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Pilot Careers

Direct-entry captains, near-entry captains and pilots with Part 121 experience are now eligible for additional bonuses at Piedmont. Stabilize your career with top pay and a guaranteed seat at American Airlines.

Not enough hours to apply? Get paid to build time with Piedmont’s flexible Cadet Program.

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Piedmont offers the Fastest Path to American Airlines

With a guaranteed job at American Airlines waiting, no regional airline gets pilots to a major airline faster. In about five years, Piedmont pilots transition to the world’s largest airline, all while taking home the industry-leading pay rate for first officers. Talk to a recruiter to learn how you can guarantee your seat at American.

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Earn your Stripes Quickly

At Piedmont, you may start as a first officer, but that doesn’t mean you’ll stay in the right seat longer than you need to. Before your guaranteed job at American, Piedmont pilots have the opportunity to become captains in 12-15 months, which increases your pay. It’s even sooner for pilots with Part 121 experience.

Graph showing how pilots through Piedmont upgrade to Captains usually within 15 months or less.

Pay & Benefits

First Officer Compensation

$50.50/hour (April 1, 2020)

First year pay for First Officers

75 hours/month

Guaranteed

$18,000 Signing Bonus +
Additional Bonus for Current  Part 121 Experience

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Upgrade to Captain

$76.76/hour

Year one Captain

$79.41/hour

Year two Captain

  • Upgrade in 12-15 months, sooner with Part 121 experience
  • After 2,500 total hours and 1,000 Part 121 hours, bid for captain
$5,000 – $15,000 additional bonus

Near-entry and direct entry captains

Time off

11 days off per month guaranteed minimum

42 hours paid sick leave per year

5 paid vacation days in your first year

10 paid vacation days in your second year

Travel for Free

Ready to explore the world? You, your immediate family and your friends can reach 365 destinations on more than 6,800 daily flights across the American Airlines global network.

Insurance and Retirement

High quality health insurance is best in the industry

PPO covers doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions and vision

Dental coverage includes no-cost preventative care

Life and disability insurance provided at no cost to you

401(k) plan through Fidelity, with a company match

Additional Benefits

Commuters receive two free hotel rooms per month

Training at the American Airlines Training Center in CLT

100 percent trip cancellation and dead head pay

Triple premium pay available for flying on scheduled days off

Bid on crew base assignments based on vacancies and seniority

Hub bases: Philadelphia (PHL) or Charlotte (CLT)

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Crew Bases

Charlotte, NC

Two hours from the mountains, three 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, and build your career in a vibrant city that’s growing but still small enough to retain its 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. You’ll live where everything’s within reach. Operate within easy distance of all that makes the East great – dynamic cities, rich culture, live sports, top dining, the beach and mighty Atlantic. Position your career, your life – in the center of it all.

Paths to the Cockpit

Apply as First Officer, Direct Entry Captain

Join Piedmont and start your journey toward American while enjoying the regional industry’s highest wages and a competitive benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1,500 hours of flight time, 50 hours of multi-engine time, 250 hours as Pilot in Command or meet requirements for Restricted ATP
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College degree from an accredited school
  • Current employment in a pilot position
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Train as a Cadet

Pilots with 400 hours TT can apply to Piedmont’s flexible cadet program and receive $25,500 in bonuses to help build hours. Our cadets do not have to be affiliated with a partner school, and may build hours where and how they choose. Cadets receive full access to flight benefits on American Airlines.

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Transition from Military

Let Piedmont help you make the transition to a rewarding civilian career. We’ll help you complete the training you need to fly for Piedmont and American Airlines.

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Military Pilot Transition Program

Are you a veteran? Turn your military service into a rewarding civilian career with Piedmont’s Military Pilot Transition Program.

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$10,000 Employee Referral Bonus

All Piedmont team members are eligible for a $10,000 bonus per successful referral. Train, study and work with a buddy and put some cash in your pocket.

Refer a Friend

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Questions about applying? 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.

Upcoming Events

Women in Aviation Conference

1000 Buena Vista Dr
March 5 @ 8:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm

Fort Campbell Spring Hiring Event

5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd
March 17 @ 12:00 pm - March 18 @ 4:00 pm

SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo

March 31 @ 8:00 am - April 5 @ 5:00 pm
More Events

Apply Online

To apply for Pilot, Cadet or Military Transition positions, please apply online through AirlinesApps.com:
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