ATP Flight School

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ATP Flight School
IndustryFlight Training
Founded1984; 35 years ago (1984) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States
United States
Number of locations
40 training centers

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. Today, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation's regional airlines.


ATP Flight School has 40 (as of May, 2017) locations throughout the United States.[1]


ATP Flight School solely focuses on airline-oriented flight training, operating 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 type ratings, aircraft dispatcher certification, and the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP).

ATP is 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,[2] consisting exclusively of Piper Seminoles, with the exception of one Cessna CE-525 CitationJet. A mix of Diamond DA40-180 Diamond Stars, Cessna CE-172 Skyhawks, and Piper Archers make up their single-engine fleet, the majority going to the latter.

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.[3] All of the new airplanes under the agreement are to be equipped with Garmin’s G500 glass cockpit avionics suite.

In April, 2013, ATP and Piper Aircraft reached an agreement for the purchase of up to 100 Piper Archers.[4] Initial deliveries began in late 2013, and under the agreement, all aircraft are standardized with the Garmin G500 avionics suite.

As of May, 2017, ATP Flight School had a fleet of 298 aircraft, consisting of the following:

Airline Relationships[edit]

ATP Flight School has hiring relationships with 21 U.S. based regional airlines, including ExpressJet, SkyWest Airlines, Mesa Airlines, and PSA Airlines.[5][6] 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 either reduced hiring minimums for graduates of ATP or airline tuition reimbursement.[7][8]

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

On December 6, 2008, a twin-engine Piper PA-44 owned by ATP Flight School experienced a mid-air collision in the Everglades. The plane was flown by an ATP instructor and student pilot. The other plane involved was a Cessna 172R owned by Pelican Flight Training, also with two passengers, an instructor and student. There were no survivors. [9][10] On March 24, 2014, the flight school lost another Piper PA-44, this one in Brunswick, Georgia and also with two fatalities. The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation reported that the wreckage was consistent with an in-flight breakup of the airframe. [11][12] On June 9, 2018, a small plane flown by an ATP Flight School instructor, hit two homes and landed in a retention pond in Daytona Beach, Florida. An ATP student pilot was also in the plane. [13]


  1. ^ "Directory of Flight Training Center Locations". ATP Flight School. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  2. ^ "Piper Aircraft, Inc. - Piper, ATP Reach Deal At NBAA For 30 Airplanes, Worth $18 Million Retail". 2011-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  3. ^ "Piper Aircraft, Inc. - Piper, ATP Reach Deal At NBAA For 30 Airplanes, Worth $18 Million Retail". 2011-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  4. ^ Cox, Bill (September 12, 2015). "ATP: All In With Archer". Plane & Pilot. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  5. ^ Wallace, Lane (2009-06-03). "Airline Transport Professionals". Flying. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  6. ^ "Airline Pilot Hiring Partnerships". ATP Flight School. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  7. ^ "ATP Signs Two New Pilot Hiring Agreements | Aero-News Network". 2006-12-27. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  8. ^ "New Tuition Reimbursement Programs Assist Professional Pilots". Flying. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  9. ^ Barbara Hijek. "2 planes crash in 'Glades". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  10. ^ District Court Of Appeal Of The State Of Florida Fourth District. "ATP FLIGHT SCHOOL, LLC, and AIRLINE TRANSPORT PROFESSIONAL CORP. OF USA, INC., Appellants, v. CHRISTINA SAX, Personal Representative of the Estate of BRYAN SAX, deceased, Appellee" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  11. ^ "NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  12. ^ Erin Edgemon. "Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Alabama pilot killed in crash 2 years ago". Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  13. ^ Chip Skambis. "Small plane hits roof before crashing into Daytona Beach retention pond, officials say". Retrieved 2018-07-18.

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