Military Transition Program: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Piedmont Military Transition Program?
The military transition program (MTP) is a customized training experience that provides military pilots the opportunity to transition into commercial aviation with little or no cost to them. We will educate, train and financially assist you throughout the process.
Who is eligible for this program?
Anyone with logged military time who qualifies for a restricted ATP certificate is eligible for the Piedmont program. Not sure if you qualify? We’ll take a look at your situation and create a plan for you…with no obligation.
How long will this program take to complete?
Training time will be based on how many hours you need to complete, and your commitment to flying. We will pair you with a school that best meets your needs and map out a realistic timeline for you.
What will this cost me?
Every situation is different, but most pilots will have little or no out of pocket costs related to training. Piedmont Airlines can offer up to $23,000 on top of the money you receive though the GI Bill. Pilots who train with a friend will receive additional cost reduction incentives at our training schools, and housing may be covered. If not, discounted housing is available.
Where will I train?
Piedmont has partnered with two excellent flight training schools: Sky Warrior Inc. in Pensacola, Florida and Infinity Flight Group in Trenton, New Jersey. Others may be added depending on the popularity of the program.
What happens when I finish the program?
Once you complete your transition, we will place you in the next available Piedmont pilot training class. At that point, you are eligible for our $16,200 signing bonus and our guaranteed flow to American Airlines. You will also be eligible for our employee referral program: we pay $5,000 for each pilot you bring to Piedmont.
This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?
No catch. Our team will look at your background and certifications, identify any gaps and work with you and a partner school to create a program that matches your needs. You will know before you start how much of the program is covered financially. If you don’t like what you hear, simply walk away.
How do I get started?
Please contact us at FlyPiedmont@aa.com and we will put you in touch with a career specialist. Also, start to get these items in order:
• Log book with proof of military time
• FCC license
• Current first class medical certificate
• Valid passport and authorization to work in the United States
• Application on AirlineApps.com
Successful candidates will be able to pass a background check and have no DUIs in the last five years.
Who do I contact?
For additional information about this program, email FlyPiedmont@aa.com. We will be happy to discuss your specific needs, financial situation and opportunities with no obligation to you. You can also learn more here.