ATP Flight School

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ATP Flight School

ATP Flight School, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is the largest flight training company in the United States. The privately held company was founded in Atlanta, GA by its current management, a small group of airline pilots, in 1984. ATP’s initial focus was providing flight training to U.S. military pilots who were seeking their Airline Transport Pilot Certificates to transition over to commercial air carrier operations. Maintaining a focus on professional flight training, ATP later expanded its course offerings to include ab-initio training programs for both domestic and international students, seeking a career in commercial aviation.


ATP Flight School has 39 (as of August 2015) locations throughout the United States.[1]


ATP operates their programs with a fixed-cost, fixed timeframe training model, with an emphasis on multi-engine flight experience. ATP offers training programs for most all fixed-wing FAA pilot certificates and ratings. Other programs offered include regional jet training, which utilize CRJ-200 flight-training devices (FTD). This Regional Jet Standards Certification program was endorsed by American Eagle Airlines in 2010.[2][3]

ATP Flight School is also partnered with Arizona State University, and is the flight provider for its Professional Flight bachelor's degree program, based out of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport facility. Aircraft used for the contract are painted in a special livery featuring the ASU logo and pitchfork.

ASU and ATP's Piper Seminole


ATP Flight School has the largest multi-engine training fleet in the world,[4] consisting exclusively of Piper Seminoles, with the exception of one Cessna CE-525 CitationJet. A mix of Diamond DA40-180 Diamond Stars and Cessna CE-172 Skyhawks make up their single-engine fleet, the majority going to the latter.

In 2006, ATP Flight School placed an order for a fleet of 20 Diamond D-JETs and 5 Diamond flight-training devices (FTD). Under this same agreement, Diamond Aircraft reached a partnership with ATP, in which the flight school will provide factory-approved initial type ratings and recurrent training for the very light jet.[5]

Piper Aircraft Inc. and ATP jointly made an announcement at the 2011 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Annual Meeting and Convention for the sale of 30 new Piper Seminoles – a total retail value of $18 million.[6] All of the new airplanes under the agreement are to be equipped with Garmin’s G500 glass cockpit avionics suite.

Airline Relationships[edit]

ATP Flight School has hiring relationships with 10 U.S. based regional airlines, including ExpressJet, Endeavor Air, and PSA Airlines.[7][8] These relationships and alliances are based on letters of understanding, or letters of agreement. While these letters vary between air carriers, in general they bestow reduced hiring minimums for graduates of ATP.[9]


  1. ^ "Directory of Flight Training Center Locations". ATP Flight School. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  2. ^ "American Eagle Airline Pilot Hiring Partnership". ATP Flight School. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  3. ^ "American Eagle Taps into the ATP Flight Training Pipeline with". PilotJobs. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Piper Aircraft, Inc. - Piper, ATP Reach Deal At NBAA For 30 Airplanes, Worth $18 Million Retail". 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  5. ^ "selects ATP for factory-authorized D-JET Flight Training". Diamond Aircraft. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Piper Aircraft, Inc. - Piper, ATP Reach Deal At NBAA For 30 Airplanes, Worth $18 Million Retail". 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  7. ^ Wallace, Lane (2009-06-03). "Airline Transport Professionals | Flying Magazine | The World's Most Widely Read Aviation Magazine". Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Airline Pilot Hiring Partnerships". ATP Flight School. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  9. ^ "ATP Signs Two New Pilot Hiring Agreements | Aero-News Network". 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 

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