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Guaranteed Instructor Job After Your Fast Track Airline Career Pilot Program

Build the Experience and Flight Time You Need

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.

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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.

With the 100+ Hour Multi-Engine Option for the Airline Career Pilot Program you are guaranteed a multi-engine instructor position with ATP.

Get Paid to Fly

Earn up to $42,000 annually with airline tuition reimbursement, based on how much you fly.

Job Placement

Gain ATP’s assistance with regional airline job placement.

Gain Experience

Build flight experience quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring minimums.

Largest Training Fleet

Fly the largest fleet of standardized multi- and single-engine aircraft.

Housing Options

Furnished housing, with no lease obligation, is available at reduced rates.

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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.

Instructor Fees Chart

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 Admissions 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

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Airline Tuition Reimbursement Program

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.

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Envoy Cadet Program

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.

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Guarantee EligibilityFlight Instructor Requirements

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

  1. Graduate from the Airline Career Pilot Program with CFI & II and complete within 120% of program duration
  2. Meet availability and proficiency requirements that support on-time graduation
  3. Fail no more than two practical tests (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-focused decisions at all times
  5. Have no prohibitive items on a ten-year background check, as required for airline employment
  6. Commit to an available training center assignment within 2 weeks of graduation. (After 2 weeks, the instructor position is no longer guaranteed.)
  7. Complete approximately 1 week of Instructor Indoc (an ATP on-boarding and proficiency program) in Jacksonville or Phoenix
  8. Graduate from the 100+ Hour Multi-Engine Option to be eligible for a guaranteed multi-engine instructor position.

Instructor Indoc

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.

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Airline Career Pilot Program graduates are being hired by the airlines

“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.”

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