If you’ve previously applied for Mokulele, follow the instructions below to apply again through this page directly.

Without you as a viewer, subscriber, and reader, I wouldn’t be here today living my dream as an airline pilot in Hawaii. I want to extend that same opportunity to you. I’ve partnered with the management and hiring staff of Mokulele Airlines to present my YouTube subscribers a unique 10 day hiring opportunity to thank you guys for being some of the best, most engaged viewers I’ve ever had. By participating in this limited time application process, you’ll find yourself at the top of the hiring stack.

If you are looking to build flight time, you can expect to fly over 75 hours per month at Mokulele depending on your crew base. 

If you’ve already subscribed to my channel, your first step is done! Click Here if you haven’t already. If you’ve previously applied for Mokulele, follow the instructions below to apply again through this page directly.

Start Time: Now, July 5th, 2017

End Time: Midnight in Hawaii (HST), July 14th, 2017

Our pilot recruitment department is guaranteeing the placement of at least 1 Captain and 1 First Officer (based on qualifications) from this 10 day period into the August or September 2017 training class. While not every qualified applicant can be selected in this limited time opportunity, every application will be saved in the standard hiring pool for future recruitment needs. Late applications will be sent to this standard hiring pool.

If selected, the following hiring advantages will apply to you by participating in this program:

  • No “make or break” phone interview
  • No off-site simulator testing
  • Reduced First Officer hiring minimums (see below for details)
  • Earliest possible class dates (pilots requested for mid-August or mid-September ground school, 2017)
  • Limited number of applicants within this 10 day hiring window
  • Anyone who applies will remain on the Mokulele applicant list for future consideration

Basic job information:

  • Fly over 75 hours per month (depending on crew base)
  • Minimum guarantee of 70 paid hours
  • All First Officers: $21 per hour
  • 1st Year Captains: $42-48 per hour
  • Health Insurance
  • Travel benefits on dozens of airlines around the world
  • CASS and jumpseat benefits for pilots
  • Known Crew Member Access
  • MyIDtravel System

For a full list of Mokulele pilot benefits and job opportunities, Click Here.

All applications will be reviewed by myself, the chief pilot, director of operations, and a panel of Mokulele Airlines leadership staff. As with all Mokulele applicants, this is not a finalized job offer, but rather an opportunity to participate in our training program. Upon successful completion of an initial simulator evaluation in Hawaii, ground school, simulator training, flight training, and a checkride, you’ll become a Mokulele pilot!


Basic Requirements:

  • Subscribe Here – Check out what it’s like to fly for Mokulele Airlines
  • Instrument currency
  • Demonstrates recent flight experience within application
  • Confident flying under VFR and IFR
  • Ability to work in the USA full-time without restrictions
  • Willing to work late hours, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to relocate to Hawaii or California upon hiring (housing not included)

First Officers:

  • Commercial Pilot’s Certificate (appropriate category and class ratings)
  • Instrument Rating
  • At least a 2nd Class Medical Certificate
  • No specific hour requirements


  • Commercial Pilot’s Certificate (appropriate category and class ratings)
  • Instrument Rating
  • At least a 2nd Class Medical Certificate
  • 1200 hours flight time as a pilot, including:
    • 500 hours cross country time
    • 100 hours night flight time
    • 75 hours of actual or simulated instrument time (50 hours must have been in-flight)
How To Get Started

Compile the following information into one PDF or Word document: 

  1. Name, Address, Email, Phone Number, Education Background, YouTube Username
  2. Cover Letter: Describe in 300 words or less why you’d like to fly for Mokulele Airlines and how you will be the best fit for our company.
  3. Resumé
  4. Flight Experience Summary:
    • Total Flight Time
    • Actual IMC Time
    • Total IFR Time (actual or simulated)
    • Number of Instrument Approaches (past 6 months)
    • Cross Country Time
    • Night Time
    • Garmin G1000 Time
  5. Short Letter of Recommendation: From a chief pilot, flight instructor, crew member, professor, etc. (detailing your skills as a pilot or student). Recommender should include their contact information.

All applicants are subject to the same background screening and may be contacted for further questions at any time.

Attach your Word/PDF document to an email and send it to 

Please include your full name somewhere in the subject line. If you do not receive a confirmation of your application within 48 hours, use the “contact” tab above to get in touch. On July 20th, 2017, all applicants will be notified about selections. 

This Is A Lifestyle Opportunity

I’ve always wanted to do something to give back to the people that have supported me this far in my career, my viewers. While I don’t have the finances to fund some sort of scholarship yet, I hope this opportunity provides you with the chance to start thinking about ways you can live out your own dream. This is just the beginning, the first time I’ve ever organized a hiring project like this. Even bigger plans are in the making! I hope to see a few of you in ground school soon!

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me through the “contact” tab above.


About The Author

If you want to become a pilot, I want to make your journey just a little easier. I'm a First Officer for Envoy Air, one of the largest regional airlines in the world, and have partnered with industry leaders like the U.S. Air Force to teach about various aviation careers. For a full bio, click the "About" tab above. Use the "Contact" tab to shoot me a message.

27 Responses

  1. Gerry Ortiz

    Great opportunity. I am a CSEL and CMEL w instrument and 400tt currently working on CFI and would much rather do his instead. Lol Did you do CFI or just build your hours in other ways? I enjoy your videos.btw

  2. Percy

    Fabulous opportunity Swayne, thanks! I’m currently working on my Instrument Rating and then start on my Commercial so I have to pass on this opportunity, but perhaps sometime in the next 6 months I’ll be ready! 🙂

  3. Toby

    Hey mate defiantly interested and willing though only issue would be that Im aussie and would need a visa. Ive got over 500hrs with 300hrs in command turbine.

    • Swayne Martin

      Not sure how that works to be honest! I know that we do have pilots here working on visas, but I’m not sure if we sponsored them. I doubt it, but am not sure.

    • Jarrod

      Hey Toby,

      Look into the E3 visa, it’s a special visa class just for Aussies wanting to work in the us. All you need is a job offer from a us company then its very easy to apply for ge visa.

  4. Shaad Shaikh

    Hi Swayne,
    First of all congrats on your new job. I’ve been watching all your videos and they are quite inspiring and amazing. I have CPL ASEL with 300TT. I think that’s quite low hours to get my first job as FO. I should have my Instrument rating by end of this month. I wish I could get it done by your deadline of 15th. Will be guys be hiring more FO’s in near future or this is the end of hiring for Mokulele? I would like you to mentour me. Once I have my IR I’ll still apply for Mokulele as I don’t mind relocating for the first job.

    • Swayne Martin

      Congratulations on getting close to finishing that IR! We will of course be hiring more FOs in the future outside of this program, so I would wait until you’re fully qualified to apply.

  5. Preston Bacik

    I am assuming you will only be working at Mokulele during the summer time and then returning to school in the fall. Is there any way I can apply to do the same thing you are, starting next summer? I doubt it will be with the same hiring opportunity you are offering now, but I am just curious to find out if Mokulele will consider pilots who only want to fly for the summer. I am qualified now but I need to be able to finish some more classes before taking a job like this.

  6. Ben

    Let’s see 70 hours times Captains pay at 42.00 per hour is about 3000.00 per month. That should just about pay for the rent to live there ?

    • Shawn

      … with a roommate. FO pay is only guaranteed at $1,470/mo. You would make more working full-time as a grocery store clerk. But then you’d be a grocery store clerk.

      No doubt there are plenty of pilots with intentions on moving to a major who would rather live in Hawaii for a few years than fly over concrete, even if it means scraping by financially. And there’s likely a select few who are able to support themselves longer term by other means (spouse income, savings, etc) who just want to live and fly in paradise.

      Certainly no one should apply for Mokulele thinking they’re going to live like Hawaiian royalty. As Swayne wrote, “This Is A Lifestyle Opportunity”. Poverty in paradise may not be so bad.

  7. James Jacobe

    Would I need to have an FAA license? I currently have an TC CPL/MIFR, 250 TT, 80 G1000.

  8. Ronald J Ramos

    I meet all the requirements and I’m submitting the applications

  9. Ahsan Riaz

    Great Job Swayne.I am a student pilot out of Canada presently working on my IFR. I am hoping to finish my training within next 2 months.

    Would look forward to applying soon. Thanks for keeping us all motivated.

  10. Carson C

    I have about 290 hours with my commercial SE, Multi and instrument. I also have my CFI and MeI. CFII checkride is this week. Hopefully it all works out and I can get hired as I have a friend recently hired and we want to share a apartment to make living more affordable.

  11. Sal

    Hey man! Hawaii is an amazing place! I visited Hickam AFB while I was in the Air Force. I have 500tt comm/multi/Inst and own my own Arrow and would love to fly for a living. Unfortunately, I have lost contact with my old CFIs. A letter of recommendation may be tough to get. Either way, love the videos man!

  12. brek

    As an instrument rated commercial pilot with 260TT.. would that meet the minimum requirements to submit an application for FO? I don’t plan on getting my CFI right now and I am currently viewing my options. One more question, whats the schedule like as an FO? I know guaranteed 70 hours a month, but are you guys flying 2 weeks on 2 weeks off or something a little bit different.

  13. William

    Man I hate that I missed the window but I’ll definitely be looking at this page for future hiring!

  14. Juan Carlos Parada

    Hi there! I am a flight instructor with over 1300 hours in Canada looking at the possibility of moving to Hawaii because my daughter is going to BYU and I would love to be near her! How difficult is it for Canadian pilots to work in the US, I’m not to worried about the FAA conversion, more about the work permits. If you have any information I would love to apply!


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