CQFO Hiring Requirements

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Captain Qualified First Officer Program (CQFO)

This program allows pilots who meet Captain requirements to fly as either a Captain or a First Officer, depending on the airline’s scheduling needs.  If you've spent years waiting to upgrade at another regional, this program is for you.  ​Take advantage of this great opportunity to start earning PIC time. 

CQFO Qualifications

  • 2,500 hours total time
  • 1,000 hours multi-engine time
  • 1,000 FAR Part 121 time (Time can be a combination of Part 121 and Part 135 time.  Time for this qualification is considered on a case-by-case basis.) 

Now offering a $21,000 CQFO signing & retention bonus!

$21,000 Signing & Retention Bonus Payment Schedule

Payment 1:  $10,000 after the completion of IOE
Payment 2:  $7,000 after one year active employment
Payment 3:  $4,000 after two years active employment



$50.07 per flight hour when flying as a First Officer ($36.35 per flight hour during training)


$62.84 per flight hour when flying as a Captain

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Meet Captain Qualified First Officer Marlon Choyce

Marlon came to Trans States as a CQFO after spending four years in the right seat at another regional airline.  As a CQFO, he was able to start earning PIC time immediately.