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Cadets

Cadets
From classroom to cockpit, your career is waiting for you at PSA Airlines. Let us help you go from private pilot to airline pilot.
An ambitious cadet

You Deserve the PSA Difference

Your path to the most valuable and stable career in commercial aviation.

Your career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world, American Airlines, can start here. PSA cadets can expect the following.

  • Industry-leading first-year pay
  • Up to $5,000 in tuition reimbursement
  • Mentorship from airline industry experts and career-boosting opportunities
  • Receive an additional $11,520 during First Officer training
  • Minimal reserve time and a quick upgrade to captain
  • Guaranteed flow through to American Airlines in 6-7 years

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.

Cadet

1. Check your qualifications & apply now

Private pilots attending one of our cadet partner schools can submit an application.

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2. Complete the interview process

Join PSA as a cadet and continue to build your hours to become a senior cadet. Once you become a Certified Flight Instructor you’ll begin receiving tuition reimbursement.

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3. Complete ATP-CTP course and become first officer

After your ATP-CTP course, you can now start 13 weeks of ground school. You’ll receive first-year pay up of $55,000, access to generous referral bonuses, a commuter allowance and a $20,000 bonus on your one-year anniversary.

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4. Your pathway to American Airlines

Upgrade to captain in less than two years and guaranteed flow through to American within 6-7 years. “Joining the PSA team will give you the training and experience you’ll need to join American,” Robert Isom, President, American Airlines.

A portrait of Robert Isom, President of American Airlines

This is the start of a career you can be proud of from day one.

Robert Isom, President of American Airlines

Cadet Levels

Cadet

Qualifications: Private Pilot Certificate

Requirements: Successfully completed the HR interview

Benefits: Mentorship and promotional material

Senior Cadet

Qualifications: Single, Commercial, Multi-Engine Rating

Requirements: Successfully completed the entire interview process, including technical portion

Benefits: Mentorship and promotional material

Cadet Instructor

Qualifications: Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with Instrument Airplane Rating

Requirements: Pass the Captain Review Board and sign Letter of Commitment

Benefits: Mentorship, promotional material, tuition reimbursement of up to $5,000; Instructor Placement Program

Our Partner Schools

  • Aerosim Flight Academy
  • Averett University
  • Central Washington University
  • Cochise College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
  • Letourneau University
  • Liberty University
  • Middle Georgia State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Skywarrior
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Triad Aviation Academy
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of North Dakota
  • Utah Valley University
  • Westminster College
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