Frequently asked questions


Where are your pilot bases?

Most of the communities that we serve are pilot bases for our Captains. Many of our pilots choose to live in their base, as that is where their assigned flying begins and ends every day. Our pilots bid for their base twice a year through a seniority bid system, which allow for some of the seasonal transitions many of our pilots do every spring and fall. New England: Hyannis MA, New Bedford MA, Boston MA, Provincetown MA, Martha’s Vineyard MA, Rutland VT, Lebanon NH, Rockland ME, Augusta ME, Bar Harbor ME New York: Saranac Lake Montana: Billings Midwest: Marion IL, Kirksville MO, St. Louis MO, Owensboro KY, Quincy, IL Caribbean: San Juan PR, Mayagüez PR, Vieques PR, St. Croix (U.S.V.I.), St. Thomas (U.S.V.I.), Tortola (B.V.I.), Nevis (West Indies)

How are pilot bases assigned?

Pilot bases are determined through a seniority bid system. Many pilots will be required to transition between our regions for the summer and winter seasons. Monetary assistance is given to transition pilots once hired with Cape Air. Newly hired pilots can expect to be based in any of our regions.


What are pilot schedules like?

We use a seniority bid system to determine pilot schedules within each base. Generally, our pilots begin and end their day in their base, so they are home every night. This may, however, require pilots to relocate to their base. Pilot schedules vary depending on the region and the season. Some examples of possible pilot schedules include: 4 on 3 off, 4 on 4 off, and a rotation of 4 on 3 off, 3 on 4 off. We run flying incentive programs throughout the year that reward pilots for picking up extra flying on their days off. Also, our pilot bids vary in duration, with longer schedule bids during the height of our seasons, summer and winter, and short schedule bids in the in-between months.

Initial Pilot Training - Cessna 402

How is pilot training paid?

Initial Pilot Training - Cessna 402
Training is paid on an hourly basis and starts from day one of ground school. You will be guaranteed 40 hours pay per week during training. You will also be provided a single-occupancy hotel room for the duration of training.

Where is training held?

Training is conducted at the company's headquarters in Hyannis, MA. All of our training is completed in-house with our own instructors, airplanes and FTD. Most of the flight training is conducted in the Cessna 402.

Benefits & Pay

What is the pay scale?

Cape Air offers a competitive pay scale for our pilots, which is comparable to the industry. Part 135 operation (Flying the C-402 or BN-2) As opposed to most airlines that pay by the flight hour, Cape Air pays by the duty hour, with a guaranteed 40 hours per week minimum. Any additional time is paid as overtime, and most schedules are constructed with overtime built in. First year C402 Captains start at $17.16 per duty hour. In 2017, first year Captains averaged a salary of $78,000 per year.

What are the benefits for pilots?

A few of the benefits of full time pilots are; CASS Benefits and family pass benefits, Known Crew Member, relocation allowance, FAA medical reimbursement, uniform allowance, partial matching 401K, Employee Stock Ownership Program, long-term and short-term disability, health & dental insurance, paid volunteer time, paid leave, paid holidays and the opportunity to start and end in your base every night. Additional information on benefits will be provided at the interview.

Do you offer jumpseat privileges and pass travel agreements for family?

Cape Air is proud to offer our pilots CASS privileges. We have jump seat agreements with most major, regional and cargo carriers. We also offer great pass travel benefits (with most domestic and international carriers) for eligible family members.

Is there a commitment required to work at Cape Air?

As a new hire pilot you are asked to sign a training commitment letter, committing to employment at Cape Air for 6-18 months depending upon your qualifications when hired.


How do I apply?

Please see the Apply page of this website for detailed instruction on how to apply. For information on Pilot Recruiting, the Gateway Program or upcoming recruiting events, please contact pilotjobs@capeair.com.