Republic Airways logo for new Flight Time Initiative (Photo: Business Wire)"Republic continually encounters Pilots slow to achieve their final flight hour requirements because of the cost and the general pressures of daily life," said Jody Scott, Director of Talent Acquisition for Republic. "This program removes those barriers, providing a practical solution that will reduce months of effort and expense to finally achieve their career goal of flying for an airline. We want that airline to be Republic Airways." The first FTI group began training in September, and a second group began October 17. The genesis for the RJET Cadet FTI came from those directly affected by today's flight hour requirements - interns working at Republic. Through discussions among Company leaders and interns, it became clear that while the internship program provided invaluable career experience, achieving necessary flight time (especially multi-engine time) actually is the biggest challenge facing aspiring aviators. Republic's leadership wanted to change that, and the FTI is the end result. "Republic is a Company that acts and listens, and this proactive, forward-thinking program is proof of that," said Shuttle America Capt. Nick Hammond, one of the key Associates leading the development of the FTI. "And, quite frankly, the response has been incredible. We look forward to making such an important impact on these new aviators and helping jump-start their careers, and welcoming them into the Republic family."