Cadet Program

Piedmont Airlines

At Piedmont Airlines, we are proud of what we do every day. Our pilots are some of the best in the industry, our safety record is unparalleled, and we offer outstanding benefits and travel privileges. From coast to coast, Piedmont employs over 10,000 aviation professionals in customer service, maintenance, and flight operations. Start here and see how far you can go. Ready to join us?


Piedmont's flexible cadet program pays you to build time. Interview with just 400 hours and earn $15,000 in bonuses as you work toward Airport Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP/R-ATP) minimums. Piedmont cadets also receive mentorship, promotional materials, and invitations to Cadet events.

From 500 Hours to Airline Pilot

The Piedmont Airlines' Cadet Program gives you the freedom to choose how you will build your hours. Flight instruct, fly for a charter company, or even tow banners. The choice is yours!

Through a seniority-based flow through program, pilots at Piedmont graduate to guaranteed jobs at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world.

Cadets receive Piedmont support as their hours, training, and experience grow.

Become a Piedmont Cadet

Facts About the Program

Piedmont offers the most flexible cadet program in the industry. Cadets may build hours any way they wish and are not locked into a partner school. Along the way, cadets have access to mentors, events, and networking that will help you become a better pilot.

Piedmont will pay for your ATP-CTP course and test (valued at $5,000), along with hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the course. Once you complete the ATP-CTP course and exam, you'll be placed into the next available new hire class at Piedmont, with no additional interview required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 400 hours total time to apply, 500 hours total time to start
  • No closer than 200 hours away from reaching ATP/Restricted ATP minimums
  • Valid United States passport or a valid passport with authorization to work in the United States
  • FCC Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate

You can find more information at: https://piedmont-airlines.com/pilots/cadet-program