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Jul 03 2018


SALISBURY, MARYLAND – Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., is announcing a Cadet Program partnership with Trident Aircraft in Easton, Maryland. The partnership provides prospective pilots at Trident Aircraft with a guaranteed career path to American Airlines.


Piedmont Airlines will offer tuition reimbursement and conditional employment to select certified flight instructors (CFIs). Once a CFI reaches the required Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, he or she will join Piedmont as a first officer and is guaranteed a job at American Airlines.


“Our cadet program is a great opportunity for students who want to pursue a commercial flying career. It allows them to gain valuable flying experience before coming to fly for Piedmont and then on to the world’s largest airlines,” said Lyle Hogg, president and CEO. “We’re excited to add Trident, right here on the peninsula, to our list of partners.”


The program provides a bonus for every 100 hours of flight time until CFIs reach the required ATP minimums. After a Certified Flight Instructor reaches ATP minimums, he or she will join Piedmont as a first officer.


“We are extremely excited to partner with the largest aviation company in Maryland,” said John Galdieri, III, president, Trident Aircraft. “The cadet program is a win-win solution that will allow Trident to attract, retain, and reward quality instructor pilots and give them the opportunity to quickly advance their careers in today’s competitive pilot market. We truly are excited and feel this is a win for Trident, our staff, Piedmont, and eventually American Airlines.”


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About Piedmont

Piedmont Airlines, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group (AAG).

Piedmont traces its roots to 1931 and a small company called Henson Flying Service, a fixed-base operator based in Hagerstown, Maryland.  Today, Piedmont operates nearly 300 daily departures to 55+ cities throughout the eastern United States with a fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets. Piedmont’s award winning ground handling team works in nearly 80 airport locations from coast to coast.

Piedmont’s corporate headquarters is located in beautiful Salisbury, Maryland between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Piedmont employs more than 8,000 aviation professionals who share common goals of safety, excellence and superior customer service.


About Trident Aircraft Flight School


Trident Aircraft is an Easton, Maryland based aviation company whose services include flight training, aircraft maintenance, aviation fuels, corporate jet charter and management.  Trident’s fleet of 41 aircraft range from simple flight training aircraft to corporate jets, located at five different airports in Maryland and Florida.  Trident was founded in 2006 and has become a leading aviation service provider to the US Navy and US Naval Academy.

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