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ATP Flight School instructors set the industry standard for professional airline-oriented flight training. Each instructor shares your passion and is aligned with your goal of becoming an airline pilot. The quality and professionalism of ATP instructors have been consistently recognized by AOPA and the National Association of Flight Instructors.

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Instructors Recognized by AOPA as Best in Region

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2023 AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructors

2023 AOPA Flight Training Experience Survey Awards ATP Instructors Recognized as Distinguished and Best in Region

Congratulations to the following ATP flight instructors, who were recognized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) for their professionalism and for providing students flight instruction to the highest standards.

Best Flight Instructor by Region

William Crabtree
Seattle, WA (PAE)

Distinguished Flight Instructor

Katherine Grones
Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Preston Harrison
Houston, TX (EFD)
Todd Shellnutt
Jacksonville Beach, FL
2022 AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructors

2021-22 AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructors

In 2022, these ATP flight instructors were recognized for their excellence in flight instruction by AOPA.

David Banwell-Clode
Atlanta, GA (PDK)
William Dubois
Denver, CO (APA)
Kevin Nyzio
Hartford, CT (HFD)
Todd Shellnutt
Jacksonville Beach, FL

Flight Instructors

ATP's flight instructors represent the most professional instructor group in the industry and specialize in training airline pilots. Each instructor has trained to airline transport pilot standards and is a graduate of ATP, ensuring effectiveness, consistency, and professionalism. Working in coordination with training support to keep your training on track, ATP instructors teach using an airline-oriented approach and standardized operating procedures.

The quality, professionalism, and effectiveness of ATP instructors have been consistently recognized in the industry:

  • FAA Gold Seal Instructors
  • AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructor Award
  • AOPA Best Flight Instructor in Region
  • National Association of Flight Instructors Master Flight Instructor Accreditation
  • National Air Transportation Association Excellence In Pilot Training Award

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CFI Academy

During the Airline Career Pilot Program, you'll attend CFI Academy, where you'll learn from ATP's most senior instructor group. This intensive six week stage of training immerses students in the fundamentals of instruction, advancing their knowledge base and skills to the high standards required to be an ATP flight instructor. The flight and ground instructors at CFI Academy combine years of instructional experience and techniques to efficiently prepare each student for success.

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ATP Elevate

ATP curriculum development instructors leverage vast years of experience, knowledge, and skill to produce exclusive Ground School Support Videos and ATP Elevate virtual ground school sessions. This talented team of specialized instructors delivers effective instruction and content, to help you not only progress through training effectively, but gain a higher level of comprehension required by airline pilots.

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Immediately after scheduling your class date, you will receive access to your student extranet and iPad courseware.

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Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are being hired by the airlines

“ATP laid the foundation for success in my aviation career… from zero experience to my dream major airline in just 5½ years.”

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Airline Career Pilot Program Graduate

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