PSA added two new cadet partner schools to their program this month bringing their number of partnerships to 16 and growing. The addition of their newly launched Rotor Transition Program offers military pilots the chance for a seamless transition into commercial aviation.
PSA Airlines has signed partnership agreements with two more schools as it makes a bid to hire 1,000 people in short order.The airline announced Thursday partnerships with Purdue University, as well as Liberty University, aimed at helping their students come aboard as pilots. As the fastest-growing regional and a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, PSA is on track to see both its fleet and workforce triple. The Cadet Program at PSA Airlines, allows pilots from partner schools who accept employment from PSA to receive a $16,520 signing bonus.
“Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program,” PSA said in a statement. “Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots.”
Officials from PSA Airlines and Liberty University signed the PSA Airlines Cadet Program agreement and officially welcomed Liberty University as a Cadet Program partner on May 3, 2017.
PSA Airlines is among the first regional carriers to launch an industry-leading Cadet Program to help the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit. The program offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves, including up to $16,520 in tuition reimbursement. PSA has partnerships with 15 schools and expects that list to continue to grow. Pledging mentorship helps ensure the Cadets are successful along the way, including when they go through the PSA training program. Through this program, the engagement with students early on allows PSA to mentor and guide the next generation of its pilots. The Cadet Program initiative is just one other way
PSA Airlines offers the most comprehensive benefits to its pilots. PSA Airlines is the fastest-growing regional airline in the country with industry leading first-year pay, and with a true pilot flow through agreement to American Airlines, a career as a mainline pilot for the largest airline in the world can start with this program.
PSA recently launched its RTP program and announced its partnership with Skywarrior Inc. to bring former military helicopter pilots into commercial aviation to fly its aircraft. Many military pilots have the 750 hours of flight time required for a Restricted-Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certification to pilot a commercial aircraft. But, many of these pilots are short on the requirement for 250 hours in command of a fixed wing aircraft, as well as a 25-hour requirement to fly a multi-engine aircraft.
PSA President Dion Flannery said this program would be a creative solution to help it bring in new talent as it seeks to hire another 1,000 employees, many of them pilots.