILOTS 

RavnAir Alaska & PenAir 

  • R-ATP minimum flight time in accordance with 14 CFR 61.153, 61.160, or FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) minimums; 
  • Valid ATP written test (RavnAir Group will cover the cost of the ATP CTP course, after successful completion of IOE)*;
  • Able to obtain FAA First Class Medical; 
  • Valid US Passport; 
  • No Accidents or incidents nor any FAA ‘Administrative Action’ or ‘Certificate Action’ within the previous 24 months of initial interview; 
  • Under Age 65 (required under Part 121); 
  • No DUI/DWI conviction in the previous 36 months; 
  • Legal right to work in, and travel freely in and out of, the United States of America. 

* PenAir and RavnAir Alaska, the Part 121 operations of RavnAir Group, require all pilots to possess an FAA ATP certificate and be type rated in the aircraft. If necessary, once employed as a pilot candidate, our on-staff examiners will qualify candidates with both type rating and ATP certification during the course of our normal flight training curriculum. 

 

Direct Entry Captains 

RavnAir Alaska hires Direct Entry Captains to fly the Dash 8. To qualify, candidates must meet the following criteria, assuming the minimum requirements above are also met: 

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate; 
  • A minimum age of 23 years; 
  • A minimum of 2,500 hours in fixed wing aircraft; 
  • 1,000 hours of multi-engine turbine experience; 
  • 1,000 hours of air carrier experience meeting the requirements of FAR 121.436, or in possession of an exemption. Note that time spent flying multi-engine aircraft under Part 135 in commuter operations is applicable; 
  • Current FAA First Class Medical certificate. 

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COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

RavnAir Group offers one of the most competitive compensation packages in the regional airline market, and we are constantly improving what we offer our team. Our goal is to provide you with an attractive career path and a great lifestyle, whether you’re flying for RavnAir Alaska or PenAir, allowing you to be home every night, or enjoying the commuter schedule for RavnAir Connect. 

 

RavnAir Alaska (Part 121) Compensation

Training Pay 

  • Training pay is the First Officer rate at minimum monthly guarantee, starting on the first day of class; 
  • Simulator training includes company-provided single hotel room. 

SERVICE TIER

CAPTAIN

FIRST OFFICER

12

$117.00

5

$103.00

$68.00

4

$101.00

$66.00

3

$99.00

$64.00

2

$97.00

$62.00

1

$95.00

$60.00

Direct Entry Captains 

RavnAir Alaska hires Direct Entry Captains for the Dash 8 at $90 per hour for the first year, moving to Service Tier 1 pay for the second year. 

 Additional Notes 

  • Monthly guarantee is 70 hours; 
  • Service tier is number of years in seat position; 
  • Yearly raises are based on the date a pilot passes the initial check ride; 
  • $10,000 new hire bonus for pilots currently holding ATP certificate*; 
  • First Officers on seniority list beginning in 2018 can receive up to $15,000 in retention bonuses annually; 
  • $5000 relocation reimbursement for new hire pilots outside the Anchorage area*; 
  • Company will cover the cost of ATP CTP if a new hire pilot meets the minimums*; 
  • Company provides Known Crewmember (KCM). 
  • *Details and restrictions apply. Contact Pilot Recruiter for more details. 

PenAir (Part 121) Compensation

Training Pay

  • Training pay is First Officer rate at minimum monthly guarantee, starting on the first day of class;
  • Simulator training includes company-provided single hotel room.

SERVICE TIER

FIRST OFFICER

12

5

$66.11

4

$64.17

3

$62.22

2

$60.28

1

$58.33

Additional Notes 

  • Monthly guarantee is 72 hours; 
  • Service tier is number of years in seat position; 
  • Yearly raises are based on the date a pilot passes the initial check ride; 
  • $10,000 new hire bonus for pilots currently holding ATP certificate*; 
  • First Officers on seniority list beginning in 2019 can receive up to $15,000 in retention bonuses annually; 
  • $5000 relocation reimbursement for new hire pilots outside the Anchorage area*; 
  • Company will cover the cost of ATP CTP if a new hire pilot meets the minimums*; 
  • Company provides Known Crewmember (KCM). 
  • *Details and restrictions apply. Contact Pilot Recruiter for more details. 

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

  • Best pay rates for pilots in the regional industry with annual increases;
  • Full benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision, as well as life insurance;
  • Pass benefits for you and your family on major, regional, and foreign airlines in addition to RavnAir Group carriers;
  • Travel discounts for hotels, cruise ships, and rental cars;
  • CASS Jumpseat carrier allowing flight crew to take advantage of jumpseat privileges;
  • Known Crewmember (KCM) enrollment for RavnAir Group pilots;
  • Company 401K contribution of 2%;
  • Paid time off, accrued based on tenure with the company;
  • Shared master pilot seniority list so you can transition between certificates without sacrificing seniority;
  • Pilot retention bonuses paid out each year;
  • Referral bonuses for qualified pilots and mechanics from your network;
  • Relocation reimbursement of $5,000 upon completion of training for pilots (required for RavnAir Alaska and PenAir; encouraged for RavnAir Connect).

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ABOUT THE PILOT INTERVIEW PROCESS

RavnAir Alaska & PenAir 

Our pilot interviews are held in Anchorage, Alaska. We realize travel times for some may be significant, so it is customary for us to first conduct a short screening via telephone to allow us to introduce ourselves, learn more about your background, and to ask questions to determine whether RavnAir Group will be a good fit for you. 

If you know a pilot that is already on our team we encourage you to reach out to them and learn more about our operation before applying. 

Following the initial phone call, our formal interview process at one of our facilities in Anchorage will consist of a small panel interview comprised of technical and behavioral questions. These meetings typically last 30 minutes to one hour. 

We do our best to make the process as stress free and enjoyable as possible! We are looking for pilots who are excited to join our elite team, who interact well with our passengers and staff, and who will make a stand for safety, no matter the stakes. If you fit this bill – we need you!  

For more details on the interview process, please contact a member of RavnAir Pilot Recruitment.

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APPLY 

We are not accepting pilot applications at this time. Please check back soon or visit RavnAir Pilot Recruitment on Facebook to stay up-to-date on application windows and ground school dates!

 

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PILOTS 

RavnAir Connect

We are glad that you are interested in becoming part of our team! 

The information in this section is designed to help you get acquainted with RavnAir Group, which includes PenAir, RavnAir Alaska and RavnAir Connect. We take pride in providing safe and efficient scheduled air travel to our customers throughout the great state of Alaska, along with service for passenger groups, odd-sized cargo up to 6,000 pounds, and charter service for anywhere in our great state, Canada and the Lower 48.  Our team of professionals on the ground and in the air has the history and experience to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction today — and for the future. 

Combined, our companies have been flying here for about as long as Alaska has been a state. In fact, our operations and experience have grown right alongside the Last Frontier. 

If you’re considering a fulfilling pilot career, RavnAir Group can offer a great path for those professionals  who may eventually be interested in switching to the major airlines. But as many of our professionals have found, RavnAir Group provides our pilot crew members with a true and legitimate pilot career unto itself and the even greater opportunity of being home with their friends and families every night.  

Positions on the 135 side are very competitive. Due to the high volume of applicants on the RavnAir Connect side, we highly recommend you meet our Recruitment team at one of our job fairs and/or aviation conferences, or work with a current employee for recruitment help. Updates on job fairs are posted on the banner of this website as well as our company Facebook page and RavnAir Pilot Recruitment Facebook page. If you don’t hear back from us, don’t be discouraged: if you are a safe, professional pilot, we want you as part of our team. 

RavnAir Connect operates under the certificates of Hageland Aviation Services and Frontier Flying Service. 

 

RavnAir Connect Pilots – At A Glance 

  • Rotational two weeks on, two weeks off schedule with no overnight trips; 
  • Company housing and ground transportation provided in rural locations; 
  • Pick up additional shifts in your primary base or throughout the network; 
  • Fly passengers and cargo, gaining experience across the 135 fleet; 
  • Quick upward advancement; 
  • Expand on your experience for an eventual progression to Part 121, or enjoy a fulfilling career typed in all RavnAir Connect aircraft. 

 

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OUR LEGACY 

RavnAir Connect (Hageland Aviation Services) History 

Founded in Mountain Village by Mike Hageland. A veteran of the Army European Command with experience as a flight engineer in Vietnam, Hageland began his Alaska operations in September 1981 with just one Cessna 180, which he used to transport passengers and cargo to the state’s smaller communities. 

In 1982, Hageland added a C-207 to its operations as well as Tom Hawkins as a partner. The following year, Hageland Aviation Services became a corporation. Throughout the ’80s, the company added more aircraft, pilots and routes, including the Aniak, McGrath and Unalakleet, regions served by Ron and James Tweto. Into the 1990s, Hageland continued to expand, by obtaining a certificate to transport mail in addition to building hangars in Bethel, St. Mary’s and Kotzebue, with new bases eventually in Barrow and Nome. 

At the end of the 20th century, Hageland continued to add planes to its fleet, including its first Cessna Caravan II.  While bulking its numbers to nearly 20 aircraft, the company maintained safety as a priority by becoming an active member in the Alaska Aviation Safety Foundation and the Alaska Air Carrier Association in 2000. 

As in earlier years, the company continued its steady growth through the first decade of the new century, adding the Beech 1900C to its stable and relocating its headquarters to the former Reeve Aleutian Airways facility near Anchorage International Airport. 

Today, Hageland operates over 50 aircraft ranging from Cessna 207s to BE1900Cs, under the brand Ravn Connect. 

 

RavnAir Connect (Frontier Flying Service) History 

Retired Air Force Col. Richard McIntyre founded Frontier Flying Service in 1950, catering to Alaska bush communities, primarily around Fairbanks. The company provided charters throughout the state as well as mail service for Wien Air Alaska. 

In 1974, Frontier was purchased by John Hajdukovich. The company continued to grow with its acquisition in 2005 of Cape Smythe Air Services, taking on that company’s equipment and infrastructure. 

In 2008, the owners of Frontier Flying Service (John Hajdukovich) and the owners of Hageland Aviation (Mike Hageland and Jim Tweto) agreed to form a new parent company (HoTH). This action created the beginnings of an “air group” whereby the parent company could acquire companies that have synergies with each other market the combined services under a common brand. 

At the time Frontier combined its resources with Hageland in 2008, it was operating 13 B1900C aircraft under Part 121 along with 8 Piper Chieftain Aircraft, and employing 230 employees. Upon the acquisition of Era, Frontier moved its B1900C equipment to both Hageland and Era as appropriate to the mission and operation that left Frontier specializing in Cargo only with a lone Short Brothers SH-30, “Sherpa” aircraft.  This aircraft charters throughout the system in addition to flying loads of outsized cargo and mail to the group’s scheduled destinations. 

Frontier operates under the brand RavnAir Connect.  Frontier does not operate any Era flight numbers as it operates cargo only and “on demand charters.” 

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR PILOTS 

RavnAir Connect 

  • Commercial pilot license; 
  • Multi-engine rating; 
  • A minimum of 250 hours of flight time; 
  • Ability to safely lift 70 lbs.; 
  • Valid US Passport; 
  • No Accidents or incidents nor any FAA ‘Administrative Action’ or ‘Certificate Action’ within the previous 24 months of initial interview; 
  • No DUI/DWI conviction in last 36 months; 
  • Legal right to work in, and travel freely in and out of, the United States. 

Direct Entry Captains 

RavnAir Connect hires Direct Entry Captains to fly the C207 and C208, respectively. To qualify, candidates must meet the following criteria, assuming the minimum requirements above are also met: 

For C207 Direct Entry Captains 

  • A minimum of 900 hours total time; 
  • 100 hours of cross country flight time; 
  • 25 hours of cross country night flight time. 

For C208 Direct Entry Captains 

  • A minimum of 1300 hours total time; 
  • 500 hours of cross country flight time; 
  • 100 hours of night flying; 
  • A total of 75 hours instrument time (actual and/or simulated) with a minimum of 50 hours in actual flight. 

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COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

RavnAir Connect 

Training Pay

Training pay is First Officer rate ($205 per day), starting on the first day of class.

Service Tier

C208 First Officer

B1900 First Officer

1

$205.00

$205.00

 

PIC Pay

Captains receive their daily rate plus bonus hours. Bonus hourly pay is based on a 4.5 hour a day average. Any block hours over an average of 4.5 hours per day, over the course of a calendar month, will be paid at the applicable hourly bonus rate.

Service Tier

C-207 Captain

10

$342.00

9

$333.00

8

$324.00

7

$315.00

6

$306.00

5

$297.00

4

$288.00

3

$279.00

2

$270.00

1

$261.00

Bonus Pay is $60 per hour

 

C-208 Captain Pay

Service Tier

C-208 Captain

15

$441.00

14

$432.00

13

$423.00

12

$414.00

11

$405.00

10

$396.00

9

$387.00

8

$378.00

7

$369.00

6

$360.00

5

$351.00

4

$333.00

3

$315.00

2

$306.00

1

$297.00

Bonus Pay is $70.00 per hour.

 

 PA31 Captain Pay

Service Tier

PA31 Captain

15

$468.00

14

$459.00

13

$450.00

12

$441.00

11

$432.00

10

$423.00

9

$414.00

8

$405.00

7

$396.00

6

$387.00

5

$378.00

4

$360.00

3

$342.00

2

$333.00

1

$324.00

Bonus pay is $80.00 per hour; daily rate will be calculated to be $20.00 per day higher than the C-208’s current pay scale for upgrades.

 

BE1900 Captain Pay

Service Tier

BE1900 Captain

15

$504.00

14

$496.00

13

$489.00

12

$477.00

11

$468.00

10

$459.00

9

$450.00

8

$441.00

7

$432.00

6

$423.00

5

$414.00

4

$405.00

3

$396.00

2

$387.00

1

$378.00

Bonus pay is $90.00 per hour.

 

Additional Notes

  • Service tier is number of years in seat position;
  • Pilot candidates in training are paid the daily rate according to position and aircraft type. The computer-based training modules are expected to be completed during normal work hours, and are thus not paid extra
  • Raises are based on the date a pilot passes the initial check ride in the aircraft being flown;
  • Premium/Call Out Pay: These days requested and approved by the Chief Pilot’s office will be paid at $150.00 per day extra;
  • $10,000 new hire bonus for pilots currently holding ATP certificate*;
  • Captains can receive up to $15,000 in retention bonuses, depending on the aircraft type;
  • $5000 relocation reimbursement for new hire pilots outside the Anchorage area*;
  • Company will cover the cost of ATP CTP if a new hire pilot meets the minimums*;
  • Company provides Known Crewmember (KCM);
  • Pilots are eligible for per diem at $40 per day for overnight trips spent away from their assigned base. If pilots elect to work extra days away from their normally assigned base, these days will not be paid per diem.
  • Details and restrictions apply. Contact Pilot Recruiter for more details.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 

  • Best pay rates for pilots in the regional industry with annual increases; 
  • Full benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision, as well as life insurance; 
  • Pass benefits for you and your family on major, regional, and foreign airlines in addition to RavnAir Group carriers; 
  • Travel discounts for hotels, cruise ships, and rental cars; 
  • CASS Jump seat carrier allowing flight crew to take advantage of jumpseat privileges; 
  • Known Crewmember (KCM) enrollment for RavnAir Group pilots; 
  • Company 401K contribution of 2%; 
  • Paid time off, accrued based on tenure with the company; 
  • Shared master pilot seniority list so you can transition between certificates without sacrificing seniority; 
  • Pilot retention bonuses paid out each year; 
  • Referral bonuses for qualified pilots and mechanics from your network; 
  • Relocation reimbursement of $5,000 upon completion of training for pilots (required for RavnAir Alaska and PenAir; encouraged for RavnAir Connect). 

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ABOUT THE PILOT INTERVIEW PROCESS 

RavnAir Connect 

Following the initial phone call, our hiring team holds formal interviews in Anchorage, which is required except in special situations.  This process is usually 1.5 hours, and will consist of a small panel asking technical and behavioral questions. 

Part 135 First Officer positions are highly competitive and our team typically hires only a few seats per ground school. Direct Entry Captain seats are offered only after thorough vetting by our hiring team. For either opportunity, we are seeking pilots who are excited to join our team of professional pilots, who work well with our passengers and staff, and who will always choose to uphold safety, no matter the situation. 

For more details on the interview process, please contact a member of RavnAir Pilot Recruitment. 

APPLY

We are not accepting pilot applications at this time. Please check back soon or visit RavnAir Pilot Recruitment on Facebook to stay up-to-date on application windows and ground school dates!

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