Flight Ops Flight Instructor

Southwest Airlines Dallas, Texas
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April 28, 2023
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, Texas


Flight Operations

Our Company Promise

We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.

Job Description:

All of Southwest’s People come together to deliver on our Purpose; Connecting People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. The Flight Operations (Flight Ops) Flight Instructor supports the Flight Ops Department by providing training to Pilots in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), Advanced Qualification Program Manual (AQPM), Flight Operations Training Manual (FOTM), and Company requirements/agreements. This role conducts training in the classroom and in simulators to ensure Pilots have the knowledge and hands-on experience to provide our Customers with a safe and reliable flight. The Flight Operations Flight Instructor has great interpersonal and communication skills which help them facilitate proper flight instructions. 


Additional Details: 

  • U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S. required and no current or future work authorization sponsorship available.    

  • The culture of Southwest Airlines means we value the camaraderie, collaboration, and innovation that occurs when we come together and interact face-to-face at our vibrant Corporate Campus. Due to the nature of this role, you would be required to work from our Dallas, TX headquarters facility during business hours.       

  • For eligible Leadership and individual contributor roles, additional bonus opportunities are available and awarded at the discretion of the Company. 


Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We continue to look for opportunities to reflect the communities we serve, and welcome applicants with diverse thoughts, backgrounds, and experiences. 

  • Prepare and conduct classroom and simulator training in accordance with FARs, Training Policies / Manuals, and Company requirements.
  • Facilitate pilot learning
  • Develop and create instructional and evaluation media/materials for support of training programs
  • Maintain course material and procedural integrity through self-study, skills practice, critique review, and instructor meetings
  • May perform other job duties as directed by Employee's Leaders

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge and experience in the operation of training equipment that includes computer based training workstations
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Knowledge of flight training instructional duties along with a good working knowledge of FAR training requirements
  • Must possess excellent English verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read technical aircraft documents, follow technical instructions, learn and understand new technical concepts and prepare written technical documents that will convey information or guidance to others in an understandable manner
  • Ability to accomplish accurate work under tight time constraints while maintaining a high degree of flexibility
  • Ability to work various assigned hours as necessary, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays, with a rotating assigned work schedule to cover the operational hours (which includes 365 day a year up to 24 hours a day)
  • Preferred prior instruction experience in a classroom or full motion simulator. 

  • Preferred 737 type rating. 


  • Required: High School Diploma or GED

  • Required: Flying experience operating an aircraft

  • Required: USA DOT/FAA Unrestricted Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. The certificate must display the following:
    • "Airplane Multiengine Land" Category and Class Ratings
    • "English Proficient" limitation
  • Required: Must possess a valid United States Driver's License

Physical Abilities
  • Must have vision ability to view and read computer/video/flight deck displays on a frequent basis
  • Must be able to participate in the FAR directed Line Observation Program and be able to enter and exit the aircraft under normal and emergency conditions
  • Must be able to enter and exit the flight simulator, cabin simulator or mock-up, briefing rooms under normal and emergency conditions
  • Must be able to sit in the simulator uninterrupted for up to 4 hours
  • Ability to perform work duties from limited space work station/desk/office area for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others in the English language to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to use a computer and other office productivity tools with sufficient speed and accuracy to meet the demands of the job
  • Ability to move/transport 25 lbs on an occasional basis (under 50%)
  • Ability to work at elevated heights and operate a Flight Simulator
  • Ability to manipulate applicable flight controls at full deflection
  • Ability to pass annual flight evaluation
  • Ability to converse/present/facilitate for up to 8 hours
  • Ability to make/receive audible call outs in classroom and/or simulator settings

Other Qualifications
  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines
  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
  • Must have a professional behavior on and after Company hours and at Company events
  • Must be able to work rotating shifts, holidays, and overtime
  • Must meet confidentiality expectations as to confidential, proprietary and sensitive Company information
  • Air travel with overnight stays required
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed

As a Flight Operations Flight Instructor, you can expect: 

  • Fly for free, as a privilege, on any open seat on all Southwest flights—your eligible dependents too.  

  • Up to a 9.3% 401(k) Company match, dollar for dollar, per paycheck.*  

  • Potential for annual ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement - when Southwest profits, you profit.* 

  • Explore more Benefits you’ll love: swa.is/benefits 

*401(k) match contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and applicable IRS limits  
**ProfitSharing contributions are subject to plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company 

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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