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Military Pilots Transition Program

Piedmont Airlines values your military service and pilot training. We’ll help you transition to a rewarding civilian career in commercial aviation with little or no cost to you. Let us put you on the fastest career path to American Airlines.

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Complete your Commercial Pilot Training with Piedmont

Your military flight hours count. You may be short of FAA flight hour requirements for commercial pilots, but we can help. Our military transition program matches pilots with flight schools to customize training. Need additional fixed-wing hours? Multi-engine rating? We’ll fill in the gaps to get you off the ground.

Contact a recruiter and we’ll put together a no-obligation plan for your career.

Commercial Pilot Flight Hour Requirements - 750 total hours

From Helicopters to Airliners

Did you fly Black Hawks in the military? Apaches or Seahawks? The skills you learned to pilot military helicopters are uniquely valuable to becoming a fixed-wing pilot of Embraer jets. Your credentials give you a head start on your next bird.
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From Military Pilot to American Airlines

How the Piedmont Military Transition Program Works


Apply through AirlineApps and interview with Piedmont

We'll show you how your experience puts you on a fast path to American Airlines.

Attend a flight school to reach your 750 TT hours

We’ll look at your military experience and current hours, then pair you with a partner school where you can earn your remaining hours.
Benefits: Tuition assistance through the GI Bill and Piedmont

Begin ground school with Piedmont

Receive a signing bonus as you continue your training with us.
Benefits: $18,000 signing bonus

Become a Piedmont First Officer

Make $50/hour, and enjoy our health and retirement benefits as you earn more experience in the cockpit.
Benefits: 401(k), low-cost health insurance, competitive pay

Upgrade to Captain and flow through to American Airlines

When you upgrade to captain at 1000/121 hours and 2500 TT, you’ll be making $76/hour. You’ll also be in line to flow through to American Airlines, based on seniority.
Benefits: The fastest flow through to American in the industry

First-Class Pay & Benefits

Piedmont offers the fastest path to American Airlines, period. As a Piedmont pilot, you’ll also enjoy low-cost medical and dental insurance, 401(k) with company match, and free travel for you and your family on American Airlines. Benefits begin when you enter ground school with Piedmont.

Training Location

Our military pilots train at a convenient location in Trenton, New Jersey. After completing your training requirements, you’ll be on your way to a guaranteed job with American Airlines.

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Questions about our Military Transition 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.

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To apply for the Military Transition Program, please apply online through
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