American Airlines has unveiled a program designed to help future aviators receive
the training, financing and mentoring opportunities they need to
fly for the world’s largest airline.
The American Airlines
Cadet Academy will provide an opportunity for future pilots to
become first officers at one of American’s three wholly owned
regional carriers and eventually fly larger aircraft at American.
Once selected, cadets will choose to train at one of American’s
partner flight schools in several locations in the U.S. while
having the option to work with Discover Student Loans to apply for
a loan up to the total cost of the program, including room and
“We are thrilled to introduce this innovative program
that we believe can change the airline industry and provide
aspiring pilots with a life changing opportunity,” said Capt.
Kimball Stone, American’s vice president – Flight. “The lack of
financing options has restricted the size of the pilot pool,
leaving some of the most talented people out of the running. By
removing this roadblock from the student experience, we will
attract a diverse group of professional aviators to American for
years to come.”
Once selected, cadets will train for up to 18
months with one of American’s three flight school partners:
American Flyers in Dallas, TX and Pompano Beach, FL; Crew Training
International (CTI) in Memphis, TN; and CAE in Phoenix, AZ.
“Discover Student Loans understands the global demand for future
pilots, which is why we’re committed to making the financing
process for the American Airlines Cadet Academy simple and easy to
understand,” said John Vidovich, Vice President of Business
Development for Discover Student Loans. “Our financing program can
be used to pay for all aspects of the training program from start
to finish, which helps eliminate any surprise costs so students
can focus on becoming professional pilots.”
program from Discover Student Loans will provide cadets with
variable and fixed interest rate private student loans
with zero fees and deferred payments for up to three and a half
years, while the cadet completes the program in preparation for
prospective employment with Envoy, Piedmont or PSA.