Benefits of Instructing With ATPFlight Instructor Overview
Your guaranteed position as an ATP flight instructor is the next career step to build the experience and flight time you need. With guaranteed instructor job placement through ATP, in about 18-24 months you will build the flight experience required for the ATP Certificate and 1500-hour airline hiring minimums.
The More You Fly, The More You EarnIncreasing Rate Based on How Much You Fly
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. As an ATP flight instructor, the more you fly, the more you earn, with an increasing flight hour rate based on how much you fly.
The chart below compares how this increasing rate affects your monthly earnings.
Estimated Monthly Earnings Based on Hours Flown
In addition to a $1,150 per month ground school guarantee and other rates for FTD hours, evaluations, exam proctoring, and Introductory Training Flights, the hourly pay rate per flight hour increases with the number of hours flown that month.
Fly 100+ hours per month: $23.00 / Hr
Fly 80+ hours per month: $17.25 / Hr
Fly 60+ hours per month: $11.50 / Hr
Fly under 60 hours per month: $8.63 / Hr
$100 (Private, Instrument, Commercial) and $50 (add-on rating) Bonus
when your applicants pass the oral portion of a practical test on the first attempt
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.
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.
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.
Initial Operating Experience
Upon starting at your assigned training center, you will conduct local training center standardization, which includes a familiarization flight with a lead instructor, and an orientation to the local airspace, DPEs, hotspots, and local safety considerations. For the first 8 weeks of your training center assignment, you will gain initial operating experience as a CFI by delivering group ground schools, and AATD lessons for Private and Instrument stage students, both with a pay override to compensate for the lack of flight hour fees and checkride pass fees. To maintain flight proficiency, you will be offered introductory flights and flights with students in the crew cross-country stage. After a maximum of 8 weeks, you will be eligible for student assignments as their primary instructor. ATP instructors must maintain a 75% or better first-time pass rate for endorsed applicants (after gaining at least 200 hours dual given experience).
Training Center Assignments 41 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.
What it Takes to be a Flight Instructor
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What it Takes to be a Flight Instructor
“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.”