- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2016

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama college graduate became the first captain to fly Cape Air’s plane into the Auburn University Regional Airport.

Auburn alum Capt. Michael Pfeiffer made history by flying the Cessna 402 from Hyannis, Massachusetts, into the airport in Alabama on Tuesday, the Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/2dDc9Y7) reported. Pfeiffer and fellow Auburn graduate Capt. Clayton Adamy provided flights Wednesday for pilots currently in the program at the university.

“It’s a definite path to get to JetBlue from your college level,” said Jose Caballero, an Auburn alumnus and University Gateway program manager.

Pfeiffer and Adamy are graduates in the JetBlue Airways University Gateway program. Auburn has been a part of the program since 2013.

There are more than 400 pilots in the program.

Students can apply for the program as early as their sophomore year.

Pfeiffer said he’s been a Cape Air pilot for two years. He’ll complete his jet transition course at the JetBlue University next month. In five months, he’s hoping to be hired as a first officer at JetBlue Airways.

“The gateway program is the reason I am at Cape Air,” Pfeiffer said. “It’s an amazing program.”



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