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As of November 2017, ExpressJet pilots number 1318. 



As flight crew members, our pilots are responsible for the safe, comfortable, on-time and efficient operation of our aircraft. All our pilots are certificated Airline Transport Pilots and meet or exceed all regulatory requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Each pilot is highly trained and is re-trained and checked on a regular basis as part of our Advanced Qualification Program. Our pilots also take quarterly online and annual ground school courses on flight operations, aircraft systems, crew resource management and accident analysis. Pilots are also subject to random in-flight evaluations from check airmen instructors.

Our pilots:

  • Assess the current and anticipated environment.
  • Identify and anticipate operational threats.
  • Choose the best course of action consistent with safe, reliable and efficient operation of the aircraft.
  • Exchange information, ideas and instructions in a timely manner.
  • Act in a manner that promotes teamwork, professionalism and mentorship.
  • Actively verify aircraft systems, position and configuration as well as crewmember actions to resolve inconsistency or uncertainty.
  • Optimize overall performance while safely flying the aircraft.
  • Select the appropriate level of automation for the situation.
  • Operate in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations and company policies.


A pilot flying as Captain is the pilot-in-command and the final decision-making authority regarding the operation of the aircraft. They are also the in-flight security coordinator. A Captain’s ultimate responsibility is to ensure the safe operation and completion of each flight.  To achieve this end each Captain must work together with their crew, dispatch, flight operations, maintenance, scheduling, gate agents and air traffic controllers.  Pre-flight duties include reviewing weather information and routes, addressing maintenance concerns and complying with maintenance directives, briefing the First Officer and Flight Attendant about the manner in which the flight is to be conducted, and familiarizing himself with all information pertinent to safety of flight. They also verify and review fuel loads and ensuring the aircraft has been loaded within aircraft limitations. 

In-flight duties include operating the aircraft safely with strict adherence to company procedures by monitoring aircraft systems, applying their experience and systems knowledge in emergency and abnormal situations, adjusting routes and altitudes as necessary for fuel concerns and weather avoidance, communicating with air traffic control, determining a suitable runway for takeoff and landing, and taxiing the aircraft.


Like the Captain, a First Officer undergoes rigorous flight training; most of his pre-flight and in-flight duties are the same as those of the Captain.  In addition to discussing route, weather, and maintenance concerns with the Captain prior to each flight, a First Officer also inspects the aircraft to ensure it is in an airworthy condition.

In flight, the First Officer works with the Captain to ensure the safe outcome of each flight.  As the pilot flying, a First Officer operates the aircraft safely and within company standards.  When the Captain is flying, the First Officer monitors the flight, suggests route and altitude changes in response to dynamic weather conditions, and ensures the flight is operated safely at all times.  In an abnormal or emergency situation, both pilots share the workload and discuss the situation with each other and the Flight Attendant in order to arrive at the best decision given the nature of the event.  Both pilots are fully trained in emergency procedures.  In the event that the Captain becomes incapacitated during flight, the First Officer becomes the final authority and is fully qualified to operate the aircraft by him or herself.