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Direct Entry Captain Jobs

Are you an airline Captain looking to maximize your career earnings? Captains with 950+ hours of qualifying Part 121, 135, or 91k time earn $100,000 in bonuses on their first paycheck when they accept a conditional job offer by June 30, 2024 and start training by August 31, 2024.

Qualifying Captains with a type rating for the Embraer 135/140/145 earn an additional $50,000 on their first paycheck when they accept a conditional job offer by June 30, 2024 and start training by August 31, 2024.

If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities available at Piedmont, review our FAQs page or view Direct Entry Captain job openings.

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Captain Pay and Bonus Structure

Bring your longevity from your current airline and maximize your career earnings. For example, if you have three full years of service at CommuteAir, Endeavor, or any Part 121 carriers combined you would start on Step 4 of the Captain pay scale ($161.25/hour). Pilots with at least 950 qualified hours of Part 121, 135, or 91k time earn $100,000 in their first paycheck, plus an additional $50,000 with a type rating for the E135/140/145.

Captain Wage Scales

 

6/29/2023

6/29/2024

1

$150.00

$153.75

2

$153.75

$157.50

3

$157.50

$161.25

4

$161.25

$165.00

5

$165.00

$168.75

6

$168.75

$172.50

7

$172.50

$176.25

8

$176.25

$180.00

9

$180.00

$183.75

10

$183.75

$187.50

11

$187.50

$191.25

12

$191.25

$195.00

13

$195.00

$198.75

14

$198.75

$202.50

15

$202.50

$206.25

16

$206.25

$210.00

17

$210.00

$213.75

18

$213.75

$217.50

19

$217.50

$221.25

20

$217.50

$221.25

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2,500 hours of total flight time/ 950 hours of qualifying Part 121/135
  • Commercial Multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating, and an English Proficient Endorsement
  • Valid United States passport or a valid passport with authorization to work in the United States
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
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The Fastest Path to American Airlines

Piedmont Airlines pilots are on the fastest path to American Airlines under a company contractual “flow” program with enhanced quality of life benefits, including:

  • Compensating First Officers as Captains after accumulating 750 flight hours  
  • Minimum of 4 hours of flight pay for each day(s) of the assignment   
  • Commuting pilots in non-hub locations will receive four hotel nights per month 
  • 50% bonus on select holidays (including the “Big Football Game”) for all pilots 
  • Minimum of 12 days off and additional enhancements to bid schedules 
  • Reserve Captains are guaranteed Long Call Reserve after obtaining 250 Captain hours
  • Captains flow to American Airlines in five years, or move to top of pay scale until they flow 

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Military Transition

Make the transition from a military pilot to a rewarding aviation career as a pilot at Piedmont. Your military flight hours count. Do you have more than 2000 total hours and 500 hours of U.S. Military PIC time in a multiengine airplane (or VTOL) that requires a crew of 2 or more? You may qualify for our High Time First Officer position and a $75k sign-on bonus.

Crew Bases

Charlotte, NC

Two hours from the mountains and three hours to the coast, Charlotte has it all. Hiking, biking, rafting, and the mild year-round climate to enjoy it. Fly Embraer jets from CLT, American’s largest East Coast hub. Build your career in a vibrant, growing city with a Southern charm that always says hello.

Philadelphia, PA

Piedmont’s prime location and growing Philadelphia hub offer pilots another great situation. You’ll challenge your skills with East Coast takeoffs and landings. Live where everything’s within reach – dynamic cities, rich culture, live sports, top dining, the beach, and the mighty Atlantic. Position your career, your life – in the center of it all.

Harrisburg, PA

US News and World Report ranked Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capitol, as the #1 Best Place to Live in PA. Located along the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg has something for everyone. Discover an eclectic mix of wilderness and city life, as well as the old and the new. Enjoy hiking trails and outdoor recreational activities. Explore nearby cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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Questions? We’d love to hear from you. Contact a recruiter to learn more about the application process and get a personal guide to joining the Piedmont team. Or visit us at any of our upcoming recruiting events to meet members of our team. View Direct Entry Captain job openings below.

First Officers

Watch your First Officer career take off at Piedmont while enjoying one of the best benefits in the industry. New pilots train to proficiency and the standard at the American Airlines Training Center. Plus, get paid as a Captain while flying as a First Officer when you reach 750 hours.

 

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Cadets

Receive financial support while building time. Pilots with 500 hours total time are eligible for Piedmont’s flexible Cadet Program. Cadets will receive $15,000 to help build flight hours and free ATP-CTP to become a First Officer at Piedmont.

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