LeTourneau University is partnering with PSA Airlines, the fastest-growing regional airline in the country, as it launches an industry-leading cadet program to help future pilots make a smooth transition from classrooms to cockpit. The new program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,000 in tuition reimbursement.
Mentorships and internships with airline industry experts can begin as early as a Cadet’s freshman year. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program.
“We are pleased to partner with PSA Airlines to ensure our students have a clear career path into the cockpits of regional airlines, like PSA, then to the largest airline in the world, American Airlines,” said LETU Dean of the School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science Fred Ritchey. “LETU educates some of the most promising future pilots, so this partnership is a win-win for our students and the airlines.”
LETU Director of Flight Operations said LETU has been selected previously to partner with other airlines, including Envoy (formerly known as American Eagle), SkyWest and ExpressJet.
“We are honored to be hand selected as one of the first to join the outstanding new Pilot Cadet Program offered by PSA Airlines,” she said. “This program has amazing benefits for our professional flight students.”
Through this program, the engagement with students as early as their freshmen years allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. With a fast upgrade time and a true pilot flow through agreement to American Airlines, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.
Also as Cadets achieve more certifications, they become eligible for tuition reimbursement, placement at partner schools to serve as instructors so they can build their flight time, and at select partner schools, other benefits including employee travel privileges. Cadets will be placed into the FAA-required Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP) course, at no cost to them, after reaching the necessary number of flight hours. Upon successful completion of the course, they can quickly start their First Officer New Hire Class at PSA.
PSA has flight crew bases located in Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; and Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2013, PSA has doubled its size and will grow to operate 150 Bombardier CRJ aircraft by the end of 2017. PSA is known for its outstanding safety and training culture. Working for PSA affords pilots a family atmosphere and the best quality of life with the most flexible pilot scheduling in the industry. For more information on PSA’s cadet program and application requirements please visit http://www.psaairlines.com/careers/cadet-program/.
About PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines operates an all-jet fleet consisting of exclusively Bombardier regional jet aircraft. The company’s more than 2,400 employees operate nearly 600 daily flights to nearly 90 destinations. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, PSA also has flight crew bases located in Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina. PSA has maintenance facilities in Dayton and Canton, Ohio and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport and Charlotte, North Carolina. As of year-end 2015, PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft, 26 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft and 36 Bombardier CRJ 900 NextGen aircraft. The airline expects to add an additional 35 Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft and 18 Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft to its fleet in the next two years, Tripling its fleet size and employee base since the airline’s growth plan was announced in December 2013.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
About LeTourneau University:
LeTourneau University is a comprehensive institution of Christ-centered higher education where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in aviation, arts & sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing, psychology and theology. Around 1,300 students study at LETU’s main campus in Longview, Texas. LETU also offers a robust suite of online programs, as well as hybrid programs in Dallas and Houston. Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life's work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.