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Fly as a Flight Instructor After Your Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program

Build the Experience and Flight Time You Need

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate, you will have the certification and ratings you need to start flying as a flight instructor and gain the flight time required by airlines.

With your single-engine, instrument, and multi-engine instructor ratings, you will be amongst the most competitive and qualified as you advanced in your career.

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Benefits of Instructing With ATPFlight Instructor Overview

Having your single-engine, instrument, and multi-engine instructor ratings open more flight instructor opportunities, including flying with ATP. As an ATP instructor, you have the option to build the 1,500 hours of flight time required by airlines about 18-24 months*.

Get Paid to Fly

Earn flight, ground and simulator fees, as well as airline tuition reimbursement.

Gain Experience

Build flight experience quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums.

Airline-Oriented

Fly and teach using standardized airline-oriented procedures and comprehensive resources.

Largest Training Fleet

Fly the largest, most reliable fleet of standardized multi- and single-engine aircraft.

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Proven by Thousands of Graduates Flying for Regional & Major Airlines

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The More You Fly, The More You Earn

ATP offers more flying than any other aviation cadet academy, college, or small FBO, allowing you to meet your career objectives faster than anywhere else.

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Estimated Monthly Earnings Based on Hours Flown

ATP instructors earn the following hourly rates for flight, ground, and simulator (AATD), plus bonuses for their students' successful checkride passes.

  • $18 / Flight Hour
  • $15 / Simulator (AATD) Hour
  • $15 / Pre- and Post-Flight Briefing and Ground Hour
  • When applicants pass a practical test on the first attempt:
    • $125 Bonus for Private, Instrument, and Commercial
    • $75 Bonus for all other ratings

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Airline Tuition Reimbursement Program

Only as an ATP Flight Instructor can you receive tuition reimbursement, sponsored by ATP's airline partners. In this program, airlines pay up to $5,000 toward your training cost, paid at a rate of $5 per flight hour as an ATP Flight Instructor.

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ATP Flight School and United Airlines® have partnered to provide aspiring airline pilots, like you, with outstanding training and the most direct route to a United flight deck — United Aviate.

  • Clear direction and a tailored path to a career at United
  • Expedited time at the regional airlines
  • Earn Airline-Sponsored Tuition Reimbursement

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Envoy Cadet Program

Envoy Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, offers an enhanced version of ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program – the Envoy Cadet Program. Accepted candidates will gain full-time employment by Envoy while instructing for ATP. Envoy offers financial assistance (up to $5,000 based on flight experience accrual), and provides all the benefits of being an Envoy employee while flight instructing: travel privileges, comprehensive health, dental and vision coverage, 401(k) retirement with company match contributions, American Airlines Group profit sharing, and paid vacation and sick time accrual.

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How to Become an ATP Flight Instructor

  1. Graduate from the Airline Career Pilot Program.
  2. Join the ATP Alumni Association at ATPAlumni.org.
  3. Email your resume to [email protected].
  4. Include your training center preferences.

Interview & Preferential CFI Job Placement ATP Flight Instructor Requirements

Airline Career Pilot Program graduates receive preferential hiring and must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a flight instructor position with ATP:

  1. Complete the Airline Career Pilot Program with CFI, II, and MEI.
  2. Complete within 120%* of program duration.
  3. Fail no more than two practical tests (checkrides).
  4. Demonstrate professionalism, adherence to standard operating procedures, and uncompromising attention to safety-focused decisions at all times.
  5. Have no prohibitive items on a ten-year background check, as required for airline employment.
  6. Commit to an available training center assignment within one week of receiving an offer.
  7. Successfully complete Instructor Indoc (an ATP on-boarding and proficiency program) in Jacksonville.
  8. Graduate from the 100+ Hour Multi-Engine Option to be eligible for a multi-engine instructor position.

With the 100+ Hour Multi-Engine Option for the Airline Career Pilot Program you will be the most qualified and eligible for a multi-engine instructor position with ATP.

Instructor Indoc

To become a CFI with ATP, you will be required to successfully complete Instructor Indoc in Jacksonville before starting your training center assignment. To reduce out-of-pocket expense, ATP provides shared apartment housing during indoc. This program focuses on making the transition from student to flight instructor, and emphasizes the reasons why ATP operates the way it does. It will relate your ATP instructor role to making safety-focused decisions, demonstrating consistent professionalism, and ensuring ATP’s integrity with our students’ investment. Finally, you will fly with ATP’s Flight Standards instructors to demonstrate flight proficiency to the level of the Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards, flying from the right seat.

Training Center Assignments 47 Locations Across the Country

For eligible graduates, ATP will offer one or more training centers from which to choose for an instructor job with ATP. Training centers’ availability changes constantly, based on instructors advancing to airlines and current and future student load. An instructor position at your original training center is not assured.

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Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are being hired by the airlines

“I am an ATP alumni and wanted to say hello. I worked for you after finishing the 90 day fast track back in 2008. I instructed at both the Jacksonville and Riverside locations. Since ATP, I have flown for Great Lakes Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, Allegiant Air, and now most recently at Delta Air Lines. I am currently a First Officer on the MD-88/90 based in ATL. I am so grateful for my time at ATP and can't thank you enough for giving me the opportunity to instruct.”

Shawn Scanlon

Airline Career Pilot Program Graduate

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*COVID-19: While ATP continues operations, the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have delayed the pace of training and building flight experience. Many statements on this page are contingent on returning to a new normal pace of operations. Please see our COVID-19 updates page to learn more about the steps ATP is taking to keep our students and instructors moving forward.