ATP’s Company History
Founded in 1984 by its current President and executive management team, ATP has steadily grown to become the largest flight training company in the United States. Through efficient, highly focused training towards FAA pilot certification, ATP prepares men and women for professional pilot careers with airlines, corporate flight departments, air charter companies, flight schools, and U.S. military pilot slots.
From its first location in Atlanta, Georgia, ATP pioneered cost-effective, accelerated, multi-engine flight training with an emphasis on pilot career development. Among its first customers were U.S. military pilots seeking their Airline Transport Pilot Certificate to transition to airline careers, and civilian pilots seeking enhanced multi-engine and flight instructor ratings to further their professional pilot careers.
ATP later expanded its course offering to include its Airline Career Pilot Program, an ab-initio training program for U.S. students to train from Private Pilot thru Commercial Pilot with Flight Instructor Certificates. This highly successful program led ATP to become the number one source of pilots to the regional airlines, having the highest ratio of airline placements to students of any flight school, aviation college, or flight academy.
Under the leadership of active and former airline pilots and U.S. military aviators, ATP now operates the largest flight training fleet of 463 aircraft, including 92 multi-engine aircraft. ATP flies over 38,700 hours per month to provide over 8,344 pilot certifications annually at 71 flight training centers nationwide.
Thousands of U.S. military and civilian pilots have come to ATP for over 35 years by word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied professional pilots. ATP's commitment to low prices; efficient, standardized, and effective flight training programs; and—most importantly—the highest level of safety continues to exceed customers' expectations. In the professional pilot community, ATP's reputation for excellence has become common knowledge.