American Airlines Pilot Career Job

American Airlines Envoy Air Cadet Program

The most efficient path to an American Airlines career starts at ATP.

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 Eagle and American Airlines.

Learn how pilots transition from ATP, to Envoy Air, to American Airlines.

Steps to Become an American Airlines Pilot

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Here are the steps you take to become an American Airlines pilot.

  1. Step 1: Earn Pilot Certificates

    9 Months

    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, at a fixed cost, taking just 9 months to complete.

  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: Envoy Cadet Program

    When you're a flight instructor, interview with Envoy Air for participation in the Pilot 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: Fly as Regional First Officer

    ~2 Years

    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 an American Eagle regional airline first officer.

  5. Step 5: Upgrade to Captain

    ~4 Years

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

  6. Step 6: Fly for American Airlines

    ~7 Years

    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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American Airlines Hiring Minimums & Qualifications

Required prerequisites and minimum qualifications for enrollment in the Envoy Cadet Program's path to becoming a pilot for American Airlines:

  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certification with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • IFR Currency
  • FCC License
  • Ability to work in the U.S.
  • Ability to travel into and out of the U.S. and to all cities/countries served by Envoy

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate, you will meet the certification requirements in just nine months starting with zero experience. With guaranteed flight instructor job, you can meet the airline minimum hiring requirements of 1,500 hours of flight time in about two years.

American Airlines Pilot Minimums

Here are the minimum hiring qualifications and requirements to become an American Airlines pilot:

  • Unrestricted FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), with multi-engine rating
  • Must be at least 23 years of age
  • Current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
  • In each eye, distance vision corrected to 20/20 and near vision corrected to 20/40
  • FCC License
  • Ability to work in the U.S.
  • Pass FAA criminal background check and able to hold applicable airport security and Customs badges
  • Ability to travel into and out of the U.S. and to all cities/countries served by American Airlines

While these are just the basic hiring qualifications, the Envoy Cadet Program through ATP gives you the competitive edge, with the most efficient path to a pilot career at American Airlines.

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American Airlines Pilot Hiring & Placements

ATP Flight School has the highest ratio of airline placements to students of any other college, university, or pilot cadet academy, and has placed over 500 pilots with American Eagle (Envoy Air).