American Airlines Envoy Air Cadet Program

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Your career as an American Airlines pilot begins at ATP Flight School. Partnering with Envoy Air, ATP offers the Cadet Program, which is the best and fastest way to fly for American Airlines.

How to Become a Pilot with American Airlines

Steps to Become an American Airlines Pilot

Here are the steps you take to become a pilot for American Airlines:

  1. Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates & Ratings.

    Starting with zero experience, you must first earn an FAA commercial multi-engine pilot certificate and instrument rating. The Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient and proven way to earn the certification you need to become an airline pilot, which will take you just 9 months.

  2. Step 2: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

    Earn 1,500 hours of flight experience as an instructor with ATP. Successful graduates of the Airline Career Pilot Program are guaranteed a Certificated Flight Instructor job with ATP.

  3. Step 3: Interview & Enroll in the Cadet Program

    When you're a flight instructor, interview with Envoy Air for participation in the Cadet Program. This will be your first and last interview; no future interviews are required by Envoy Air or American Airlines.

    Participating in the Cadet Program as an instructor makes you an Envoy Air employee, allowing you to enjoy health and travel benefits from the airline while you gain experience. Once you reach 500 hours of flight time, you will also begin earning financial assistance.

  4. Step 4: Start Flying as a First Officer

    Once you reach 1,500 hours of flight time, complete the ATP CTP course sponsored by Envoy. Once finished, you’ll be placed into the next available new hire class at Envoy Air and begin flying as a regional airline first officer.

  5. Step 5: Upgrade to Airline Captain

    After approximately two years flying as first officer, upgrade to captain with Envoy Air.

  6. Step 6: Start as a Pilot with American Airlines

    Next, you will have the opportunity to become a pilot with American Airlines. An agreement between Envoy Air and American Airlines allows you to flow-through to the major airline in just over five years, with no additional interview required..

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