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 18-22 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 more than 100 hours per month: $23.00 / Hr
Fly more than 80 hours per month: $17.25 / Hr
Fly more than 60 hours per month: $11.50 / Hr
Fly less than 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.
After graduating the Airline Career Pilot Program with your Certified Flight Instructor certificate with the recommendation of your CFI Academy instructor, you will be required to attend ATP Instructor Indoc in either Jacksonville or Phoenix 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 for 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 38 Locations Across the Country
Upon graduating from the Airline Career Pilot Program, ATP will offer you a selection of training centers from which to choose for your guaranteed instructor job with ATP. Typically, about 10 of ATP's 38 flight training centers will have instructor positions available at any given time. Specific training centers’ availability changes constantly, based on instructors advancing to airlines and current and future student load. We cannot guarantee that you will have an instructor position at your original training center, but you will have many options to choose from. If you do not select from among the available training centers, ATP has met its guarantee obligation. As an ATP graduate, you are always welcome to re-apply when your desired training center becomes available.
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.”