A Career Path from Private Pilot to Airline Pilot.

PSA is one of the first regional airlines to launch its Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom to the cockpit. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline under the American Eagle brand and with a quick upgrade time and a true pilot-flow-through agreement to American Airlines, your career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start here.

Available at select universities, colleges and flight academies.



Program Overview

  • Your eligibility begins once you complete your Private Pilot Certificate.
  • Successfully complete an interview with PSA to become a Cadet in the program.
    • Cadets are offered numerous opportunities, including mentorship with airline industry experts and internships.
  • Upon completion of your CFI, you are eligible to become a Cadet Instructor which allows you to receive:
    • Up to $5,000 in partial tuition reimbursement paid to you as you build time.
    • Cadet Instructor placement, if required, to any one of PSA’s partner universities, colleges and flight academies.
    • At select partner schools, employee benefits including:
      • Travel privileges for you and your family on the entire American Airlines Group network.
      • Comprehensive health and dental and coverage.
      • 401k retirement with company matching contributions.
      • Paid vacation and sick time accrual.

  • ATP-CTP Course paid upon reaching ATP/R-ATP minimum flight experience requirements.
    • PSA will pay for the ATP-CTP course (valued at $5,000) for qualified candidates needing to complete the ATP written exam prior to new hire training.
      • Hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the ATP-CTP course will be provided.
    • Get placed into the next available class at PSA upon reaching minimums, no additional interview required.
      • Receive an additional $11,520 tuition reimbursement paid in full on the first day of new hire First Officer class.
  • Flow-through to American Airlines with no additional interview, once completing requirements at PSA.
    • New hires at PSA are projected to flow to American Airlines after only 6 years.

Cadet Levels

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Cadet Instructor Tuition Reimbursement

Upon reaching the Cadet Instructor level and signing a one-year agreement with PSA, you will be eligible for tuition reimbursement. The reimbursement disbursements are contingent upon reaching Total Flight Time Thresholds appropriate to with payments made proportionally per each 100-hour increment until you reach your Airline Transport Certification minimum requirements. The total of all disbursements will not exceed $5,000. See the disbursement schedule below:

Additional Reimbursement Upon Employment

After completion of the PSA-sponsored ATP-CTP written exam, you are placed into the next available new hire First Officer training class. On the first day of class, an additional $11,520 paid in full or in equal installments.

Instructor Tuition Reimb.

Let Your Career Takeoff at PSA

PSA along with American Airlines hosts one-of-a-kind career events in conjunction with American Airlines.

For more information

Apply: If you attend one of our partner schools listed, you can apply online.

Contact Information To learn more about our Cadet program, please contact cadetinfo@psaairlines.com.

Cadet Program Partner Universities If you would like your school to partner with PSA, please contact cadetinfo@psaairlines.com.

Our Partner Schools:

  • Aerosim Flight Academy
  • Averett University
  • Central Washington University
  • Cochise College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona
  • Letourneau University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • Purdue University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Triad Aviation Academy
  • University of Dubuque
  • Westminster College
  • University of North Dakota

Join PSA’s Cadet family!

Apply today to start your career in commercial aviation with PSA.