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American Airlines Cadet Academy

American Airlines has partnered with CTI for an integrated flight training program that could propel you into an American Airlines cockpit. The American Airlines Cadet Academy provides a clearly defined path to becoming a professional pilot. The goal is to make flight training cost-effective, efficient, and more accessible.

Understanding Cadet Academy

Cadet Academy is not an offer of employment or a guarantee. American Airlines has committed to giving you the necessary resources to be a successful candidate for an interview at Piedmont, PSA, or Envoy. Although you’re not guaranteed a job, due to the high demand for pilots and instructors over the coming decades, American Airlines expects the majority of participants to become employed as flight instructors, and eventually, first officers.

How is AA’s Cadet Academy Different?

Cadet Academy was designed to be turn-key. All the variables such as ground school, flight certification and ratings, and all required materials are covered by your tuition. There are no additional expenses. American Airlines gives each cadet a mentor who currently flies for AA to help ensure success. In addition, American Airlines has partnered with Discover Student Loans to create custom career loans designed to entirely fund training.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be 21 years old by the completion of the approximately three-year program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be able to obtain a valid FAA physical (first-class medical).
  • Be able to obtain a valid passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Pass a background check.

How Long Does the Training Take?

Training will take up to 18 months, followed by 24 months of experience building, after which you’ll be qualified to begin the interview process. There is no application fee. Classes begin each month. Your start date is dependent on current class availability. 

Where Can I Start Training?

Our CTI campuses in Tennessee and Florida are great places to get started if you’re looking to complete cadet training on the East side of the country. We can provide you with room and board during your training if you need it. The repayment period for the loan can be delayed up to 42 months, and the total repayment period is 20 years. Call or stop by our campus and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the American Airlines Cadet Training program. See you soon!

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