F9 Pilot Cadet Program

Ever Dreamed of Being a Commercial Airline Pilot?

Frontier Airlines Pilot Cadet Program will help to get you there and make you a successful commercial pilot in as little as two years with a direct pathway into a First Officer role at Frontier Airlines, home of Low Fares Done Right.
Successful applicants will be able to complete flight training at over 70 ATP Flight School locations nationwide, making it easy to find the location that works for you and your family. No prior flying experience is required and cadets will receive assistance in applying for financial aid to help offset training and living expenses. In addition, participants will receive select Frontier travel benefits during the program. Note that employment with Frontier will start upon successful completion of training.


  • Complete flight training at over 70 ATP flight schools nationwide - choose a location that works for you
  • Become a commercial pilot in as little as 24 months
  • Monthly stipend of $500 for the first 24 months to help offset costs
  • Financial aid packages available for ATP tuition
  • Select travel benefits available on Frontier Airlines while completing the program
  • Direct pathway to becoming a Frontier Airlines First Officer upon successful completion of flight training

Cadet Program FAQ's

  • First Class Medical - for more information click here
  • Vision corrected to 20/20
  • Valid passport, without restriction, to travel in and out of the U.S.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Able to pass standardized pilot aptitude testing
  • Ability to pass rigorous pilot training and evaluation program
  • Ability and willingness to work a variety of schedules including nights, weekends and holidays
  • Ability and desire to maintain a well-groomed and professional appearance
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Ability to pass pre-employment drug testing and background checks
  • High school diploma or equivalent; BS degree preferred
  • Minimum age of 19 at program start
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. without sponsorship
  • Able to obtain ATP financing and tuition
  • Ability to relocate domestically, potentially internationally, for flight experience during the training program

Click here to apply online

  • Apply Online
  • Complete a series of online assessments
  • Complete a virtual or in-person interview
  • Conditional acceptance into the program
  • Complete final assessment, background checks, compliance, and FAA first class medical

Yes, hiring preference is given to the employees of Frontier Airlines, their family members, and employees of Frontier's business partners. Please denote any existing relationship with Frontier during the application process.

Training can be completed at any one of over 70 ATP Flight Schools nationwide, meaning that you’ll be able to pick the location that’s most convenient for you.

Training, coupled with flight experience building, lasts approximately 24 months for most candidates. Upon successful completion of flight training, the accumulation of the minimum number of flight hours, and final review, you'll be scheduled for First Officer training at Frontier Airlines, which lasts approximately 2 months (paid).

If you've already started flight training, great. You can still be considered for the program at an accelerated pace. Please note your flight time during the application process.

You can complete training at over 70 ATP flight schools nationwide so you can choose the location that's most convenient for you. Upon graduation from the program and obtaining the requisite licenses and experience, you'll start training as a Frontier Airlines First Officer and you'll ultimately be assigned to one of our pilot bases upon completion of the training.

We do not provide housing during training but you will receive a small stipend for the first 24 months of the program.

Tuition is set by ATP but averages $90,000 for most students. We will assist candidates with applying for financial aid packages that might be available. Loans typically provide additional money for living expenses. *Qualifications and approval are required prior to starting the program.

We will assist candidates with applying for financial aid packages that might be available, but do not provide tuition assistance at this time. Candidates will receive a stipend of $500 per month for the first 24 months of the program to help offset some expenses.

External scholarships may be available for those who qualify.

Successful graduates of ATP flight school who meet our minimum qualifications are guaranteed placement in the next available Frontier First Officer training class upon graduation.

We will assist students in finding opportunities to build flight time, but ultimately it is up to each student to find the opportunity that best meets their needs.

Yes, qualified individuals can use the GI Bill to offset some of the costs of flight training.  You can learn more about GI Bill benefits here.

  • First Year
    • Private Pilot
    • Instrument
    • Commercial Single Engine
    • Commercial Multi-Engine
    • Certified Flight Instructor
    • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
    • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Second Year
    • Build experience and time by flight instructing or flying for a 135 operation

During flight training, program participants will be able to travel Space Available on Frontier Airlines for a nominal booking fee. In addition, program participants will receive a monthly stipend of $500 per month for the first 24 months of the training. As we build a bridge to an associate degree in aviation to couple with the training, costs associated with the academic credits to complete this will be subsidized.

As this program provides a direct pathway into a Frontier Airlines First Officer position, you cannot participate in any other cadet programs at the same time.

After completion of training, successful participants begin employment as Frontier Airlines First Officer. Cadets will be asked to sign an agreement with Frontier prior to starting in the program, which will spell out rights and responsibilities of both Frontier and our cadets.

No. Employment with Frontier Airlines does not begin until successful completion of the training and enrollment into the Frontier Airlines First Officer training program.

You are not paid as an employee during the program, but program participants receive a $500 monthly stipend for the first 24 months of the program. Upon completion of flight training, successful program participants will begin paid employment as a Frontier Airlines pilot in our First Officer training program.

*Frontier Airlines, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate this program at any time. Please contact a member of the Frontier Pilot Recruitment team for the latest program materials.