Flight Training Timeline

Click the timeline to see a description of your training milestones in the Airline Career Pilot Program

Select your multi-engine option:

Private Pilot

The first step towards becoming a commercial pilot is earning your single-engine Private Pilot Certificate. Keeping your end goal in mind — ATP's philosophy is to deliver airline-style training and flight experience at the very onset of a pilot's training career. This is accomplished through standardized operating procedures and training students to a high level of proficiency. In your primary training stage you’ll learn the fundamentals of flight before moving on to cross-country and solo training. During this stage, all training is conducted in Cessna 172 moving-map GPS-equipped aircraft, or Piper Archers.

What's Included:

  • Private Pilot iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • Private Pilot Written Exam
  • Single-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Single-Engine Solo Flights
  • Single-Engine Private Pilot Checkride

Typical Training Day

SSBSelf-Study & Briefings
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

Full immersion is an understatement... Two weeks into the program and I've done nothing but lived and breathed aviation – loving every minute. During the private pilot stage, my days start off with self-study, using ATP's online learning modules. Here I'm learning all of the fundamentals of flying, which I'm confident is setting the foundation for the rest of my training. Mid-afternoon, I meet with my flight instructor for a preflight briefing and to go over a few questions I ran into during my self-study session. With questions answered and lesson objectives covered, I head out to preflight the aircraft at about 4pm. I'm excited for the flight ahead, as it is sure to be plenty full of stalls, slow-flight, ground reference maneuvers, and inevitably finishing with a round of landings.

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Private Pilot

The first step towards becoming a commercial pilot is earning your single-engine Private Pilot Certificate. Keeping your end goal in mind — ATP's philosophy is to deliver airline-style training and flight experience at the very onset of a pilot's training career. This is accomplished through standardized operating procedures and training students to a high level of proficiency. In your primary training stage you’ll learn the fundamentals of flight before moving on to cross-country and solo training. During this stage, all training is conducted in Cessna 172 moving-map GPS-equipped aircraft, or Piper Archers.

What's Included:

  • Private Pilot iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • Private Pilot Written Exam
  • Single-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Single-Engine Solo Flights
  • Single-Engine Private Pilot Checkride

Typical Training Day

SSBSelf-Study & Briefings
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

Full immersion is an understatement... Two weeks into the program and I've done nothing but lived and breathed aviation – loving every minute. During the private pilot stage, my days start off with self-study, using ATP's online learning modules. Here I'm learning all of the fundamentals of flying, which I'm confident is setting the foundation for the rest of my training. Mid-afternoon, I meet with my flight instructor for a preflight briefing and to go over a few questions I ran into during my self-study session. With questions answered and lesson objectives covered, I head out to preflight the aircraft at about 4pm. I'm excited for the flight ahead, as it is sure to be plenty full of stalls, slow-flight, ground reference maneuvers, and inevitably finishing with a round of landings.

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Instrument Rating

Airlines conduct flights under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), allowing them to fly in less than ideal weather conditions. Accordingly, these pilots must have an Instrument Rating. During this stage, students conduct flights under simulated instrument conditions and learn IFR procedures such as approaches, holds, emergency operations, etc...

Not unlike other stages of the program, students are trained using standard operating procedures, flows, and callouts. This practice not only increases safety and consistency, but will prepare students for flying in the airline environment.

What's Included:

  • Instrument iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • Instrument Written Exam
  • Instrument Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Scenario-Based FTD Training
  • Single-Engine Instrument Rating Checkride
  • Crew Procedures & LOFT FTD Training

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
SSim
FFlight
10am
noon
10pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

So far the instrument rating stage of training has been the most demanding. After private pilot training, I am confident in my ability to safely fly the aircraft and so now the focus is on learning the procedures necessary to fly an airplane by instruments only, with no outside visual reference. Each day is intensive, starting off with self-study and a briefing in the morning, followed by taking what was learned and running through the procedures in the simulator. After a short break my instructor and I head out in the aircraft to run through holds, approaches, and emergency procedures. The nearly three-hour flight is grueling and tests your ability as a pilot, but after the flight, and at end of each day, the sense of accomplishment is unparalleled.

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Multi-Engine Rating

During this stage, students are transitioned from single-engine aircraft to multi-engine aircraft. While the principles of flight remain the same, concepts such as multi-engine aerodynamics, emergency operations, and more complex systems are thoroughly explained.

ATP operates the world's largest multi-engine training fleet, consisting of 101 Piper Seminoles. Airlines prefer multi-engine flight time and experience, so upon obtaining your multi-engine rating at the end of this stage, the majority of the rest of your flight training will be conducted in the Seminole.

What's Included:

  • Multi-Engine Home Study & Briefings
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Multi-Engine Scenario-Based FTD Training
  • Crew Procedures & LOFT FTD Training
  • Multi-Engine Rating Checkride

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
SSim
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

Feeling satisfied after the recent achievement of earning my private pilot certificate, I was eager to start the next stage of training – transitioning to multi-engine aircraft. In the morning, I met with my training partner, where we spent an hour and half studying multi-engine aerodynamics. The plan for the afternoon is a mix of simulator work and actual flying, practicing engine failure procedures and multi-engine maneuvers.

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Instrument Rating

Airlines conduct flights under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR), allowing them to fly in less than ideal weather conditions. Accordingly, these pilots must have an Instrument Rating. During this stage, students conduct flights under simulated instrument conditions in the Piper Seminole and learn IFR procedures such as approaches, holds, emergency operations, etc...

Not unlike other stages of the program, students are trained using standard operating procedures, flows, and callouts. This practice not only increases safety and consistency, but will prepare students for flying in the airline environment.

What's Included:

  • Instrument iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • Instrument Written Exam
  • Instrument Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Scenario-Based FTD Training
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating Checkride
  • Crew Procedures & LOFT FTD Training

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
SSim
FFlight
10am
noon
10pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

So far the instrument rating stage of training has been the most demanding. After private pilot training, I am confident in my ability to safely fly the aircraft and so now the focus is on learning the procedures necessary to fly an airplane by instruments only, with no outside visual reference. Each day is intensive, starting off with self-study and a briefing in the morning, followed by taking what was learned and running through the procedures in the simulator. After a short break my instructor and I head out in the aircraft to run through holds, approaches, and emergency procedures. The nearly three-hour flight is grueling and tests your ability as a pilot, but after the flight, and at end of each day, the sense of accomplishment is unparalleled.

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Nationwide Cross-Country Flying

Upon earning an Instrument Rating, students begin the cross-country phase of their training. ATP's quality instructional methods will have you flying as pilot-in-command, nationwide in an airline-style environment. This nationwide flying requires a level of currency, proficiency, and standardization that defines ATP's excellence in flight training.

All cross-country flights are operated in an FAR 121 airline-style environment. Flights will be scheduled to selected ATP Training Centers nationwide and will be conducted with flight releases to assist with weather, routing, and performance reviews.

During this stage, you will typically fly trips to locations about 350 NM from the base training center. You may have an opportunity to fly coast-to-coast cross-country flights if your schedule permits approximately 10 consecutive days to make the trip out and back, and allow for weather contingencies. All ATP flights nationwide are scheduled and monitored around-the-clock by a specialized Flight Operations team.

Typical Training Day

FFlight
FFlight
FFlight
6am
noon
6pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

The cross-country stage of my training has felt like a much-needed vacation and has been a once in a lifetime experience. Today I woke up, and at about 6am met with my training partner at the airport – planning for a 7am wheels-up departure. We left Phoenix and headed off to Los Angeles (Riverside to be exact), where we grabbed a quick bite to eat before departing to Las Vegas – finally returning home at around 5pm. Each day has been new and different; nothing beats waking up each morning and flying to a different city across the country. From Sacramento to Dallas, ATP has allowed me to truly experience cross-country flying.

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Multi-Engine Rating

During this stage, students are transitioned from single-engine aircraft to multi-engine aircraft. While the principles of flight remain the same, concepts such as multi-engine aerodynamics, emergency operations, and more complex systems are thoroughly explained.

ATP operates the world's largest multi-engine training fleet, consisting of 101 Piper Seminoles. Airlines prefer multi-engine flight time and experience, so upon obtaining your multi-engine rating at the end of this stage, the majority of the rest of your flight training will be conducted in the Seminole.

What's Included:

  • Multi-Engine Home Study & Briefings
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Multi-Engine Scenario-Based FTD Training
  • Crew Procedures & LOFT FTD Training
  • Multi-Engine Rating Checkride

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
SSim
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

After exploring different locations during the cross-country stage, it was time to get back to work and start the next step of training – transitioning to multi-engine aircraft. In the morning, I met with my training partner, where we spent an hour and half studying multi-engine aerodynamics. The plan for the afternoon is a mix of simulator work and actual flying, practicing engine failure procedures and multi-engine maneuvers.

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Nationwide Cross-Country Flying

Upon earning an Instrument Rating, students begin the cross-country phase of their training. ATP's quality instructional methods will have you flying the multi-engine Piper Seminole as pilot-in-command, nationwide in an airline-style environment. This nationwide flying requires a level of currency, proficiency, and standardization that defines ATP's excellence in flight training.

All cross-country flights are operated in an FAR 121 airline-style environment. Flights will be scheduled to selected ATP Training Centers nationwide and will be conducted with flight releases to assist with weather, routing, and performance reviews.

During this stage, you will typically fly trips to locations about 350 NM from the base training center. You may have an opportunity to fly coast-to-coast cross-country flights if your schedule permits approximately 10 consecutive days to make the trip out and back, and allow for weather contingencies. All ATP flights nationwide are scheduled and monitored around-the-clock by a specialized Flight Operations team.

Typical Training Day

FFlight
FFlight
FFlight
6am
noon
6pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

The cross-country stage of my training has felt like a much-needed vacation and has been a once in a lifetime experience. Today I woke up, and at about 6am met with my training partner at the airport – planning for a 7am wheels-up departure. We left Phoenix and headed off to Los Angeles (Riverside to be exact), where we grabbed a quick bite to eat before departing to Las Vegas – finally returning home at around 5pm. Each day has been new and different; nothing beats waking up each morning and flying to a different city across the country. From Sacramento to Dallas, ATP has allowed me to truly experience cross-country flying.

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Commercial Pilot

After completing the multi-engine rating stage, students will undergo further training in both the Piper Seminole and single-engine aircraft in preparation for their single- and multi-engine Commercial Pilot Certificate, eventually allowing them to be paid to fly.

What's Included:

  • Commercial Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Commercial Single-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Checkride
  • Commercial Single-Engine Checkride

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
FFlight
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

With my fresh multi-engine rating in hand, my instructor and I will stay in the multi-engine Piper Seminole as I begin the commercial stage of training. This morning I reviewed aircraft systems and a few new maneuvers with my instructor, followed by a flight running through the maneuvers. After a short break we'll head back up for another flight in preparation for my commercial checkride, which is just a few days away. After flying and training nearly everyday over the last seven months, I feel self-assured and ready for it.

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Commercial Pilot

After completing the Cross-Country flying stage, students will undergo further training in both the Piper Seminole and single-engine aircraft in preparation for their single- and multi-engine Commercial Pilot Certificate, eventually allowing them to be paid to fly.

What's Included:

  • Commercial Multi-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Commercial Single-Engine Flight Instruction
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Checkride
  • Commercial Single-Engine Checkride

Typical Training Day

BBriefing
FFlight
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

The cross-country stage was laid back and fun, but now it's back to business, as I enter the commercial stage of training. This morning I reviewed aircraft systems and a few new maneuvers with my instructor, followed by a flight running through the maneuvers. After a short break we'll head back up for another flight in preparation for my commercial checkride, which is just a few days away. After flying and training nearly everyday over the last seven months, I feel self-assured and ready for it.

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Certified Flight Instructor

The final two months of the program are devoted to developing students into Certified Flight Instructors (CFI). Here students learn the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) and hone the ability to effectively teach and communicate all the knowledge and experience they have attained throughout the program.

Upon successful completion, students earn all three of their instructor certificates — single-engine CFI, multi-engine CFI, CFI Instrument. The next step after graduating from the Airline Career Pilot Program, is to build experience and flight time as a CFI. Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are guaranteed a paid instructor job with ATP, earning up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement.

Highly-Qualified Instructors

ATP's staff of experienced CFI program instructors are among the most highly-qualified and bring you an immense depth of knowledge and instructional insight, allowing you to efficiently transition from commercial pilot to certified flight instructor. Acknowledging this, ATP instructor Todd Shellnutt was recently voted the "Best Flight Instructor" in the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards.

What's Included:

  • CFI iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • CFI Ground School
  • Multi-Engine CFI Flight Instruction
  • Single-Engine CFI Flight Instruction
  • Multi-Engine CFI Initial Checkride
  • CFI Single-Engine Rating Checkride
  • CFI Instrument Rating Checkride

Typical Training Day

GGround
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

One week to go until I complete the program... My time in the program has gone by so quickly and CFI school went by even faster. This is the sprint to the finish line and my days here have consisted of trying to take all of the knowledge and skills I've gained over the course of training, and be able to effectively and concisely teach it to others. Luckily, I'm with a great group of fellow students who, with support of my instructors, have enabled me to pass my initial instructor checkride. The program has been as equally challenging as rewarding, and the total immersion, fast-track training has allowed me to build a strong foundation of knowledge and skill that I know will be with me throughout my entire airline career.

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Certified Flight Instructor

The final two months of the program are devoted to developing students into Certified Flight Instructors (CFI). Here students learn the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) and hone the ability to effectively teach and communicate all the knowledge and experience they have attained throughout the program.

Upon successful completion, students earn all three of their instructor certificates — single-engine CFI, multi-engine CFI, CFI Instrument. The next step after graduating from the Airline Career Pilot Program, is to build experience and flight time as a CFI. Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are guaranteed a paid instructor job with ATP.

What's Included:

  • CFI iPad Home Study & Briefings
  • CFI Ground School
  • Multi-Engine CFI Flight Instruction
  • Single-Engine CFI Flight Instruction
  • Multi-Engine CFI Initial Checkride
  • CFI Single-Engine Rating Checkride
  • CFI Instrument Rating Checkride

Highly-Qualified Instructors

ATP's staff of experienced CFI program instructors are among the most highly-qualified and bring you an immense depth of knowledge and instructional insight, allowing you to efficiently transition from commercial pilot to certified flight instructor. Acknowledging this, ATP instructor Todd Shellnutt was recently voted the "Best Flight Instructor" in the 2015 AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards.

Typical Training Day

GGround
FFlight
8am
noon
8pm
  • SSB: Self-Study & Briefings
  • B: Briefing
  • S: Sim
  • F: Flight
  • G: Ground

From a Student's Perspective:

One week to go until I complete the program... My time in the program has gone by so quickly and CFI school went by even faster. This is the sprint to the finish line and my days here have consisted of trying to take all of the knowledge and skills I've gained over the course of training, and be able to effectively and concisely teach it to others. Luckily, I'm with a great group of fellow students who, with support of my instructors, have enabled me to pass my initial instructor checkride. The program has been as equally challenging as rewarding, and the total immersion, fast-track training has allowed me to build a strong foundation of knowledge and skill that I know will be with me throughout my entire airline career.

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Guaranteed Instructor Job After Your Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate you are guaranteed one of the most desired flight instructor jobs in the country, where you can earn up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement and build flight experience faster than anywhere else.

Benefits of Instructing with ATP

  • Earn up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement, based on how much you fly.
  • Opportunity to instruct at any of ATP’s 42 flight training centers nationwide.
  • Gain ATP’s assistance with regional airline job placement.
  • Build multi-engine and total time quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums.
  • Multi-engine dual experience rapidly moves you to the top of PilotPool.com
  • Work with dedicated, motivated students.
  • Fly the largest fleet of standardized multi-engine aircraft.
  • Free housing available during CFI SE and CFII training in Jacksonville, FL or Phoenix, AZ.
  • Housing, furnished with no lease obligation, is available at training centers for reduced rates.

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Guarantee Eligibility

Airline Career Pilot Program graduates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for guaranteed instructor job placement:

  1. Graduate from the Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program
  2. Attend scheduled training events on time and meet knowledge test deadlines
  3. Fail no more than two checkrides (three or more checkride failures will require special review and may prevent your eligibility for guaranteed instructor job placement)
  4. Demonstrate professionalism, adherence to standard operating procedures, and uncompromising attention to safety at all times
  5. Have no prohibitive items on a ten-year background check, as required for airline employment
  6. Upon completion of your initial CFI rating, and prior to commencing training for additional instructor ratings, accept an instructor position at an agreed upon ATP Training Center.

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Guaranteed Instructor Job After Your Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate you are guaranteed one of the most desired flight instructor jobs in the country, where you can earn up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement and build flight experience faster than anywhere else.

Benefits of Instructing with ATP

  • Earn up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement, based on how much you fly.
  • Opportunity to instruct at any of ATP’s 42 flight training centers nationwide.
  • Gain ATP’s assistance with regional airline job placement.
  • Build multi-engine and total time quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums.
  • Multi-engine dual experience rapidly moves you to the top of PilotPool.com
  • Work with dedicated, motivated students.
  • Fly the largest fleet of standardized multi-engine aircraft.
  • Free housing available during CFI SE and CFII training in Jacksonville, FL or Phoenix, AZ.
  • Housing, furnished with no lease obligation, is available at training centers for reduced rates.

Learn more »

Guarantee Eligibility

Airline Career Pilot Program graduates must meet the following requirements to be eligible for guaranteed instructor job placement:

  1. Graduate from the Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program
  2. Attend scheduled training events on time and meet knowledge test deadlines
  3. Fail no more than two checkrides (three or more checkride failures will require special review and may prevent your eligibility for guaranteed instructor job placement)
  4. Demonstrate professionalism, adherence to standard operating procedures, and uncompromising attention to safety at all times
  5. Have no prohibitive items on a ten-year background check, as required for airline employment
  6. Upon completion of your initial CFI rating, and prior to commencing training for additional instructor ratings, accept an instructor position at an agreed upon ATP Training Center.

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Tuition Reimbursement Program Interview with Your Airline Between 300-500 Hours Total Time

Airlines have selected ATP as a preferred training provider to build their pilot pipelines with the best training, offering ATP graduates at least $11,000 in tuition reimbursement though ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program.

As an Airline Career Pilot Program graduate, you can begin taking advantage of this program between 300-500 hours total flight time. Here's how it works:

Step 1: Airline Career Pilot Program

Graduate from the Airline Career Pilot Program with CFIs.

Step 2: Build Experience as a Flight Instructor

Become a flight instructor with ATP — guaranteed instructor job for Airline Career Pilot Program graduates.

Step 3: Airline Interview & Airline Tuition Reimbursement

Between 300-500 hours total time, interview with your airline. If you accept the airline's offer, they make a financial contribution toward your loan payment and you make a commitment to fly for that airline. Payments are $5 per flight hour, based on how much flight time you acquire each month.

Step 4: Airline Pilot Job Placement

About two years after starting flight training, and with approximately $5,000 in airline tuition reimbursement received, you start new hire class with your airline. $500 monthly payments continue to supplement first-year airline pay for at least 12 months.

Participating Airlines

ATP is proud to announce immediate availability of the Tuition Reimbursement Program with SkyWest Airlines, Envoy Air, Horizon Air, Mesa Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Compass Airlines, Trans States Airlines, Silver Airways, Piedmont, PSA Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and CommutAir.

Envoy Air

Skywest Airlines

Mesa Airlines

Horizon Air

GoJet Airlines

Trans States Airlines

Compass Airlines

PSA Airlines

Piedmont Airlines

Silver Airways

ExpressJet Airlines

CommutAir

ATP is working with more airlines to join the program. Request more info for notification when new airlines join the program.

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Fast Track Training & Availability

ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program is the most efficient commercial pilot training you can receive. The total-immersion training maximizes your knowledge and skill retention, while putting you on the fast track to start earning income in your new career as a professional pilot.

During your Airline Career Pilot Program, full-time availability is required Monday through Friday, with weekends off, during most stages of training. During the cross-country stage, your required availability is seven days per week. Weather and checkride availability may limit some weekend time off, but generally expect weekends off.