Airline Pilot Program PSA Airlines

Hiring Requirements for PSA Airlines

Airline Type: U.S. Regional

Pilots: 1916

Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200; Bombardier CRJ700; Bombardier CRJ900

Headquarters: Dayton, Ohio

Bases: Charlotte, NC (CLT); Dayton, OH (DAY); Cincinnati, OH (CVG); Knoxville, TN (TYS); Washington, DC (DCA), Norfolk, VA (ORF); Philadelphia, PA (PHL)

Origin: Founded in 1980 as Vee Neal Airlines, PSA Airlines now operates on behalf of American Airlines as American Eagle with service to over 100 locations in North America.

Homepage: PSA Airlines

Cadet Program

Student pilots accepted to the Cadet Program receive the following benefits from PSA Airlines:

  • Up to $5,000 tuition reimbursement
  • Airline pilot career mentorship and support
  • Additional $13,000 new hire bonus
  • Guaranteed acceptance to American Airlines flow program
  • Limited flight benefits
  • Pilot referral bonuses
  • Secured spot in First Officer training class once minimum requirements are met
  • Signing bonus distributed after being hired as a First Officer

Cadet Qualifications:

  • Currently attending at a PSA approved partner flight school
  • FAA Private Pilot license
  • Successful HR interview

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

Senior Cadet Qualifications:

  • Currently attending PSA approved partner flight school
  • FAA Commercial Single-Engine and Multi-Engine
  • Successful completion of full interview, including technical section

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:

  • Currently attending at a PSA approved partner flight school
  • FAA Instrument rating and Commercial license
  • Pass Captain Review Board
  • Sign letter of commitment

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: $50.22 per flight hour

First Officer Signing Bonus: $18,000 ($10,000 paid after training; $8,000 paid after first year)

Pilot Referral Bonuses: $5,000 (per successful referral)

American Airlines Flow Program

PSA Airlines pilots in the American Airlines Flow Program secure an American Airlines First Officer position without an interview in an average of 6 years.

Our flight school provides the training you need to get started for a career with PSA Airlines. 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.