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Admissions Prerequisites and Requirements for the Airline Career Pilot Program

If you're a hard-working, ambitious, career-minded individual then ATP can put you on a path to a successful airline pilot career. Take the first step by calling 904-595-7950 to speak with a friendly ATP Admissions Advisor.

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  • ATP Admissions will confirm you have at least one of the following:
    • A High School GPA of 3.0 (High School Seniors and Recent Graduates Only), or
    • Two Years of College Experience, or
    • Two Years of Professional Work Experience, or
    • Two Years of Military Service With an Honorable Discharge
  • Successfully complete a Pre-Enrollment Interview with an ATP Admissions Advisor
  • Successfully complete an Admissions Flight at any ATP Training Center
  • US Citizenship (or Permanent Resident)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate with no limitations (except for corrective lenses)
  • Adherence to Height and Weight Limits — Students taller than 6'3" will be assessed during an Admissions Flight for comfort level inside the aircraft and the ability to fully manipulate the controls. Due to aircraft operational limitations, students weighing more than 250lbs may be denied training in ATP aircraft.
  • Adherence to scheduling availability 7 days a week, sun up to sun down (plus required night flights and time away from your primary training center)
  • Adherence to a reasonable commute time from your residence to ATP allowing you to be at the training center daily and available to accept flight training blocks on short notice. This will prepare you for your first job as an airline pilot where you will be scheduled to operate flights at the airline's discretion.
  • Private Pilot Certificate
    Note: Must hold temporary or permanent certificate prior to scheduling.
  • 78+ Hours Total Flight Time, including
    • 8 Hours Cross-Country PIC
  • Successfully complete a Pre-Enrollment Interview with an ATP Admissions Advisor
  • Successfully complete an Admissions Flight at any ATP Training Center (ATP will evaluate your Private Pilot skills, knowledge, and abilities to confirm that you are current, proficient, and on par with other ATP students moving into the Instrument stage of the Airline Career Pilot Program. Prior to scheduling your Admissions Flight, you'll be required to document a minimum of 10 hours of flight time within the last 90 days. Exceptions can be provided if you've passed your Private Pilot checkride within this time frame.)
  • US Citizenship (or Permanent Resident)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • FAA First Class Medical Certificate with no limitations (except for corrective lenses)
  • Adherence to Height and Weight Limits — Students taller than 6'3" will be assessed during an Admissions Flight for comfort level inside the aircraft and the ability to fully manipulate the controls. Due to aircraft operational limitations, students weighing more than 250lbs may be denied training in ATP aircraft.
  • Adherence to scheduling availability 7 days a week, sun up to sun down (plus required night flights and time away from your primary training center)
  • Adherence to a reasonable commute time from your residence to ATP allowing you to be at the training center daily and available to accept flight training blocks on short notice. This will prepare you for your first job as an airline pilot where you will be scheduled to operate flights at the airline's discretion.
Have Your PPL But Are You Short of Total Flight Time?

Time Build

For $250 per hour, ATP will include the flight time required to reach 78 hours total time before proceeding in the Airline Career Pilot Program.

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Note that admission to ATP is extremely competitive, and meeting the criteria above does not guarantee acceptance.

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Steps to Enrollment

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