PSA Pilot Cadet Program Details

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements for students to be eligible for inclusion in the pilot cadet program include the following:

  • They must hold at least a private pilot certificate and sign a release form authorizing PSA to review their academic, aeronautical and other university and FAA records.
  • They must complete commercial, instrument, multi-engine certificates and ratings at LETU and complete LETU's Advanced Air Transport Pilot Curriculum.

Students also must be U.S. citizens or possess the legal right to work in the U.S. including the right to travel to and from the cities PSA serves. They must also successfully complete a list of tests and panel interviews.

The student will be monitored by PSA and LETU for attendance, traffic violations, FAA actions, flight training records and criminal records. Upon the successful completion of the student phase, they will be given a conditional offer of employment for a Cadet Instructor position with PSA.

Pilot Cadet Program Phases

The PSA Pilot Cadet Program includes four phases.

Phase One

LETU will recommend and PSA will interview eligible students who elect to enter the Pilot Cadet Program, where PSA and LETU will monitor their performance. Students will attend mentoring events at the academy sponsored by PSA and the university. Students will need to satisfy Pilot Cadet Student Requirements to move to the second phase.

Phase Two

In the second phase, if LETU has a certified flight instructor position open, the university shall guarantee an interview for students in the Pilot Cadet Program. Students must have completed the CFI course for the opportunity to be hired by PSA as a Pilot Cadet Instructor and placed by PSA at LETU to provide certified flight instruction services.

The candidate must be successful in meeting LETU's requirements as a certified flight instructor and maintain these requirements while providing such services to the university. If LETU does not have a CFI position available, PSA will attempt to place the candidate in a certified flight instructor position with another flight school affiliating with the Pilot Cadet Program.

Once the candidate is placed in a flight school as a certified flight instructor, PSA will enter into an employment agreement with the Pilot Cadet Instructor to be an employee of PSA, eligible for health benefits and travel privileges, and if hired by PSA as a first officer, the individual will remain in that position for one year from the start of First Officer training.

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Phase Three

In the third phase, once the Pilot Cadet Instructor completes the Federal Aviation Administration's required flight hours for commercial passenger airline pilots, if PSA is hiring first officers at that time, it will admit the instructor to PSA's First Officer training program. During the retention period the cadet may be eligible to receive an additional amount of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000).

Phase Four

The fourth phase of the agreement includes a guaranteed interview with American Airlines, which has agreed to grant interviews to all pilots hired by PSA after October 2011.