ADMISSIONS: 661-615-5915 | MAIN LINE: 661-615-5915
Classes start March 2024. Don't miss the deadline to apply!

Piedmont Airlines

Cadet Program

Piedmont Airlines's flexible Cadet Program pays to build time. Cadets can interview with just 400 hours and earn $30,000 in bonuses as they work toward Airport Transport Pilot Certificate Training Program (ATP/R-ATP) minimums. Piedmont cadets also receive mentorship, promotional materials, and invitations to Cadet events that can set them up to become a better pilot.

Upon completion of the ATP-CTP course and exam, cadets will be placed into the next available new hire class at Piedmont, with no additional interview required. Through a seniority-based flow through program, pilots at Piedmont graduate to guaranteed jobs at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world.

Participants must have their commercial multi-engine with instrument rating to apply to the program.

Potential Pilot Career Pathway*

Cadet Program Highlights

Access To Industry Perks


Payment Of ATP-CTP Course/Test

$30,000 In Bonuses

We'd Love To Show You What CAU is All About!

Schedule a meeting with our admissions team to learn more.


Cadet Program Benefits

  • Mentorship
  • Access to industry perks: promotional materials, events, and networking
  • Payment of ATP-CTP course and test ($5,000 value)
  • Earn $30,000 in bonuses

Access to Major Airlines*

  • American Airlines


*Denotes partnership, but eligible regional pilots may also flow to other major airlines.

About Piedmont Airlines

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group, Piedmont operates nearly 400 daily departures to more than 55 cities throughout the eastern United States. With over 80 years of rich history, Piedmont has a strong tradition of safety, excellence, and customer service in the aviation industry. Piedmont Airlines employs nearly 10,000 aviation professionals and strives to secure their future with a culture of caring, compliance and communication.

Learn more at

Updated December 2022

Skip to content