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PSA Airlines

Cadet Program

Your aviation career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world, American Airlines, can start with PSA’s Cadet Program. Open to all colleges, universities, and flight schools, PSA cadets can expect industry-leading first-year pay, mentorship from airline industry experts, career-boosting opportunities, and much more.

Eligible cadets can enjoy a $30,000 Cadet Package inclusive of training and tuition assistance, including the First Officer Sign-On bonus. Plus, cadets are guaranteed flow through to American Airlines in five years.

Pilot students must have their private pilot certificate to apply to the program.

Potential Pilot Career Pathway*

Cadet Program Highlights

Industry-Leading Pay


$30,000 Cadet Package

Flow to AA

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Cadet Program Benefits

  • Industry-leading first-year pay
  • Mentorship
  • Quick upgrade to captain
  • Guaranteed flow to American in 5 years
  • $30,000 Cadet Package, including training, tuition assistance, and sign-on bonus

Access to Major Airlines*

  • American Airlines


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

About PSA Airlines

PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. PSA has an incredible team of more than 5,000 employees who do a tremendous job of operating more
than 800 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations on behalf of American Airlines. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Ohio, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Learn more at https://psaairlines.com/cadets.

Updated December 2022

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