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ATP Receives First of 16 Glass Cockpit Diamond Stars

JACKSONVILLE, Florida—December 14, 2004

On December 9, 2004, Airline Transport Professionals, Inc. (ATP) received the first of 16 new glass-cockpit, G1000-equipped DA40 Diamond Stars to be used exclusively in ATP’s new Direct Track extension of the Airline Career Pilot Program. These 16 new aircraft reflect ATP’s ongoing commitment to train the best-prepared first officer candidates for the competitive Regional Airline pilot job market.

All 16 of the Diamond DA40s will be equipped with Garmin’s G1000 integrated avionics system that integrates all primary flight, navigation, communication, terrain, traffic, and Engine Instrumentation and Crew Alerting System (EICAS) data on two 10.4-inch, high definition LCDs. Direct Track students will benefit from up to 320 hours of glass-cockpit DA40 flight time, preparing them for First Officer positions with Regional Airlines that fly glass cockpit regional jets.

DA40 Diamond Star with Garmin G1000 Glass Cockpit

“We are pleased to see that ATP is staying in the Garmin family as it transitions in its training program from GNS 430-equipped aircraft to a fleet featuring our G1000 glass cockpit, which will better prepare new pilots for careers using glass cockpits in commercial airliners and newer corporate aircraft,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s Director of Marketing.

Direct Track adds 320 hours of EFIS cross-country experience and 40 hours of CRJ-200 FTD experience to the Airline Career Pilot Program’s 140 hours of nationwide multi-engine cross-country experience and actual Citation jet IOE. By gaining valuable glass cockpit experience, ATP graduates will have a decided advantage during the transition from reciprocating aircraft to state-of-the-art Regional Jets. Direct Track will be offered initially in Jacksonville, Florida, and Dallas, Texas, with additional locations planned as the DA40 fleet grows.

“Not only will the G1000-equipped DA40s better prepare pilots for the transition to glass cockpit jets, but most importantly they will improve safety with the Terrain Awareness and Warning System and Traffic Information System,” said Jim Koziarski, ATP’s Vice President of Flight Operations.

For over 20 years, ATP has provided professional, accelerated flight training to pilots across the nation. ATP’s Airline Training Programs prepare students for airline pilot careers with an emphasis on nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. Additional flight training courses cover all certification levels from Private to ATP and Certified Flight Instructor certificates. Every month ATP flies over 5,000 hours and provides more than 300 FAA pilot certifications, strengthening ATP’s reputation as the most respected name in pilot certification.

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ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, with CFI jobs and airline employment. Addressing the pilot shortage, airlines attract new pilots to the industry with ATP's Tuition Reimbursement Program, where airlines sponsor a portion of pilots' flight training loan repayment. ATP also provides type-rating and ATP CTP certification. ATP's 396 aircraft fly over 28,600 hours each month to provide over 8,876 FAA pilot certificates and ratings each year. As America's largest flight school, ATP is the leading supplier of professionally trained pilots to the nation's regional airlines.

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