Newsroom – American Airlines Cadet Academy announces new partnership with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is America’s premier college affiliate for its Cadet Academy.

  • Spartan College has been training flight pilots and technicians since 1928.
  • Cadets can earn their FAA certifications and ratings and their Associate of Applied Science degree at the same time.
  • Cadets graduating from Spartan qualify for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate at 1,250 flight hours.

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announce a new partnership expanding the American Airlines Cadet Academy for aspiring pilots. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Spartan is the first college affiliate of Cadet Academy to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Flight and is expanding its training network to five campuses.

“The American Airlines Cadet Academy was designed to overcome all of the obstacles associated with a traditional flight training path,” said Christina Flores, American Airlines’ managing director of aviation recruiting and programs. “We are excited to offer a new path that includes building flight time and working towards a college degree with support from mentorship and financial support.”

Through this new partnership with Spartan College, American Airlines cadets will have the opportunity to earn their FAA certifications and credentials, as well as their Associate of Applied Science degree. The Aviation Flight program at Spartan College can be completed in as little as 17 months with reduced ATP hours, housing options and financial aid for those who qualify. Certified flight instructors can also continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from Spartan.

“Spartan is well known for providing a broad base of access to aspiring pilots from all walks of life and for the high standards of our flight training,” said Rob Polston, Chief Executive Officer at Spartan College. “We are committed to working with American Airlines to train a number of new pilots to meet their needs for years to come. We are honored to partner with one of the world’s leading airlines and educate the next generation of pilots at their innovative Cadet Academy.”

Since its launch in 2018, nearly 700 cadets have entered Cadet Academy, and more than 100 have already graduated from the program.

The American Airlines Cadet Academy has a unique financial partnership dedicated to supporting cadets who enroll in the program. The goal is to remove the financial barriers that prospective pilots face and to support the growth of the pilot population, while also creating greater diversity between future and current pilot ranks.

Students enrolled at Cadet Academy are matched with an American Airlines pilot mentor to guide them through the journey. Qualified cadets also have access to American Airlines Federal Credit Union’s cadet loan program for financial assistance toward tuition costs. Upon completion of the required flying hours, American’s three wholly owned regional airlines (Envoy, Piedmont and PSA) offer graduates an interview. When hired by one of these regional airlines, cadets are well on their way to working for American Airlines.

American Airlines Cadet Academy and Spartan College are now enrolling. To learn more about pilot training and getting started visit: AA Cadet Academy or American Airlines Cadet Academy at Spartan College – Spartan College.

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About Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
Founded in 1928, the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has trained over 100,000 pilots and technicians. Spartan students came from across the United States and from over 40 countries. The Tulsa campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and licensed by the OBPVS. For consumer information, visit


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