Success Stories


Wesley Cash Junior Captain, Mesa Air Group

A junior captain for Mesa Air Group based in Chicago, former student pilot Wesley Cash flies CRJs 200, 700, and 900 for United Express and other airlines in the group.

“I’m occasionally needed in the AmericaWest/USAirways systems as well, to fly the 900,” Cash says. “It’s pretty similar to the 700, but has a ramp weight of about 10,000 pounds more and holds 20 more people. They’re all a blast to fly!”

Flying regularly as a child inspired Cash to become a pilot. With a lot of hard work and a little luck, he’s regularly in the air and recently earned 1,000 hours as a jet captain. He also credits his experience in this program for helping him pursue his lifelong dream.

Malcolm Powers First Officer, SkyWest Airlines, Tucson

A native of Sierra Vista and current resident of Hereford, Malcolm Powers left the flight training program and now has more than 3,000 hours on a Canadair regional jet.

After completing his training, Powers became a flight instructor for Mesa Air Pilot Development (Farmington, N.M.) before working as a first officer for American Eagle Airlines in New York and joining SkyWest.

Starting with zero flight time and no experience, Powers occasionally turns to his mentors – Belinda Burnett and Charles Perry – to ask questions relating to the field of aviation.