L3 Airline Academy Partners with Piedmont Airlines for Pilot Pathway Program

SANFORD, Fla. (March 28, 2014) – L3 Airline Academy , an accredited global flight school, recently partnered with Piedmont Airlines to deliver first officer pilots to the workforce via its Airline Pilot Pathway Program.

The program provides cadets with a guaranteed job interview and the appropriate pilot training for successful employment at Piedmont Airlines.

“L3 Airline Academy takes pride in its successful history of supplying the airline industry with first rate pilots. We are passionate about helping our students learn how to fly and achieve their dreams by placing them with an airline like Piedmont,” noted L3 Airline AcademyVice President and Flight Academy Executive Director Hank Coates.

In the past five years, the L3 Airline Academy has successfully placed more than 300 first officer pilots at 30 airlines and trained pilots for service in more than 15 countries including China, Taiwan, Colombia, France, Belgium, Khazakstan, and the United Kingdom.

The Piedmont Pilot Pathway Program was designed to ensure graduates meet the airlines’ hiring requirements and enjoy a long and prosperous airline career by encouraging airline preparation from day one. The program emphasizes discipline and respect, leadership and communication, effective resource management, command authority, and decision making.

The program also includes a dedicated screening and selection process followed by flight training and preparation of the cadet for Piedmont Airlines. Cadets enrolled in the Piedmont Pilot Pathway Program have the ability to meet milestone objectives, track progress, and work with L3 Airline Academy to prepare for a guaranteed job interview.

“L3 Airline Academyis vastly experienced in the airline training requirements and environment. We constantly review, improve and lean forward to develop new and innovative systems and methods of pilot training to improve safety, effectiveness, and efficiency,” Coates added.

Celebrating 25 Years of Aviation Training Excellence

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, L3 Airline Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines; Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  Today, under the name of L3 Airline Academy , the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.

L3 Airline Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy is dedicated to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and strives to turn students into successful airline pilots and exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

In its 25 years of operation, L3 Airline Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 licenses and certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.

For further information about flight training and pathways to the airlines:

About Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines, Inc. operates as a US Airways Express carrier and is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways (LCC). US Airways is the 6th largest airline in the United States. The airline was founded by Mr. Richard Henson in 1931 as Henson Flying Service, a fixed-base operator. In 1962 scheduled airline service commenced as Hagerstown Commuter. Today, Piedmont operates nearly 440 daily departures to 55 cities throughout the eastern United States and Canada. They currently operate 44 deHavilland DHC-8 turbo prop aircraft.

The corporate headquarters is located in Salisbury, Maryland which is located about one hundred miles southeast of Baltimore, Maryland. Piedmont Airlines employs nearly 4,000 aviation professionals.

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Editor’s Note: Executive interviews, onsite tours and images are available by contacting Laura E. Richeson, APR at 407.616.8108 or Laura@RichesonCommunications.com.

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