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CFI Academy Exclusive to the Airline Career Pilot Program

Five weeks of the Airline Career Pilot Program are spent at CFI Academy, where students train to become Certificated Flight Instructors (CFI). While at the academy, commercial pilots learn the fundamentals of instruction from ATP's senior instructor group and hone their ability to effectively teach and communicate the knowledge and experience they have attained throughout the program.

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Becoming a CFI allows you to begin earning an income in your new career as a pilot while you gain the flight experience needed to meet airline minimums. Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are guaranteed a paid instructor job with ATP, earning up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement.

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ATP Instructors Nationally Recognized by AOPA

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) consistently award ATP CFIs with “Distinguished Flight Instructor” awards and the recognition of being “Best Flight Instructor in Region” during the annual Flight Training Experience Awards.

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NAFI Master Flight Instructor Awards

The National Association of Flight Instructors is proud to announce that ATP Flight Instructors Michael “Todd” Shellnut and Jeremy Hand have earned accreditation as NAFI Master Flight Instructors.

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CFI Academy Flight Training Stage Details

What's Included
Aircraft Flown
Certificate Earned

Certificated Flight Instructor (with single-engine and instrument privileges)

You will earn your multi-engine instructor add-on rating later in the program.

CFI Academy Locations

Airline Career Pilot Program students attend CFI Academy at one of the following flight training locations. Each pilot academy offers a standardized and consistent experience.

ATP determines which training academy you will attend and assigns you a class based on your training progression. Even if you are already at one of these locations, you may be required to attend another. ATP will coordinate travel and housing to the academy location.

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