ATP CTP FAQs

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Simulator & FTD

What aircraft is used for simulator and FTD training?

CRJ-200, ERJ-145, MD-80, B-737, B-757, B-767, and A-320. We reserve the right to substitute different aircraft as dictated by schedule demands.

What time will simulator sessions be scheduled?

Full motion simulator sessions are conducted at airline training centers that operate 24/7. Expect your simulator session to be scheduled any time of day or night, just like airline training. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from all training centers.

ATM Knowledge Test

How do I schedule my ATM knowledge test?

You may schedule your ATM knowledge test during ATP CTP check-in at ATP's Dallas or Phoenix Testing Center.

What if I fail?

If you fail the ATM knowledge test, you must accomplish retraining with an ATP CTP approved instructor. The process for obtaining retesting authorization is carefully controlled by the FAA, and ATP has the ATM Airman Knowledge Test Retraining Program available to facilitate the process.

It’s much better to prepare ahead using the Sheppard Air Flight Test software. We do not recommend taking the ATM knowledge test without this additional prep.

Expiration Dates & Deadlines

Does the ATP CTP Graduation Certificate expire?

No, the ATP CTP graduation certificate does not expire. The ATM knowledge test is valid for five years, by which time you must pass the ATP practical test.

Unique Situations

I just want my ATP single-engine rating. Do I need to do the Certification Training Program (CTP)?

No. FAR 61.153 and 61.156 specify that the CTP is only required for pilots seeking an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category multiengine class rating, or an airline transport pilot certificate obtained concurrently with an airplane type rating.

I already hold my ATP single-engine rating, and I want to add on multi-engine privileges to that license. Do I need to do the CTP?

Yes. As part of the regulatory changes taking effect on 1 August 2014, the FAA is splitting the ATP-airplane written into two separate tests: the ATP-airplane single engine (ATS) and the ATP-airplane multi engine (ATM). Adding a multi-engine rating to your existing single-engine ATP will require you to take the new ATM exam, as specified in FAR 61.165(f):

(f) Adding a multiengine class rating or airplane type rating to an airline transport pilot certificate with a single engine class rating. A person applying to add a multiengine class rating or airplane type rating to an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category single engine class rating must—...

(2) After July 31, 2014, pass a required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas of §61.155(c), as applicable to multiengine airplanes.

Per FAR 61.153, a pilot must complete the CTP before taking the ATM written exam.

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