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 WiFi + Cellular. You will need the latest version of iOS installed.
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 »
Jeppesen Charts for ForeFlight
Take Foreflight to the next level with integrated Jeppesen Charts and train using the same industry-standard resource used by the airlines. Jeppesen Charts is utilized during the instrument stage of the Airline Career Pilot Program. You will need to purchase a subscription for Jeppesen and connect it to your ForeFlight account before you arrive for trainingbefore you begin the instrument stage of training.Subscribe to Jeppesen Charts for ForeFlight »
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.
Sporty's Study Buddy
ATP recommends Sporty's Study Buddy app to prepare for the private pilot knowledge test.
Flight Test 5 App (Sheppard Air)
For FAA knowledge tests other than private pilot, ATP recommends Flight Test 5 from Sheppard Air for exam preparation and practice.
Laptop or Desktop Computer
For the best experience with virtual remote ground school over Zoom, ATP recommends students have a laptop available in addition to an iPad. Learn more about ATP's online training resources.
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
- Student & Instructor Handbook
- 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
- Wanaroam Flite 1.0 “ATP Flight Crew” Bag
- ATP Hat
- ATP Solo T-Shirt
- 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
- 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
As a future student starting in the Airline Career Pilot Program from zero time, you are responsible for completing the following two weeks before your start date:
- The ATP Orientation guided study course
- The King Schools Private Pilot Ground School & Test Prep course, up through the Communications and Radar Services section
You are encouraged, but not required, to complete the entire King Schools course before arrival. This will allow you to receive an endorsement from King Schools for the Private Pilot knowledge test and take it prior to your start date.
As a future student starting in the Airline Career Pilot Program with Credit for Private Pilot, you are responsible for completing the following two weeks before your start date:
- The ATP Orientation guided study course
- The King Schools Instrument Rating Ground School & Test Prep course, up through the Navigation section
You're also encouraged to:
- Review the Private Pilot guided study course. It contains information about how ATP operates our airplanes that will help you transition smoothly from your current flight school and equipment over to ATP’s flight operational environment.
- Earn an endorsement for the Instrument knowledge test either using King Schools (by completing the entire Instrument Rating Ground School & Test Prep course) or your test prep software (by sending ATP Training Support screenshots of 3 practice tests with scores above 90%).
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. 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. See recommended iPad study apps above. 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.
Expectation of Training Consistently
Students should be prepared and expect to fly five flights per week on average throughout the program. Some weeks will require more, some will be less due to weather and other factors. It takes an average of five flights per week to complete the program in the prescribed time frame. Students active in managing their program will communicate with their instructor if they feel they should be scheduled more. After speaking with your instructor, if your schedule is still not leading to this level of activity, students should reach out to their local Training Support Specialist, Training Support Manager, or Training Support at Admin.
Need Schedule Flexibility? ATP offers a Flex Track option for working professionals, college students and those who need schedule flexibility.