Students learn direct path for aviation career, presented by American Airlines

According to American Airlines and aviation industry reports, in the next 20 years there will be a shortage of airline pilots and mechanics. In fact the reports expect the hiring of 120,000 more pilots and 6,500 mechanics.

“We see this as a huge opportunity for our students who are interested in becoming an airline pilot,” said Aviation Director and Instructor Rob Ewing. “If they can identify what their passionate about now and know what their end goal is, they are able to create a strategic path to get there. American Airlines is offering a direct path to get them there. It’s just one of the many options our aviation-minded students have.”

During October over 60 aviation-minded Admiral Farragut Academy students in sixth grade and up attended a presentation to learn about American Airlines’ new program called Cadet Academy, which is a carefully choreographed flight training track where participants learn the skills to become a safe and competent aviator.

According to their website, “Prospective pilots with little or no flight experience can now begin their career track without the complexity and uncertainty traditionally associated with flight training. In the American Airlines Cadet Academy, you will train with one of our carefully selected flight schools and be paired with an American Airlines pilot mentor to walk with you through the program. We have a dedicated program lender, Discover® Student Loans, so the financial aspect of training is simplified. Most importantly, upon program completion, AA’s three wholly owned regional carriers (Envoy, PSA, and Piedmont) will offer you a guaranteed interview. If hired by one of these regional airlines, you are well on your way to working at American Airlines. American Airlines has contractual flow-through agreements with each of these carriers, which means you will transfer directly to American Airlines, once your seniority accrues. If your ultimate goal is to be an American Airlines pilot, the American Airlines Cadet Academy is a great place to start.”

There are some eligibility requirements such as being legally eligible to work in the United States, being able to obtain a valid passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States (an important consideration for our international students), being 21 years old by the completion of the approximately three year program, being able to obtain an FAA Physical (first class medical), and more.

Learn more at or visit Mr. Ewing in the aviation classroom.

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