Had to deny the AA Cadet Program last week and I’m so disappointed… I really wanted that on my resume! I was accepted and all ready to go, but I encountered a ridiculous requirement from the flight school that partners with the AA Cadet Program. The program currently partners with 4 schools ; American Flyers, CAE, CTI and Coast Flight. I planned on attending Coast Flight in San Diego with an August 1st start date. Things got weird when I mentioned that I would be paying out of pocket and didn’t need the Discover Financing, then when I explained to the school I only lived 30 minutes away from the training facility and I wouldn’t need to pay for housing or food… they got even more weird. They said it’s mandatory to live with the other 3 Cadets full time (They group Cadets in 4’s), in an apartment and to pay the extra 16k regardless my situation. I own a house, I’m married and have 2 children… doesn’t make sense for me to waste money on a living situation thats not necessary, especially when I live 15 miles way. It’s still possible to be fully immersive without living the flight school housing. Anyways, I wrote the Cadet Program expressing my concerns and disbelief but they fully defended the flight school and their requirements by saying " The total immersion is essential to the success of the cadets and the program, and the housing is the key catalyst". Come on guys… this isn’t the military and I’m not a single frat kid wanting to live on a college campus… its flight school. Maybe its a blessing in disguise because it took me days to get a response from Coast Flight by email or even phone call from day 1… I’m serious when I say that nobody ever answered the phone the dozens times I called and that could be a sign of organization and accountability, or maybe a lack of staff. It just didn’t feel like a good first impression. In Coast Flight defense they only have 2 schools nationwide, ATP has over 30. That being said, every time I called ATP they answered on the second ring and followed up with me on a regular basis. Oh yea, and they don’t require you to spend money that’s unnecessary… like 16k unnecessary. So, I’ll be attending ATP in Carlsbad and I’ll purse the Envoy Program. The other flight schools may be flexible, I haven’t called them regarding the living situation in relation to the Cadet Program, but I can speak for Coast Flight when I say they won’t budge when it comes to the AA Cadet requirements, living situation and expenses. So, If you’re single, live in Southern California, completely flexible and don’t care about saving money then Coast Flight in San Diego is the perfect match for the AA Cadet Program. I’ve heard excellent things about Coast Flight from current and former regular students, so it’s no doubt in my mind they have a great program. That being said, If you happen to be in my situation and think you’re in luck by being selected for the AA Cadet Program and live next to a partner school and can avoid the schools living expenses… I recommend you do your research and make calls.