Preparing for Your Airline Career Pilot Program
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Documents & Identification
Bring the following official documents with you for check-in on your class date:
- Un-expired, Valid US Passport, OR
- Original or Certified Copy of Government-Issued Birth Certificate
(Birth certificate must meet acceptable criteria.)
- FAA First Class Medical Certificate
(Find a qualified Aeromedical Examiner at FAA.gov)
- Proof of a Physical Address (not a PO Box) using your government-issued photo ID or one of the Acceptable Forms Of Applicant Address Verification found on page 3 of the Authorization Requirements Matrix.
- Private Pilot License
- Log Book(s), with at least:
- 78 Hours Total Time
- 8 Hours Cross-Country Time
You must have a mobile phone with SMS/text messaging to receive important communications from ATP during your training. Your carrier may charge standard text messaging rates based on your wireless plan. ATP recommends an unlimited text messaging plan, since you may send/receive 100+ text messages per month related to ATP training.
You must have an iPad for your training library, and charts and plates.
ATP requires students to have an iPad with iOS 10.3 or later with WiFi + Cellular. Some features in ForeFlight Mobile require iOS 11 or higher.
Cellular is required because it provides the GPS receiver for ForeFlight and improves situational awareness. You do not have to activate a cellular data plan to use the GPS.
ATP recommends the medium-sized iPads (10.5” iPad Pro or 9.7" iPad) which balance ease of studying with a practical size for use in the airplane. Pick whichever model you like best. Please note that ForeFlight no longer supports the iPad 1, 2, 3, iPad Mini 1, iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPod Touch 4 and older.
For more details, see ForeFlight’s Buying Guide.
Third Party Apps
Students will need to purchase and download a few third-party applications directly from the iTunes App Store.
Required iPad Apps
ForeFlight Mobile EFB App
You will need to purchase the ForeFlight Mobile EFB app. Please have it downloaded before you arrive for training.Download ForeFlight Mobile EFB »
ATP students are eligible for a discounted ForeFlight subscription.
Optional iPad Apps
King Schools Companion App
ATP recommends downloading the free King Schools Companion App, which enables you to download and take video lessons from their Ground School and Test Prep courses.
ATP Training Bundle
When you schedule your program, ATP will send you the following training materials. Check your packing list and contents against the list below. Bring everything to the training center on your class date. Learn more about the ATP Training Bundle.
- ATP Training Supplements:
- Cessna 172 Training Supplement
- Piper Archer Training Supplement
- Cross-Country Flight Planning Supplement
- Piper Seminole Training Supplement
- Crew Procedures Training Supplement
- ForeFlight & Chart Training Supplement
- FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) / Practical Test Standards (PTS):
- Private Pilot
- Flight Instructor Single-Engine
- Flight Instructor Multi-Engine
- Flight Instructor Instrument
- Manual Flight Computer
- Rotating Azimuth Plotter
- Pilot Logbook
- ATP Flight Crew Backpack
- 5× ATP Dri-Fit Polo shirts
- FAA Handbooks:
- Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
- Airplane Flying Handbook
- Instrument Flying Handbook
- Aviation Instructor's Handbook
- ASA FAR/AIM
- Oral Exam Guides:
- Kneeboard suitable for iPad
- Flashlight (Recommend MagLite or Smith & Wesson brands.
Flashlights with colored lenses recommended to protect night vision.)
- Travel Bag (carry on size)
- View Limiting Device
- VFR Sectional Chart
(You’ll use your iPad for most flight planning, but a
paper sectional is helpful during Private Pilot training.)
During training, students must maintain a professional appearance and adhere to the dress code.
- Chino-style pants or shorts (solid colors)
- Long or short sleeve shirts with collar (solid colors)
- Closed toed shoes (no sandals, flip-flops)
- (Expanded uniform policy)
ATP provides student uniform shirts at no cost to students enrolled in the Airline Career Pilot Program. At the time of scheduling, provide your shirt size and five free ATP Dri-Fit Polo shirts will be included in your training bundle. To order additional shirts and other ATP gear, students can go directly through PilotMall.com.
Prior to receiving your ATP uniform shirts, students are permitted to wear solid color, collared shirts.
You will need a vehicle for transportation to and from the training center.
If you’re using ATP housing, you will need to bring the following:
- Linens for twin size mattress
- Bath linens
ATP’s Student Extranet is web-based flight training management system featuring:
- Program Outline
- Lesson Plans
- Guided Independent Study Courses
- Reference Library
- Statement of Account
Sign-in to Student Extranet by clicking “Student Sign-In” on the ATP home page. On your first visit, click the “Register” tab, and enter your cell phone number. The system will send you a temporary password by text message for your first sign-in.
Guided Independent Study Required Before Class Date
The entire "Private Pilot (with King Schools)" guided independent study course must be completed no later than two weeks prior to your class date. Once you complete the "Private Pilot (with King Schools)" guided independent study, please take the practice written exams in the King Schools course.
This will help provide the knowledge you need to operate as a private pilot, and will enable efficient use of your time when you arrive at the training center. If you do not complete the Private Pilot Guided Independent Study by the deadline, ATP may delay your class date.
All "Intro to Instrument Guided Independent Study Modules" must be completed no later than two weeks prior to your class date.
Get Ahead: Taking One Or More FAA Knowledge Tests Before Starting ATP
ATP encourages new students to complete their FAA Airman Knowledge Tests before their class date. Upon scheduling, you gain immediate access to King Schools' Private Pilot and Instrument Ground School courses, and Sheppard Air Test Preps. Using these tools, you can get a great score on your FAA Knowledge Tests before your class date. Taking the knowledge tests before your class date removes a possible source of program delays, and allows you to focus on your flight and ground training. How Can I Take Knowledge Tests Before My Class Date for a Head Start?
ATP encourages new students to complete their FAA Airman Knowledge Tests before their class date. Upon scheduling, you gain immediate access to King Schools' Instrument Ground School course and Sheppard Air Test Preps. Using these tools, you can get a great score on your FAA Knowledge Tests before your class date. Taking the knowledge tests before your class date removes a possible source of program delays, and allows you to focus on your flight and ground training. How Can I Take Knowledge Tests Before My Class Date for a Head Start?
Your first payment will be due upon arrival at the training center.
If you’re financing your training, make sure that your financing process is complete and that your Student Extranet account shows the first loan disbursement pending.
For non-loan payments, please review the payment schedule and your Student Extranet account for amounts due.
Acceptable payment methods include personal and company checks, cashier’s checks, certified checks, and money orders payable to “Airline Transport Professionals.”
Arrive at the Training Center
Plan to arrive at 8:00 AM local time to meet your assigned flight instructor and begin the check-in. Please see our training center directory for addresses and directions to your training center.