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SkyWest Pilots Help More Women Lean Into Aviation

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

It’s becoming more and more common to see women flying commercial aircraft, thanks in part to those like Mary Conti, Suzy Garrett, Jen Johnson and many others at SkyWest. Not only have they realized their dream of flying, but they continue to set an example for other young women and girls to follow.

Jen Johnson with an all-female crew on a recent flight.

Captain Jen Johnson with her crew on a recent flight.

Mary Conti
CRJ Captain based in Palm Springs, California
Hired in 1985, Mary is one of SkyWest’s first female captains.

Mary, when did you decide to become a pilot and how did you end up flying for SkyWest?

Mary: When I was 23, I became a pilot for my personal use, because no one hired female pilots (in 1976). I owned my own airplane, and when I finished my bachelor’s degree, I did some instructing. That led to a job selling airplanes, which led to a corporate job. I ended up flying tours out of Moab, Utah which then led me to flying for SkyWest. 

Obviously, there have been some changes in the industry since you began. What have you seen change?

Mary: There are so many more females in aviation now! Only a few airlines were hiring female pilots when I started here. I was one of the first two female captains SkyWest had! There just weren’t many of us, but as more females started applying to be pilots, the entire industry has changed. 

Any advice for women who are considering an aviation career?

Mary: I am so happy with my career choice. I would never trade it. I love flying. I love being out flying even on the more challenging days that test my skills. I think it’s the love of flying that brings pilots in, male or female. So my only advice is, if you have a real love for flying, do it!

And there are real opportunities here at SkyWest. We have really good bases for people. As far as regionals go, SkyWest is the best. It’s a place where people want to stay. A lot of people, like me, come thinking that it’ll just be a starting place and they realize they love it! The company is strong. We’ve lasted all this time. I’ve seen so many other regionals go upside down or go away completely, but SkyWest is a good, stable company. We have a great reputation with our partners. I don’t think SkyWest will be going away any time soon. And above all, no one treats their people as good as SkyWest does.

Suzy Garrett with her family at the Great Wall of China.

Captain Suzy Garrett with her family at the Great Wall of China.

Suzy Garrett
CRJ Captain based in Los Angeles, California
Suzy was the 11th female pilot hired at SkyWest.

Hi Suzy! So, when did you KNOW you wanted to be a pilot?

Suzy: In 8th grade. I was flying out of Phoenix and it was a beautiful day. There were puffy white clouds and blue skies, and I knew right then that I wanted to fly for a living.

 Why do you love being a pilot?

Suzy: The variety of my days; I’m not just in an office.

 What makes SkyWest a good choice for a pilot?

Suzy: Well, my husband is also a pilot and he flew for SkyWest too! We have three kids and I couldn’t have asked for a better fit for our family. I was really able to have my cake and eat it too. Here at SkyWest, I was able to be senior faster and hold a line that worked for my life and my family life. SkyWest made it really easy to tailor my schedule. Having so many domiciles also makes it great!

Plus it’s a great company. It’s really fantastic! I never have worried about being furloughed or the company’s stability. I can count on SkyWest to be reliable. Those looking at choosing which regional to fly at should consider that portion! Don’t just look at the regionals as a quick stepping stone. You want a stable company no matter how long you plan to be there. Choose somewhere that is going to be a strong, stable company.

What other advice would you give someone who is looking at becoming a pilot?

Suzy: Number one would be, don’t take no for an answer and don’t give up. When I first started out to become a pilot, the military was the main path. I’m only 5’1” and the military and the major airlines had height requirements for their pilots. Everyone told me I should just quit, but I kept with it and soon the height requirements went away! Also, back then, there weren’t women pilots. There is a stereotype of who a pilot is and what they look like, but don’t believe it! Just go for it. You don’t have to be a John Wayne character to fly a plane! Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise!

Jen Johnson
ERJ Captain based in Denver, Colorado
Joined SkyWest nearly 13 years ago.

Jen, when did you decide you wanted to be a pilot?

Jen: All I ever thought about was being a pilot. My dad and I flew in a 172 that belonged to one of his friends and I loved it. My dad got sick, but I knew it was for me. There still is nothing else I could see myself doing.

What three words would you use to describe your time flying for SkyWest?

Jen: I love it. I’ve been here 12 years. I’m a check airman on the E175, and I just love it here. I love where we fly. I love the people I work with.

What do you enjoy most about being at SkyWest?

Jen: The comradery here is great. It’s like a family. You know each other and remember each other, and there is a family feeling and people care about each other from the chief pilot down.

Any advice for women considering a career as a pilot?

Jen: You can do it! It’s a male-dominated field, but there’s no good reason you can’t do it. I suggest that you go fly! Once you get in the air one time, and the flying bug bites you (if it bites you like it did me) you’ll be hooked. Go out and try it!

How have you seen the role of women in aviation change since you began?

Jen: When I was a new hire here, 12 ½ years ago, I might have flown with another female pilot once during the year. I fly with a lot more female first officers now. There’s not a ton – it’s still an exciting thing when I get an all-female crew – but it feels like there are a lot more coming, and that’s a good thing.

SkyWest Airlines is home to more than 11,000 of the best professionals in the airline industry. Those who are ready to pursue their dream of flying should apply online at www.skywest.com today!

SkyWest is also proud to work with groups like Women in Aviation International to help advance the role of women in aviation and will be attending the 27th annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee March 10-12, 2016. Learn more at www.wai.org.

And check out our blog highlighting one of our new CRJ First Officers who, after attending a Women in Aviation Conference, she knew that she wanted to fly for SkyWest.

Become a SkyWest Flight Attendant

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

SkyWest flight attendants are part of an exciting team of professionals who love working in the travel industry and sharing their enthusiasm with passengers. This is a dynamic and exciting position that allows you to travel, meet new challenges, and be invigorated every day as you portray the essence of SkyWest to our customers!

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“Layla and I love flying together. It’s always a lot of fun!” – Mary Deperrot, Chicago-based flight attendant.

Those who are ready to become a SkyWest flight attendant may submit an application today and attend a  flight attendant interview at any one of the following locations in March:

  • March 1 in Minneapolis, Minneapolis
  • March 2 in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • March 2 in Fargo, North Dakota
  • March 3 in Eugene, Oregon
  • March 3 in Portland, Oregon
  • March 7 in Orlando, Florida
  • March 8 in Colorado Spring, Colorado
  • March 8 in Dallas, Texas
  • March 9 in Santa Barbara, California
  • March 9 in Houston, Texas
  • March 10 in San Francisco, California
  • March 10 in Memphis, Tennessee
  • March 15 in Seattle, Washington
  • March 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • March 16 in Chicago, Illinois
  • March 16 in Aurora, Colorado
  • March 17 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • March 17 in Atlanta, Georgia
  • March 22 in San Antonio, Texas
  • March 23 in Madison, Wisconsin
  • March 24 in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • March 24 in Los Angeles, California
  • March 29 in St. Louis, Missouri
  • March 29 in Asheville, North Carolina
  • March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri
  • March 30 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • March 31 in Rogers, Arkansas
  • March 31 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Click here for more information about each of these events. Please note that the dates and locations of events may change without notice.

How to Make Your SkyWest Application Stand Out

Rachelle Kolb
Hiring & Compliance Specialist

Applying and interviewing for a new job can be a challenge. To make things easier, members of the SkyWest recruiting team put together seven simple tips that will help a candidate stand out:

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  1. Clear, Specific Resume: A resume should be catered for a specific job; a pilot resume is going to look different from a ramp agent resume. Keep things short and ONLY include applicable information. Recruiters often screen hundreds of resumes and those that are the most successful include current contact information, work history (with an explanation of any gaps), education (college degrees are preferred) and current flight hours for pilot applications.
  2. Assessment Questions ARE Important: Specific assessment questions attached to the application are an important tool used to screen and find the best candidates for a position. Take time to think through any answers and always be specific. Recruiters tend to lose interest when questions are answered broadly.
  3. Professional One-Way Video Interviews: SkyWest, like many companies, uses one-way video interviews to learn more about candidates during the screening process. They should be treated like a face-to-face interview. Here are some tips to make a one-way video interview a good experience.
  4. Be Timely: When a candidate follows instructions and pays attention to detail, it tells the recruiter that they are motivated. Completing tasks like a video interview or homework assignment soon after being asked is a high indicator of an applicant’s work ethic and can help them have a leg up on the competition.
  5. Prepare for Face-to-Face Interviews: After making it through the initial screening and being invited to a face-to-face interview, applicants should take some time to study the duties and qualifications of the job, as well as information about SkyWest. Recruiters are assessing whether a candidate is a good fit for the position and doing some research about the position and the company will help. For the interview itself, dress appropriately and make eye contact when answering questions. Candidates should also be specific with any answers and take time, when needed, to provide an answer that will show the recruiters more of who they really are.
  6. Be Genuine: Talking around a question in an interview or stuffing a resume with fluff words and sentences will not help candidates stand out or show our recruiters who they really are. Being genuine and specific in each stage of the screening and interview process will help applicants be more successful.
  7. Be Positive, Approachable and Friendly: These qualities can help an applicant connect with a recruiter and also ties in with SkyWest’s culture, which focuses on working together. Hiring those who exemplify these qualities continues to strengthen SkyWest teams across the country and overflows to the millions of passengers who are boarding SkyWest flights every month.

To start putting these tips into practice, check out all of the positions that are currently available at SkyWest by visiting www.skywest.com.

10 Things to Do in Midland, Texas


Midland, Texas offers a wealth of activities to fit any traveler’s taste – from foodies and sports enthusiasts to history buffs and the outdoorsy – all without sacrificing true Texas culture or Southern hospitality. Check out our list of top 10 must-see Midland attractions to start off a fantastic West Texas adventure!

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1. No Texas vacation would be complete without experiencing some finger-licking Texas cuisine. Grab a taste of real Texas barbeque at Johnny’s BBQ Diner, a local favorite.

 

 

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2. In the mood for Tex-Mex instead? Head over to Gerardo’s Casita for some authentic cuisine that you can only find in Texas.

 

 

 

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3. For dessert, don’t miss Susie’s South Forty Confections Candy Factory, a Guinness World Record-Holder for the largest piece of toffee.

 

 

 

4. PermianCatch up on Texas history at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum and find out how Midland is connected to more than 16 percent of the nation’s oil reserves.

 

 

 

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5. Remember the Alamo! Make sure to pay a visit to the first bell that hung in the Alamo at the Haley Library and History Center.

 

 

 

6.Planet Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes access to the universe. Be sure to visit the Marion Blakemore Planetarium at the Museum of the Southwest.

 

 

 

Football7. Nothing completes the true Texan experience like attending a high school football game, where the entire community gathers for the intensely competitive games. See why West Texas high school football was the inspiration for Friday Night Lights.

 

 

8.Baseball For baseball fans, there’s also a Midland RockHounds game, Midland’s minor league baseball team.

 

 

 

Bend9. Midland offers the closest access to Big Bend National Park. This is especially good news for star gazers as this remote park is one of only 10 places on the planet that is certified for dark-sky stargazing and is well known for being one of the largest, most beautiful and least-crowded national parks in the U.S.

 

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10. In the end, Midland can always be counted on to provide visitors with possibilities that are as endless as the horizons.

 

 

 

 

SkyWest Celebrates 43 Years!

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

On this day, 43 years ago, SkyWest Airlines took off on its first scheduled flight – from St. George to Salt Lake City, Utah, with a stop in Cedar City on the way! Since that first flight, what was a small, local airline has grown into one of the largest regional airlines in the country.

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Six-seat Piper Seneca used by SkyWest

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Check out even more about SkyWest’s history at www.skywest.com.

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So how exactly is a 43rd anniversary celebrated? According to several lists of modern anniversary gifts, the 43rd year should be celebrated with travel! So join in the celebration, and fly a SkyWest Airlines flight today.

 

SkyWest Mini Indy Races to Help Those in Need

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Layne Watson
Corporate Communications Manager

For the 15th year, dozens of teams revved up their go-karts and raced around the twists and turns of the “Ridgetop Raceway” at the SkyWest Mini Indy. While some were lucky enough to walk away with a new trophy, the real winner is clear: thousands of people living in Southern Utah.

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“SkyWest believes in supporting the communities where our more than 10,000 employees live and work, and Mini Indy has been a big part of that tradition now for 15 years,” said Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines COO.

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Mini Indy is a unique event that brings businesses from around the world and hundreds of their employees to St. George, Utah to help those in need. Money raised from race entries and sponsorships is all donated to the United Way Dixie, which helps support 17 local charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and the DOVE Center.

“Without the generosity of our sponsors involved in Mini Indy, we would not be able to fund the agencies that provide important human services to our neighbors in need,” said Rebekah Pectol, administrator, United Way Dixie.

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Since its inception, Mini Indy has raised nearly $1 million to help those living in Southern Utah. But it’s impossible to track the countless individuals who have benefited from this impressive race.

SkyWest Employees Love What They Do

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Wes Horrocks
Corporate Communications Manager

What sets SkyWest employees apart and makes the airline such a great place to work? All of the people who absolutely love what they do!

“I love the attitude of the people I work with. Everyone seems to really enjoy working here and makes it enjoyable to come to work. I feel proud to be a SkyWest pilot!” – Michael Larsen, first officer

“My friends at the dental office I worked at thought I was crazy to want to change careers and be a flight attendant!!! I love my job, the schedule and good friends and professionals I encounter every work week.” – Kenna Davis, flight attendant

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“I love SkyWest because of the people I get to work with throughout the system. The people are what make SkyWest so great!” – Gwen Carter, customer service

“It’s wonderful being able to say that I truly love going to ‘work’! We have such wonderful people!” – Sarah Bliesath, captain

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“I love SkyWest because it has that small company feeling.” – Robert Anderson, mechanic

“I love the energy that SkyWest agents bring to the company. Everybody is always smiling and willing to help, and it makes you feel at home and part of their family. They are the greatest.” – Rosemary Pierce, customer service

And this is just a few of the more than 10,300 aviation professionals who are proud to work at SkyWest Airlines. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy Outdoor Fun in Muskegon, Michigan All Year!

Outdoor Fun in Muskegon

Caitlin Miller
People Programs Coordinator

A visit to the beautiful shores of Muskegon, Michigan is a great choice any time of the year.  During the winter, extreme sports and unbeatable, snow-related fun abounds, while warmer months provide music festivals, water activities, and 26 miles of sandy beaches! No matter what the calendar says, an outdoor adventure awaits in this Western Michigan town!

The Muskegon Winter Sports Complex provides a place for exciting winter fun. Start by lacing up the skates for some time on the family skating rink, hockey rinks, or quarter-mile ice skating trail. More daring adventurists will love a trip down the luge. The Olympian-designed track allows participants to reach speeds of up to 30 mph! Afterward, spend some time cross country skiing on the longest-lit trail in the Midwest, race down the sledding hill, or snowshoe on one of three tracks, each designed for different experience levels.

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Back in town, visitors can warm up while viewing a world-class collection of visual art at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Special exhibitions are also showcased throughout the year, including the Festival of Trees in the fall.

As the weather gets warmer, the outdoor fun only gets better. Flip upside down on a roller coaster or cool off in the water park at Michigan’s Adventure. The park is the largest amusement park and water park in Michigan with more than 60 rides and attractions. One of the most popular rides is Shivering Timbers, a long, fast, wooden roller coaster that reaches speeds of up to 65 mph.

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The summer is also the perfect time to explore the three nearby state parks or to go boating, fishing or swimming on Lake Michigan. For a stunning bird’s eye view of the lake, tour a nearby historical lighthouse.

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It’s easy to get to Muskegon with convenient SkyWest Airlines flights, operating as United Express, from Chicago O’Hare. Find the best fares and more travel info at united.com.

SkyWest Flies 50 Children to the “North Pole”

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On Saturday night, Dec. 15, 2014, 50 Colorado Springs children flew to the “North Pole” on SkyWest Airlines’ Fantasy Flight. There they were able to experience the magic of Christmas at a special event dedicated just for them.

This is the eighth year running that SkyWest employees have partnered with community volunteers to organize the Fantasy Flight and transform Colorado Springs Airport’s East Terminal into a winter wonderland. The evening began with dinner, autographs from local Olympians, a petting zoo, face painting and a special appearance by Sky Sox baseball’s Sox the Fox mascot! The little passengers then boarded SkyWest Airlines flight 1225 to the “North Pole” and took off on what was, for many of them, their first flight.

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“Nobody got scared,” said Michele Warren, flight attendant – COS. “They all did a good job.”

As they took to the air, flight attendants sang Christmas carols with the kids (although not always in tune), and watched as the children gazed with wonder out the window at the world below them. After a magical, 30-minute flight filled with laughter and song, they had arrived at the “North Pole” (COS East Terminal). The children excitedly hopped off the plane and ran up the jet bridge, anxious to see Santa and tell him their dreams for Christmas morning.

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When they entered the room, they were greeted by family and friends, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! They played games, did crafts, and snacked on cookies and hot chocolate while they opened the gifts that Santa brought them. The atmosphere at the “North Pole” was clear throughout the night: This was a magical experience that the kids and their families would remember for years to come.

“We’d like to do a lot more for the kids, but finances are tight and we don’t have a lot of money,” said Kris Dalton, a father of three daughters who participated in the event. “This is something really special.”

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Children aboard the Fantasy Flight are enrolled in CPCD’s early childhood education programs. These children live at or below the federal poverty level, have an identified special need, or have a fragile home situation that puts them at risk for school failure. Reaching out to provide them with a magical holiday event is always rewarding, and a lot of hard work and preparation goes into putting it together. Everything from dinner and the volunteers’ time, to the gifts, fuel and aircraft are all generously donated by SkyWest and all of the volunteers who are anxious to give back and help these children have a magical Christmas experience.

Jamie Young, SkyWest’s COS general manager said, “Seeing the kids and parents enjoy the event makes it all worth it!”

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