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Cadet Program

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.

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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.

From Student Pilot to American Airlines Captain

How the Piedmont Cadet Program Works


Apply to the Piedmont Cadet Program using Airline Apps

No school affiliation required. Must have Commercial pilot certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings, 400 hours total time to interview. Pilots with fewer than 400 hours can join the Piedmont Ambassador program.
Benefits: Mentorships, internships and promotional materials

Interview at the American Airlines Flight Training Center

We'll fly you to Charlotte and provide a hotel if you need it.
Benefits: Receive $7,500 signing bonus and full American Airlines flight benefits when you sign the cadet contract.

Build time, get paid

You decide how and where you want to build hours. We’ll pay you every time you add 100 hours of flight time up to $5,000, drawing on our generous new hire pilot bonus.
Benefits: Receive up to $5,000 as you build time

Reach ATP/R-ATP minimums, enroll in ATP-CTP course

We’ll pay for the ATP/CTP course and exam, provide transportation and hotels
Benefits: A $5,000 value

Begin first officer training

On your first day of training, we place you in the queue to transition to American Airlines. No separate interview required.
Benefits: Once you pass training and your operating experience - receive $5,000. After one year as a Piedmont pilot, you’ll receive $8,000.

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.

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Crew Bases

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.

Learn More

Questions about our Cadet Program? 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.