Piedmont’s flexible cadet program pays you to build time. Interview with just 400 hours and earn $25,500 in bonuses as you work toward ATP/R-ATP minimums. Piedmont cadets also receive full flight benefits from American Airlines.
The Career Path to the Majors
Pilots receive guidance and financial assistance while working from cadet to first officer to American Airlines. No school affiliation is necessary to become a cadet, and cadets do not have to be flight instructors. Build hours how you want and where you want.
Apply to the Piedmont Cadet Program using Airline Apps
Interview at the American Airlines Flight Training Center
Build time, get paid
Reach ATP/R-ATP minimums, enroll in ATP-CTP course
Begin first officer training
Our Cadets Have Options
Piedmont offers the most flexible cadet program in the industry. Cadets may build hours any way they wish, and are not locked in to a partner school. Along the way, cadets have full access to American Airlines flight benefits, as well as mentors, events and networking that will help you become a better pilot.
Piedmont will pay for your ATP-CTP course and test (valued at $5,000), along with hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the course. Once you complete the ATP-CTP course and exam, you’ll be placed into the next available new hire class at Piedmont, with no additional interview required.
We operate crew bases at two locations:
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia International Airport
Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Many of our cadets make their homes in our crew base cities.