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10,000th ATP CTP student graduates from ATP Flight School

ATP Flight School announced that it surpassed a major milestone in its ATP JETS airline training program on November 30: The school has graduated more than 10,000 students through its airline transport pilot certification training program (ATP CTP).

Gretchen Leneski is the 10,000th ATP CTP graduate from ATP JETS in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Photo courtesy of ATP.

According to the school’s website, it has graduated more than 10,300 ATP CTP students since the program began in 2015.

ATP JETS, an FAA-approved Part 142 training center, provides 30 hours of ground school over the first four days of the course, followed by four hours of training in a fixed-base training device on day five, and six hours of training in a full-motion simulator on days six and seven. After completing the course, students can take the Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine knowledge test, though the school recommends additional preparation with Sheppard Air test prep software before coming to the training.

ATP opened a 29,380-square-foot training center just south of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport in June, and it has agreements with 10 regional airlines to provide ATP CTP training.

“An advanced avionics lab extends ATP capabilities to offer advanced jet transition programs and enhanced ATP CTP,” the school said in a press release. “These programs have allowed ATP to provide tailored hiring solutions for Frontier Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. Pilots can transition directly to each airline at 1,500 hours of flight time after attending an enhanced ATP CTP with additional simulator instruction and avionics training.”

Aspiring airline pilots can do all their training, from zero time through ATP, with ATP Flight School through its Airline Career Pilot Program. Pilots complete their certificates and ratings up to the flight instructor certificate in seven months. Once eligible, they can complete the ATP CTP program. ATP said its students can go from zero time to “flying as an airline pilot in two years.” The school has “agreements with 32 airline, cargo, and corporate operators.” ATP has 70 flight training centers nationwide.

The requirement for the ATP CTP prerequisite for taking the Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine knowledge test came as part of new congressionally mandated airline training regulations in the wake of the February 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash in Buffalo, New York. The regulations required all second-in-command pilots for the airlines to have an ATP certificate and at least 1,500 hours total time The ATP CTP program requirement went into effect in August 2014.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and son. Alyssa is also co-host of AOPA Live This Week.
Topics: Career, Aviation Education Programs

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