Airline Pilot Program Envoy Air

Hiring Requirements for Envoy Air

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 2,500

Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ700; Embraer E140; Embraer E145; Embraer E175;

Headquarters: Irving, Texas

Bases: Dallas, TX (DFW – Fort Worth); New York, NY (LGA – LaGuardia); Miami, FL (MIA); New York, NY (JFK – John F. Kennedy); Chicago, IL (ORD – O’Hare)

Origin: Envoy Air was founded in 1984 as American Eagle Airlines and then restarted in 1988 by Simmons Airlines. Envoy Air now operates on behalf of American Airlines as American Eagle with service to over 150 cities in North America.

Homepage: Envoy Air

Envoy Cadet Program

Pilots in the Envoy Cadet Program receive the following benefits from Envoy Air:

  • Up to $5,000 tuition reimbursement
  • Airline pilot career mentorship and support
  • Additional $12,000 new hire bonus
  • Limited flight benefits
  • Pilot referral bonuses
  • Secured spot in First Officer training class once minimum requirements are met
  • Access to in-house CTP course

Cadet Qualifications:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Currently attending at a Envoy Air approved partner flight school
  • FAA Private Pilot certificate

Cadets continue to build experience, working towards becoming Senior Cadets.

Senior Cadet Qualifications:

  • Current FAA Commercial pilot license; Multi-Engine rating; and Instrument rating
  • Successful HR interview, including technical elements

Senior Cadets continue to build experience, working towards becoming Cadet Instructors. As a Cadet Instructor, pilots receive the $5,000 tuition reimbursement and secure a First Officer position.

Cadet Instructor Qualifications:

  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument rating
  • Pass Captain Review Board
  • Sign one-year Envoy Air agreement
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Current FAA first class medical certificate
  • Ability to travel in and out of the United States

First Officer Hiring Requirements

  • FAA commercial pilot’s license with multi-engine and instrument ratings
  • 50 hours of multi-engine fixed-wing flight time (may be reduced to 25)
  • 200 hours cross-country flight time
  • 250 hours fixed-wing PIC
  • 100 hours of cross-country as PIC
  • 100 hours of night flying
  • 75 hours of instrument time (actual or simulated – 50 hours must be in airplanes)
  • 25 hours of night PIC
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and finish ATP written prior to start of New Hire Training
  • Total flight time minimums:
    • 1,500 hours
    • 1,250 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 30 aviation hours
    • 1,000 hours – with qualifying 2- or 4-year aviation university program with 60 aviation hours
    • 750 hours – military flight training graduates

Additionally, candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Current FAA first class medical certificate
  • Current passport
  • IFR Currency
  • FCC Radio Operator’s Permit
  • Ability to legally work in the United States
  • Ability to travel in and out of the United States

Pay Breakdown

First Officer Year One: $38 per flight hour

First Officer Signing Bonus: Up to $22,100 (paid at the start of training)

American Airlines Flow Program

Our flight school provides the training you need to get started for a career with Envoy Air. We wish you well in your commercial airline pilot career and hope you land your dream job!


Although we strive to provide the most accurate information regarding hiring requirements for commercial airlines, we encourage you to confirm the above information directly with the airline.