Preparing for Your Airline Career Pilot Program

Select your starting point:

Documents & Identification

Bring the following official documents with you for check-in on day one:

Mobile Phone

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 (contact your carrier for pricing plans and details). 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 Intelligent Apps for Pilots.

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 »

Discounted ForeFlight

ATP students are eligible for a discounted ForeFlight subscription.

ForeFlight Discount Instructions »

Optional iPad Apps

Foreflight Intelligent Apps for Pilots.

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.

Foreflight Intelligent Apps for Pilots.


ATP also recommends purchasing the ASA FAR/AIM App for fast, offline access to FARs. Included in your training bundle is a hardcopy of the FAR/AIM and you can also use the free eCFR website for reference to the FARs.

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 start date. Learn more about the ATP Training Bundle.

Pilot Gear

In addition to the training aids included in your ATP Training Bundle, you will also need this pilot gear, available on

Dress Code

During training, students must maintain a professional appearance and adhere to the dress code.

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

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.

ATP Housing

If you’re using ATP housing, you will need to bring the following:

Student Extranet

ATP’s Student Extranet is web-based flight training management system featuring:

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.

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 start date. These tests consist entirely of multiple-choice questions drawn from a predefined database, so with the right prep software you can get a good score even before you start one-on-one training with our flight instructors. Taking the knowledge tests before your start 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?

Self-Study Required Before Class Date

Prior to arrival, start the Intro to Instrument Self-Study Course in Student Extranet.

This will help provide the knowledge you need to operate as an instrument pilot, and will enable efficient use of your time when you arrive at the training center.

No later than two weeks before your class date, complete the King Schools Private Pilot Ground School and Test Prep courseware, in Student Extranet, up through the Communications and Radar Services section.

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 Self-Study by the deadline, ATP may delay your class date.


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.


For any questions completing this checklist, please contact ATP Training Support Team at 904-595-7992 or [email protected].