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This program is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in the United States

This program is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in the United States

Program type
Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Instrument Rating (IR)

Commercial Pilot License-Multi Engine (CPL-ME)

Single Engine add-on (SE-add on)

Certified Flight Instructor rating (CFI)

Certified Flight Instrument Instructor rating (CFII)

Optional: advanced Upset Prevention course

ATP CTP & ATP written exam

Remedial Training


CAE is proud to be one of the partner schools providing training for the American Airlines Cadet Academy, first-of-its-kind full-time program designed to help future aviators receive the training, financing and mentoring opportunities they need to fly for the world’s largest airline.

Course Outline

Part 141 approved Course (includes all FAA flight checks)

  • 274 hours FAA Ground School (PPL, IR, CPL/ME)
  • 148 hours Single Engine aircraft trainer (G1000 cockpit)
  • 32 hours Multi-Engine aircraft trainer (G1000 cockpit)
  • 33.2 hours Flight Training Device

This course is up to 56 weeks in duration

Investment & Financing
American Airlines Cadet Academy - Commercial Pilot License (CPL) USD $99,500

What’s included?

  • The full FAA ground school program (PPL, IR, CPL)
  • Flight training, landing fees and fuel
  • Uniform and flight case
  • Course materials, equipment and required charts and manuals
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) (Aviobook platform)
  • FAA flight and written examinations – first attempt only

Program add-ons (optional)

  • Accommodation in Phoenix          USD $11,760
  • Weekly stipend for 56 weeks        USD $5,600

Program add-ons are based on the Full Training Program. Please contact CAE for quotations on a customized Training Program.


The American Airlines Cadet Academy has financing options available. Please contact the American Airlines Cadet Academy for details.

For information on CAE’s financing options, please click here

Assessment & Selection

1. Complete your application on the American Airlines Portal by selecting “Apply Now” on this page
2. Applicants to complete designated assessments within the American Airline’s portal
3. Selected candidates will be invited web based interview with American Airline’s Pilot recruiting department

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Be 18 years of age to start training
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to obtain an FAA First Class Medical
  • Be able to obtain a valid passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States
  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Previous flying experience is not required
Why train in Phoenix, Arizona?
  • Phoenix has more than 350 flying days per year
  • Get familiar with complex Class B, D and E airspace in Phoenix 
  • Rent and groceries are an average of 32% cheaper than in other states such as California
  • No sales tax on flight training in Arizona
  • CAE Phoenix Aviation Academy is located only 25 minutes’ drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport, offering easy access to anywhere in the US 
  • Enjoy the outdoor Arizona lifestyle including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and skiing
  • Training flights will take you to the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs, Sedona, Las Vegas, San Diego, Santa Monica and Lake Havasu
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