OU Aviation Students Gain New Pathway to Careers as Pilots


OU Aviation Students Gain New Pathway to Careers as Pilots

The University of Oklahoma continues to offer Aviation students some of the best professional opportunities in the nation, announcing a new partnership with PSA Airlines that gives OU pilot students a pathway to employment through their Pilot Cadet Program.

The program offers Aviation students in the professional pilot and aviation management-flying concentrations the opportunity to interview with a regional carrier that operates throughout the Midwest and eastern United States as part of the American Airlines travel network. Cadets receive financial assistance, mentorship and a direct flow to positions within American Airlines once they are ready to transition into their careers as pilots.

“We are excited to add PSA Airlines to the list of partnerships we have in commercial aviation, giving our pilot students another pathway for accomplishing their career goals,” said OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies Director Ken Carson.

“We are excited to add PSA Airlines to the list of partnerships we have in commercial aviation, giving our pilot students another pathway for accomplishing their career goals,” said OU Extended Campus School of Aviation Studies Director Ken Carson. “The University of Oklahoma is committed to helping train the best pilots, controllers and aviation management personnel for aviation industry needs, and the PSA Pilot Cadet Program agreement supports those objectives. Our nation has several outstanding regional airline carriers, and PSA continues to be a top regional airline and an outstanding choice for our graduates.”

Students interested in the PSA Pilot Cadet Program can interview with the airline after obtaining their first flight credential, a private pilot certificate. Once accepted into the program, students can earn tuition reimbursement following the completion of their certified flight instructor certificate and 500 hours of total flight time.

The program provides a $1,000 incentive for every 100 hours achieved thereafter until the required airline transport pilot minimums are completed. Once certified flight instructors attain these minimums, they will begin first officer training with PSA Airlines and have the opportunity to receive additional financial incentives. A flow to American Airlines can be achieved in about six to seven years.

“PSA is excited to partner with our 21st school,” said Krystal McCoy, PSA manager of pilot recruiting. “We look to engage with the best collegiate aviation programs in the nation and OU Aviation is certainly one of them. This partnership will provide students with the option to pursue their 121 careers at PSA Airlines. We look forward to establishing a great presence with OU.”

OU also has partnerships with Envoy Airlines that assist professional pilot students with securing employment after graduation. To learn more about the professional pilot bachelor's degree option at the University of Oklahoma, contact OU Aviation Advising at (405) 325-6033 or visit pacs.ou.edu/aviation.

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