More than 30 years ago, a couple of airline pilots stumbled on a dream: Why not help aspiring flight students become airline pilots? In 1984, ATP Flight School, now the nation’s largest flight school, was established in Atlanta. Today its headquarters are in Jacksonville, Florida, and its largest facility in Arlington, Texas, has expanded to 25,875 square feet of state-of-the-art, high-tech opportunities for learning to fly. The school boasts a “total immersion” training experience that takes flight students from zero hours to CFI in seven months.
“Each aspect of the new building is designed to efficiently deliver total-immersion airline pilot training,” said Michael Arnold, ATP director of marketing. “Students in ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program start with zero experience and graduate as commercial multiengine pilots and flight instructors in just seven months. Pilots graduating on this accelerated timeline are in a competitive position to capitalize on a post-pandemic pilot shortage and quickly establish their careers.”
“My favorite part of my job is seeing the students become instructors and then seeing them at alumni events where they are captains at American, Delta,” said Marty Cates, ATP regional director. “Just seeing them live their dream.”