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University & Commercial Flight Schools

Earn money while you build your flight hours.

Envoy’s Cadet Program is designed to help the most promising university and commercial flight school student pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom to the regional cockpit.

Envoy will place you as a paid Flight Instructor at one of our numerous affiliate programs, offer you $5,000 in financial assistance and provide you with all the benefits of being an Envoy employee. Benefits will include travel privileges for you and your immediate family on American Airlines flights; comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage; 401(k) retirement with company match contributions; American Airlines Group profit sharing; and paid vacation and sick time accrual.

Once you begin training as an Envoy First Officer, you will earn a signing bonus of up to $17,100.

Cadet Instructor Payout Schedule:

Upon reaching the Cadet Instructor level and signing a one-year agreement with Envoy, you will be eligible for financial assistance. The disbursements are contingent upon reaching total flight time thresholds with payments made proportionally per each 100-hour increment until you reach your Airline Transport Certification minimum requirements. The total of all disbursements will not exceed $5,000. See the disbursement schedule below:


Cadet Instructor Tuition Assistance Schedule
Total Flight Time Threshold Reached Cadets Qualified for ATP at 1,500 Total Time Cadets Qualified for Restricted ATP at 1,250 Total Time (61.160c/d) Cadets Qualified for Restricted ATP at 1,000 Total Time (61.160b)
500 $500 $625 $1,000
600 $500 $625 $1,000
700 $500 $625 $1,000
800 $500 $625 $1,000
900 $500 $625 $1,000
1,000 $500 $625 Employment with Envoy
1,100 $500 $625
1,200 $500 $625
1,300 $500 Employment with Envoy
1,400 $500
1,500 Employment with Envoy
Total Cadet Instructor Reimbursement $5,000 $5,000 $5,000


Cadet Program Levels:

Pilots accepted into the Cadet Program will receive various levels of support as their certifications, training, and experience grow.


Qualifications Requirements Benefits
Cadet Private Pilot Certificate Be enrolled in a partner school and successfully complete an HR interview Mentorships, internships and promotional materials
Senior Cadet Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multiengine and Instrument Airplane Ratings Successfully complete the entire interview process (HR and Tech) Mentorships, internships  and promotional materials
Cadet Instructor Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with Instrument Airplane Ratings Pass the Captain Review Board and sign a Letter of Commitment Mentorship and promo materials, up to $5,000, Instructor Placement Program


Additional Details:

  • Upon reaching ATP/R-ATP minimum flight experience requirements, Envoy will pay for the ATP/CTP course (valued at $5,000) for qualified candidates needing to complete the ATP written exam prior to new hire training. Hotel accommodations and ground transportation during the ATP/CTP course will be provided.
  • Cadets successfully completing the ATP-CTP course and written exam will be placed into the next available new hire class at Envoy upon reaching minimums, with no additional interview required. An additional signing bonus of up to $17,100 will be paid on the first day of new-hire First Officer class.

Pipeline University/Flight Schools:

Advanced Air*

Aerosim Flight Academy*

American Flyers*

Arizona State University

Auburn University

Baylor University

Coast Flight Training*

Cochise College*

Cornerstone Aviation Flight Schools*

Embry-Riddle Aero University – Daytona

Embry-Riddle Aero University – Prescott

Heritage Flight Academy*

Inter-American University – Puerto Rico*

Jacksonville University

Kent State*

LeTourneau University*

Liberty University*

Louisiana Tech University

McAir Aviation*

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Minnesota State University

Northwestern Michigan College

Oklahoma State University*

Pinnacle Aviation Academy*

Purdue University

SAA International*

Saint Louis University – Park’s College

San Diego Christian College

SkyWarrior Flight School*

Southeastern Oklahoma State*

Spartan College

Texas State Technical College


Tulsa Community College

U.S. Aviation Academy*

University of Central Missouri*

University of Dubuque*

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of North Dakota

University of Oklahoma*

Utah State University*

Western Michigan University*

Westminster College*

* Envoy can employ Pipeline Instructors at these schools.

For more information, please contact Envoy Pilot Recruitment at (972) 374-5607 or email EnvoyPilotRecruitment@aa.com.