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Airline Direct TrackFor Airline Career Pilot Program Students

Fly Faster From Commercial Pilot to Airline Pilot Hiring Minimums

ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program combined with the Airline Direct Track is the fastest way to become an airline pilot.

Airline Career Pilot Program students can accelerate their path to airline hiring minimums by starting the Airline Direct Track after earning their Commercial Pilot certificate.

  • 1,188 hours of flight experience in a crew-style airline-oriented environment managed and scheduled by ATP Flight Operations.
  • Comprehensive three-week 75-hour Jet Transition Course
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP), utilizing full-motion simulators, airline sponsored at no cost to you.

Start with Airline Career Pilot Program

The Airline Direct Track is an exclusive offer for ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program students. Students who enroll prior to starting CFI Academy receive a $7,000 credit towards the cost of the Airline Direct Track.

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$169,995 | 11 Months

Airline Tuition Reimbursement Available

Price and duration does not include Airline Career Pilot Program.

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The Airline Direct Track Starts with the Airline Career Pilot Program

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Learn to Become an Airline Pilot with ATP Flight School

Fastest Track to 1,500 Hours With Training that Prepares You for Your Airline Pilot Career

Start with the Airline Career Pilot Program
Complete the program through your Commercial Pilot certificate and enroll in the Airline Direct Track prior to CFI Academy.

5 Months
Managed Crew Procedures Flights and LOFT Scenarios
Fly managed crew-style cross-country flights in an airline-oriented environment.
10 Months

Managed Crew Procedures Flights and Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) Scenarios

During the Crew Procedures Flights and Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) Scenarios, you'll fly managed crew-style cross-country flights in an airline-oriented environment using standardized operating procedures. LOFT Scenarios transition students from maneuver-oriented flight training to operational flying, which involves the application of skills and procedural knowledge, crew-style coordination, resource management, and all other aspects of flying the line in complex real-world operations. Multiple legs are scheduled and flown daily to replicate airline operations, and each flight is scheduled, managed, and monitored by ATP's safety-focused Flight Operations team. This training provides a depth of experience with coast-to-coast ATC, terrain, weather, cross-country experience, and proficiency with instrument flying, including departure, en route, arrival, and approach procedures.

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What's Included
Aircraft Flown
Typical Training Day

Up to 7 Days Per Week

You'll over 25 hours per week on cross-country flights with a fellow student or instructor. On any given day, you can expect to fly one or more legs, similar to flying the line at the airlines.

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Some Time Away from Primary Training Center May Be Required

During this stage you will fly to any number of destinations. You may be required to be away from your primary training center for extended periods — just like the airlines.

Jet Transition Course
Learn jet systems, operations, and profiles in Airbus and Boeing Full Flight Simulators.
3 Weeks

Jet Transition Course

For three weeks, you'll attend a Jet Transition Course at ATP Jets in Dallas, TX, to learn operations and systems of transport-category jet aircraft during normal, abnormal, and emergency conditions. Sixty-five hours of Flight Training Device (FTD) simulator training provides you with a strong understanding of operating a complex airliner, including effective crew coordination, use of advanced automation, proficiency with the Flight Management System (FMS), and familiarization with airline profiles, callouts, and flows.

Ten hours of Airbus or Boeing Full Flight Simulator (FFS) training provides further LOFT training and prepares you for success in airline training and their initial type rating.

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What's Included
  • 50 Hours Airbus, Boeing, or Regional Jet Flight Training Device (FTD) Simulator
  • 15 Hours Airbus or Boeing Level 5 or 6 FTD Simulator
  • 10 Hours Airbus or Boeing Level D Full Flight Simulator
Simulator
  • Airbus or Boeing Full-Motion Simulator
Typical Training Day

Requires up to 7 days per week

FTD and simulator training occur at an airline training center, which operates 24/7. Expect one or more simulator sessions per day, which may be scheduled at any time, day or night, just like airline training.

3 Weeks from Primary Training Center Required

ATP may schedule the Jet Transition Course at any point during the Airline Direct Track. You will be required to travel to ATP Jets in Dallas, TX for 3 consecutive weeks. Housing will be provided for those not local to Dallas.

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ATP CTP
Gain the qualification needed for the Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
1 Week

Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) at ATP Jets in Dallas, TX

During the one-week FAA-approved 14 CFR part 142 airline course, you will learn about advanced automation, air carrier operations, and transport airplane performance. After a comprehensive 30-hour ground school, you will operate a full-motion Airbus or Boeing simulator with instruction from experienced airline pilots on low energy states/stalls, upset recovery techniques, and adverse weather conditions.

At the end of the course, you will be qualified to take the ATM knowledge test and ready for your Airline Transport Pilot practical exam once you arrive at your airline for training.

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What's Included
  • 30 Hours Instructor-Led Virtual Ground School
  • 4 Hours Fixed-Base Training Device (FTD)
  • 6 Hours Full-Motion Airbus or Boeing Simulator
Simulator
  • Airbus or Boeing Full-Motion Simulator
Qualification Earned

ATP Certification Training Program Graduation Certificate (allowing you to qualify for the ATM Knowledge Test and be eligible for the ATP certificate)

Typical Training Day

Requires up to 7 days per week

The first four days of ATP CTP will consist of ground school, with instruction beginning at 8:00 am. Next, three days of FTD and simulator training occur at an airline training center, which operates 24/7. Expect your simulator sessions to be scheduled any time, day or night, just like airline training.

Airline Sponsored

ATP does not charge you for the ATP CTP. This is will be sponsored by a participating airline after receiving a conditional job offer.

1 Week from Primary Training Center Required

You will be required to travel to ATP Jets in Dallas, TX for 7 days to attend the simulator portion of the ATP CTP course.

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Start Flying as a Professional Pilot
Reach 1,500 hours in just 16 months, allowing you to get to the airlines first and establish your seniority.

Start Flying as a Professional Pilot

After gaining 1,500 hours of flight time, you are ready to move on to the airlines. ATP's hiring partnerships set the foundation for your career success, providing the fastest path to all major airlines and multiple options on how to get there. With 38 airline, cargo, and corporate operator partnerships, you'll be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement and cadet programs, as well as direct programs allowing you to go straight to the A320 and B737.

Ongoing Career Support

ATP's Career Services team is ready to assist you after you graduate with locating entry-level job opportunities or charting your path to the major airlines through one of ATP's airline partners.

Ongoing career support and mentorship is provided through the no-fee ATP Alumni Association, giving you the opportunity to attend exclusive alumni events and take advantage of exclusive discounts for resume and interview prep services.

Competitive Advantages

Get the competitive edge by combining the Airline Career Pilot Program with the Airline Direct Track, and get to the airlines first.

Get to the Airlines First

Reach airline minimums nine months quicker than the conventional CFI track, allowing you to gain seniority and enjoy a higher quality of life, faster Captain upgrade, better schedules, and more.

Complete Proficiency

Nearly 1,200 hours of crew-style airline-oriented training and Jet Transition Course prepare you for your future career, make you the most qualified airline applicant, and airline training a breeze.

Structured Path to 1,500 Hrs

Most structured, defined, and direct path to airline minimums. Know how much you'll fly, when you'll fly, and when you'll reach 1,500 hours, all while gaining relevant airline-oriented experience.

Enjoy the Ride

For ten months, you'll fly over 25 hours per week on crew-style cross-country flights, allowing you to visit new destinations, take in the views, and enjoy flying, as you experience your future career.

Tuition Reimbursement

Participate in airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement programs while you build flight experience.

Direct to the A320 or B737

Recommended Airline Direct Track students can participate in A320 and B737 Direct Programs with Spirit, Frontier, Avelo, and Sun Country.

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What's Included

The Airline Direct Track adds all of the following to your Airline Career Pilot Program.

Airline Training Courses
  • Managed Crew Procedures Flights and Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT)
  • Three Week FAA-Approved Jet Transition Course
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP)
    Airline-Sponsored
Flight & Simulator Time

1,273 Hours of Total Logged Time:

  • 1,188 Hours of Single-Engine Flight Time
  • 69 Hours of FTD Simulator Time
  • 16 Hours Full-Motion Airbus or Boeing Simulator
Competitive Advantages
  • Airline-Oriented Training, Procedures, Profiles, and Callouts
  • Crew-Style Flight Experience in an Airline-Based Environment
  • Full Career and Placement Services
  • Hiring Partnerships with 38 Airline, Cargo, and Corporate Operators
  • Access to ATP-Exclusive Tuition Reimbursement and Airline-Sponsored Programs
Schedule & Time Frame
  • Fastest Path from Commercial Pilot to Airline Pilot
  • Full Time, Total Immersion Training
  • 11-Month Training Time Frame

$169,995 | 11 Months

Airline Tuition Reimbursement Available

Price and duration does not include Airline Career Pilot Program.

Locations

The following locations offer the Airline Career Pilot Program with Airline Direct Track.

Enrollment
Prerequisites
Switching Tracks
Enrollment

Enrollment

Airline Career Pilot Program students may enroll in the Airline Direct Track any time after placing their Airline Career Pilot Program deposit and prior to starting CFI Academy.

Instead of attending CFI Academy and earning a flight instructor certificate, students enrolled in the Airline Direct Track will immediately begin their Crew Procedures Flights and LOFT Scenarios after earning their Commercial Pilot certificate. The cost of CFI Academy will be applied toward the Airline Direct Track.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Prior to starting the Airline Direct Track, students must meet the following requirements.

  • Airline Career Pilot Program Student, with Commercial Pilot Certificate (Single- and Multi-Engine) and Instrument Rating
  • Current First Class Medical Certificate
  • Instrument Current and Proficient
Switching Tracks

Switching Tracks

Airline Career Pilot Program students can choose the Airline Direct Track anytime prior to starting CFI Academy.

Students that have opted for the Airline Direct Track can switch to the CFI track, which includes CFI Academy and eligibility to fly as a Flight Instructor for ATP after graduating, anytime prior to earning their Commercial Pilot certificate.

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