Preparing for Your Airline Career Pilot Program
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Documents & Identification
Bring the following official documents with you for check-in on day one:
- Un-expired, Valid US Passport (Blue), 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:
- 80 Hours Total 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 (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 9.2 or later with WiFi + Cellular.
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 (9.7” iPad Pro or iPad Air 2) which balance ease of studying with a practical size for use in the airplane. Pick whichever model you like best. If you already have an older model iPad, it will work fine provided it meets the minimum requirements of iOS 9.2 and WiFi + Cellular.
For more details, see ForeFlight’s Buying Guide.
You will need to purchase a few apps directly from the iTunes App Store. Please have these downloaded before you arrive for training.
ATP recommends also purchasing the ASA FAR/AIM App for fast, offline access to FARs. Alternatively, you will use the free eCFR website for FAR reference.
ATP students are eligible for a discounted ForeFlight subscription.
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.
- ATP Training Supplements:
- Cessna 172 Training Supplement
- Piper Archer Training Supplement (Archer locations only)
- 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
- FAA Handbooks:
- Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
- Airplane Flying Handbook
- Instrument Flying Handbook
- Aviation Instructor's Handbook
- Oral Exam Guides:
In addition to the training aids included in your ATP Training Bundle, you will also need this pilot gear, available on PilotMall.com:
- 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 Airline Career Pilot Program students. Additional shirts may be purchased.
Two weeks prior to your scheduled start date, you will receive an ATPGear.com voucher code via email. Shirts will be delivered to your chosen training center. Prior to receiving them, 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
- Payment for housing
ATP’s Student Extranet is web-based flight training management system featuring:
- Program Outline
- Lesson Plans
- Self-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.
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 Intro to Private Pilot Self-Study Course in Student Extranet.
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.