November 12, 2010
By Mike Collins
Airline Transport Professionals, a nationwide airline pilot training and pilot career development company, and Piper Aircraft announced at AOPA Aviation Summit on Nov. 11 that ATP is adding six Piper Seminoles to its fleet of multiengine training aircraft. Piper will deliver the airplanes before the end of the year.
ATP already operates more than 80 Seminoles, in addition to 50 Cessna 172s, five Diamond DA40s, and a Cessna CitationJet. Operating from 22 locations nationwide, its aircraft fleet logs more than 6,000 hours each month, ATP said.
“Our fleet purchase will help us meet increasing demand for Mountain State University’s ATP Pilot Operations degree program, for which ATP provides all the flight training,” said Jim Koziarski, ATP vice president of flight operations. The program offers the first aviation bachelor’s degree program with online coursework directly integrated with a standardized flight training curriculum available nationwide, he said.
“The Piper Seminole has proven itself in hundreds of thousands of hours of flight school training around the world,” said Randy Groom, Piper executive vice president. “ATP students admire the airplane for its ability to help them learn advanced flight training maneuvers and procedures while the instructors appreciate the Piper Seminole’s ability to teach these lessons in a safe and forgiving manner.” —Mike Collins
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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