ATS touts Tecnam twin as cost-effective trainer

March 30, 2011

Tecnam twin trainer

The Tecnam P2006T makes it possible for Airline Training Solutions to offer cost-effective flight training that prepares program graduates for the airlines, company representatives said March 29.

“We needed a twin that is inexpensive to fly and inexpensive to maintain,” ATS Program Director Hayden Malone said. The Tecnam twin burns about 10 gallons per hour and is less expensive to fly than a Cessna 172, he said.

ATS, based at Craig Municipal Airport (CRG) in Jacksonville, Fla., was officially launched in December 2010. The program aims to provide a professional curriculum directly aimed at meeting new, tougher training requirements for airline first officer candidates. The curriculum includes multi-pilot, high-altitude, and poor-weather training. All training is delivered in a two-pilot cockpit concept that simulates the airlines.

Malone said his son, Scott Malone, who is chief flight instructor for the ATS program, worked his way to the airlines via flight instructing and charter flying. Unfortunately, that style of flying did not prepare him for the type of two-pilot coordination that is utilized by the airlines. ATS teaches students to utilize “real-life concepts such as ‘pilot flying’ and ‘pilot not flying,’” Hayden Malone said.

ATS’s Stage One program, including 250 hours of twin-engine time and a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s satellite campus, is approximately $88,000, according to a press release. The typical student will complete the program in three years.

For more information, contact Malone at 904/708-5469, or by email.

Jill W. Tallman

Jill W. Tallman | AOPA Technical Editor, AOPA

AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.