Piedmont Cadet Program
Enrolling in our Professional Pilot Program or Airline Pilot Track will provide you with the opportunity to apply to become a Piedmont cadet. Piedmont pilots have a guaranteed flow to American Airlines!
Piedmont Airlines’ Cadet Program is designed to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from instructor to mainline pilot.
Through a seniority-based flow through program, pilots at Piedmont graduate to guaranteed jobs at American Airlines, the largest airline in the world, from flying the youngest fleet among the US legacy carriers. Benefits include:
- $5,000 in partial tuition reimbursement paid to you as you build time
- Cadet instructor placement, if required, at a partner university, college and flight academy
- Compensation totals $16,200
From Piedmont to American Airlines
Take advantage of Piedmont's tuition reimbursement program and their guaranteed flow to American Airlines! Find out how you can go from no flight experience to flying at American Airlines via Piedmont:
Step 1 - Enroll at L3Harris
The first step in your journey to becoming an airline pilot is to enroll in our Professional Pilot Program or Airline Pilot Track. Both of these programs include accredited curriculum and airline oriented training that can take you from no experience to becoming a Certified Flight Instructor in as little as 15 months!
Step 2 - Become a Piedmont Cadet
The next step is to apply to the Piedmont Cadet Program. You become eligible after earning your Flight Instructor Certificate. If accepted, you will be able to earn tuition reimbursement of $5,000!
Step 3 - Build your experience
Those that complete our Professional Pilot Program or Airline Pilot Track are guaranteed an interview to flight instruct at L3Harris in Florida. Our Instructors fly an average of 100 hours per month and 96% of our cadets who stay at L3Harris to instruct are placed at an airline!
Step 4 - Become an airline pilot
After reaching the FAA mandated 1500 hours of flight time, you will be eligible to earn your Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. As a Piedmont First Officer, you will receive $50 per hour and an $18,000 signing bonus.
Step 5 - Fly at American Airlines
In about five years, Piedmont pilots can make the jump to the world’s largest airline, American, all while taking home the industry-leading pay rate for First Officers! The major airlines await!Pilot training programs
Our Flight Academy is equipped to start your career as a pilot, whether you’re just leaving school or later in life. L3Harris help people reach their dreams.