PIEDMONT AIRLINES INTRODUCES MILITARY TRANSITION PROGRAM FOR PILOTS
SALISBURY, Maryland - Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group Inc., will create a custom training program for military pilots who wish to transition to civilian aviation. Piedmont’s Military Transition Program, or MTP, matches military pilots to a certified partner flight school and can offer financial assistance while pilots build the required hours.
“Military pilots are extremely well trained and have always been an asset to Piedmont Airlines,” said Steve Keefer, vice president of Flight Operations and former United States Air Force lieutenant colonel. “If we can make that transition easier, and provide financial support for those who have served, we should be doing it.”
Military pilots and civilian pilots are subject to different flight time requirements, and gaps often exist when a pilot moves from military to civilian flying. Piedmont will work with interested pilots to identify the gaps, and create a program specific to each pilot’s needs.
“Every situation is different, so every transition program will be different,” said Tyler Tenbrink, recruiting manager. “We take the guesswork out of the transition so pilots only have to concentrate on the flying.”
Once pilots complete the transition, they will be placed in the next available Piedmont pilot training class where they receive a $16,200 signing bonus in addition to industry-leading pay. Pilots who fly for Piedmont by contract have a direct flow to American Airlines. To be eligible for the Piedmont Military Transition Program, pilots must qualify for a restricted Airline Transport License, and will be required to use GI Bill funding. To learn more about the program, please email flyPiedmont@aa.com or visit piedmont-airlines.com.