Pilots Cadets

Take to the skies with PSA. Join our Cadet Program to start your journey to the world’s largest airline, where all you need is a private pilot’s license to apply.

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Your Direct Path to American Airlines

The most lucrative and stable career path in commercial aviation

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Training and Tuition Assistance

Receive $15,000 for training and tuition assistance.

Open to All Institutions

Our Cadet Program is open to all colleges, universities and flight schools in the nation.

Industry-Leading Compensation

We offer industry-leading first-year pay for new and experienced Cadets and Pilots.

Available Mentorship

Receive mentorship from current PSA pilots throughout your time in our cadet program.

Guaranteed Direct Flow

A guaranteed direct flow to American Airlines helps foster long-term career growth and stability.

Quick Upgrade Times

Minimal reserve time and a fast track to becoming Captain, allowing Cadets career progression opportunities.

The Interview and Hiring Process

You’ll be on a direct career path from PSA to American Airlines beginning your first day. We’re here to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition into commercial aviation.


Check Your Qualifications and Apply


Complete the Interview Process


Complete ATP-CTP Course and Become First Officer


Join American Airlines

Cadet Levels


  • Qualifications: Private Pilot Certificate
  • Requirements: Successfully complete the HR interview
  • Benefits: Mentorship and promotional material

Senior Cadet

  • Qualifications: Commercial pilot license
  • Requirements: Successfully complete the entire interview process, including technical portion
  • Benefits: Mentorship and promotional material, $7,500 in tuition and training reimbursement at Senior Cadet Interview, and access to flight benefits

Cadet Instructor

  • Qualifications: Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with Instrument Airplane Rating
  • Requirements: Complete Cadet Instructor check in
  • Benefits: Mentorship, promotional material, tuition reimbursement of $7,500, and access to flight benefits