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Pilot Cadet Program

Pilot Cadet Program

locationCharlotte, NC, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

About Us

Company Summary: As a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines and the fastest growing regional airline in the country, PSA offers a stable career path in aviation with unparalleled opportunities for growth and professional development. Teamwork and drive are at the heart of PSA. We are committed to growing our company where passion is shared, professional excellence is expected, and all people are valued and respected.

Our employees are committed to ensuring safe and reliable operations for the thousands of customers American trusts us with each and every day. We have an incredible team of more than 4,000 employees who do a tremendous job of operating more than 800 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations on behalf of American Airlines. Our immense growth provides a number of opportunities to join our team.

Culture: Not only is PSA an EEO and AAP employer, but also we seek to create an inclusive work environment where diverse perspectives and experiences are embraced and respected. We work hard to build and sustain a culture where people – team members and customers alike – feel safe, secure and happy. It is The PSA Way, which focuses on our goals, safety, respect, preparedness, professional excellence, and passion. This foundation reflects how we think, act, and communicate with one another and our customers.

Benefits Summary

PSA offers the benefits you expect from a company focused on excellence. All eligible employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Travel privileges on the American Airlines global network
  • A generous vacation plan designed to let you enjoy your travel perks
  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • 401k with company match
  • American Airlines Group (AAG) profit-sharing and bonus opportunities
  • Company-paid Group Life and AD&D Insurance, Short and Long-term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan (FSA), and supplementary options


Program Overview

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 in the country and with the fastest upgrade time in the industry and a true pilot-flow-through agreement to American, your career as a mainline pilot can start here.

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 Senior Cadet Interview, you are eligible for tuition reimbursement paid to you as follows:

  • $5,000 after the Senior Cadet Interview
  • $5,000 at the completion of the next rating or license (usually multi or CFI)
  • $5,000 at time building (when they are within 500 hours of ATP minimums)
  • Total: $15,000

Upon hire, you are also eligible for a new hire bonus paid as follows:

  • $10,000 after successful completion of IOE
  • $5,000 at the completion of one year since date of hire
  • Total: $15,000

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.

Flow-through to American Airlines with no additional interview, once completing requirements at PSA.

Interview Process

Interview process is broken down into 3 sections:

  • Section 1 – HR Interview – Cadet
  • Section 2 – Technical Evaluation – Senior Cadet
  • Section 3 – Cadet Instructor Check-in and Logbook review – Cadet Instructor


  • Must have at least a private pilot certificate
  • Must be a current flight student OR CFI, actively instructing
  • No more than three check ride failures
  • No accident or incident determined by the NTSB to be negligent on behalf of the pilot/aviator.
  • Ability to obtain a First Class Medical
  • Ability to obtain a Valid Passport
  • Ability to obtain FCC Restricted Radio Operator’s Permit
  • Must be able to meet the necessary hours and qualification under the ATP requirements or the restricted ATP requirements
  • Cadets eligible for a R-ATP (1000 or 1250 hours), must have no more than 700 hours
  • Cadets requiring ATP (1500 hours), must have no more than 1000 hours
  • If hired, must be able to demonstrate that you are authorized to work in the US.
  • Must be able to speak, read and write in English

Position Specifics


To be successful at PSA, you should be:

  • Driven
  • Reliable
  • Caring
  • Engaging Communicator
  • Decisive
  • Results Driven

Additional Information

Work Environment: This job operates inside a climate controlled building. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, telephones, photocopiers, facsimile machines and filing cabinets.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This is largely a sedentary role; however, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb up and down stairs; lift weight up to 25 lbs; use hands to handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Security Clearance: All employees are required to pass the fingerprint-based criminal history records check (CHRC) per 49CFR1542.209.

AAP/EEO Statement: PSA Airlines is an equal opportunity employer; qualified applicants are considered for and treated during employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designated to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.