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Rotor Transition Program

Rotor Transition Program
We realize the unique skill set and flight leadership that you as a military pilot bring. We appreciate your sacrifice and thank you for your service. Let us help you transition.
A graduate of the RTP program

You Deserve the PSA Difference

The most valuable and stable career path in commercial aviation.

As a PSA pilot, you’ll be part of a growing, close-knit, passionate team flying exclusively for American Airlines. You’ll receive up to $23,000 to help with your transition, unparalleled advancement opportunities and benefits few other regionals can match.

  • $55,000 first-year pay for new-hires
  • Over $16,000 in sign-on bonuses paid immediately
  • $20,000 retention bonus after one year
  • Quick upgrade to captain
  • Little to no reserve time and flexible scheduling options
  • Career-boosting opportunities including chief pilot or check airman
  • Guaranteed flow through to American Airlines 6-7 years

The Interview and Hiring Process

You’ll be on a direct career path from PSA to American Airlines starting your first day. Done at your own pace, this innovative program is both flexible and affordable.

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1. Submit your application and interview

We’ll review and contact you with a specific training plan and the cost associated through our partner school, SkyWarrior.

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2. Get paid

We’ll provide up to $23,000 toward your transition training and help you apply your VA benefit.

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3. Complete your hours

After you complete your flight hours and receive your Multi Engine Rating, we’ll fly you to our company headquarters in Dayton, OH to complete our ATP-CTP. Lodging included.

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4. Become a first officer

After your ATP-CTP course, you can now start 13 weeks of ground school.

A portrait of Robert Isom, President of American Airlines

This is the start of a career you can be proud of from day one.

Robert Isom, President of American Airlines
Laughing pilot in the cockpit

Benefits

  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)
  • Travel privileges for you, your family and friends on American Airlines
  • American Airlines Group (AAG) profit sharing
  • Free subscription to Coradine LogTen Pro X pilot logbook for up to 12 months

Crew Bases

CLT
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Professional sports teams and NASCAR
  • World-class museums
  • Easy flights from most of the east coast
DAY
Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
  • Birthplace of aviation
  • Home of USAF Museum 
  • Thriving arts community and diverse culture 
  • Metro parks offering, biking, kayaking and camping
CVG
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Two major sports teams
  • Amusement parks
  • Largest Oktoberfest in the U.S.
TYS
Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
  • College sports town
  • Outdoor lifestyle
DCA
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
  • Nation’s Capital
  • Museums rich in history and political significance
ORF
Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
  • Located minutes from Virginia Beach
  • Home of the world’s largest naval station
  • Thriving arts community and diverse culture
PHL
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • City rich in history and political significance
  • Home to Independence Hall
  • Birthplace of the Philly Cheese Steak
  • Professional sports teams

Check Your Qualifications

You’ve worked hard to prepare to be a first officer. See how close you are and apply.

Meet all of the qualifications?

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