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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
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

CAE is proud to be one of the partner schools providing training for the American Airlines Cadet Academy, first-of-its-kind 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) – total 203 hours.

  • 165 hours FAA Ground School (PPL, IR, CPL/ME)
  • 150 hours Single Engine aircraft trainer (G1000 cockpit)
  • 28.5 hours Multi-Engine aircraft trainer (G1000 cockpit)
  • 24.5 hours Flight Training Device

Single Engine Add on – total 8 hours

  • 8 hours Single Engine aircraft trainer (G1000 cockpit)

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) & Certified Instrument Instructor Course (CFII) – total 18.5 hours

  • 120 hours FAA Ground School (CFI/CFII)
  • 10.5 hours CFI training (including 1.5-hour UPRT)
  • 8 hours CFII training
American Airlines Cadet Academy - Commercial Pilot License (CPL) USD $89,165

What’s included?

  • The full FAA ground school program (PPL, IR, CPL, ME, SE Add on, CFI, CFII)
  • Flight training, landing fees and fuel necessary
  • Uniform and flight case
  • Course materials, equipment and required charts and manuals, including an iPad (for use during the course only)
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) (Aviobook platform)
  • FAA flight and written examinations – first attempt only

Program add-ons

  • Accommodation in Phoenix          USD $3,850
  • Weekly stipend for 45 weeks        USD $4,500
Assessment & Selection

1. Submit an application – application will include an online assessment and essay questions
2. Top applicants will be asked to submit a video interview
3. Selected candidates will be invited by American Airlines to Dallas for further testing and face-to-face interviews

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be 21 years old by the completion of the approximately three year program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (college degree preferred).
  • 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.
  • Pass a background check.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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