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Career Path to the Majors

From Instructor to Airline Pilot

Piedmont Airlines’ Cadet Program, available at select universities and flight schools, is designed to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from instructor to mainline pilot. 

Through a seniority-based flow through program, pilots at Piedmont graduate to guaranteed jobs at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, from flying the youngest fleet among the U.S. legacy carriers. 

Cadets receive Piedmont support as their hours, training and experience grow.

Become a Piedmont Cadet

Read the facts that make Piedmont the place for up-and-coming pilots.

  • Hold a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate (CFI) with Instrument Airplane Ratings and 500 flight hours
  • Interview as a CFI with 400 flight hours or more
  • Pass an interview with our recruiting team and sign a letter of commitment
  • Receive tuition reimbursement up to $5,000; mentorship and promotional materials; and enter Instructor Placement Program

Facts About the Program

Upon completion of your Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate, you are eligible to become a Cadet Instructor which allows you to receive:

  • $5,000 in partial tuition reimbursement paid to you as you build time
  • Cadet Instructor placement, if required, at a partner university, college and flight academy
  • Compensation totals $16,200

We'll Pay for Your Training

Upon reaching ATP/R-ATP minimum flight experience requirements, Piedmont will pay for the ATP-CTP course (valued at $5,000) for qualified candidates needing to complete the ATP written exam prior to new hire training. Hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the ATP-CTP course will be provided.

Cadets successfully completing the ATP-CTP course and written exam will be placed into the next available new hire class at Piedmont upon reaching minimums, with no additional interview required. They receive an additional $6,000 tuition reimbursement paid in full on the first day of new hire first officer class.

Our crew base is located in Philadelphia (PHL).

Cadet Instructor Tuition Reimbursement

Upon signing a one-year agreement with Piedmont, you will be eligible for tuition reimbursement. The reimbursement disbursements are contingent upon reaching Total Flight Time Thresholds with payments made proportionally per each 100-hour increment until you reach your Airline Transport Certification (ATC) minimum requirements. The total of all disbursements will not exceed $5,000. See the disbursement schedule below:

Cadet Instructor Tuition Reimbursement Schedule
Total Flight Time Threshold Reached Cadets Qualified for ATP at 1,500 Total Time Cadets Qualified for Restricted ATP at 1,250 Total Time (61.160c/d) Cadets Qualified for Restricted ATP at 1,000 Total Time (61.160b)

500

$500

$625

$1,000

600

$500

$625

$1,000

700

$500

$625

$1,000

800

$500

$625

$1,000

900

$500

$625

$1,000

1,000

$500

$625

Employment with Piedmont

1,100

$500

$625

1,200

$500

$625

1,300

$500

Employment with Piedmont

1,400

$500

1,500

Employment with Piedmont

Total Cadet Instructor Reimbursement

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

Ready to Fly?

See a complete list of partners here. Piedmont welcomes future partners to assist the cadet program. Please email program manager Lynnette Darnell at Lynnette.darnell@aa.com to find out how to participate.