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ATP Places 8 Pilots with Pinnacle Airlines During On-Site Interviews

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — September 7, 2006

“I can honestly say that the ATP crew does care about their students and instructors. No other company works as hard to place their students in an airline job.”

On Wednesday, August 30, Pinnacle Airlines’ Chief Pilot, Human Resources Representatives, and members of a Captains’ Board interviewed 11 pilot applicants on-site at Airline Transport Professional’s (ATP’s) headquarters in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Out of these 11 applicants, Pinnacle hired eight First Officers for mid-September class dates. These applicants were top-of-their-class candidates with 300 to 600 hours of logged flight time.

ATP is very happy with the ongoing success of graduates receiving job offers with specially reduced minimums in ATP’s Pinnacle Hiring Alliance Letter. These most recent airline placements secure ATP’s position as the leading provider of pilots to the regional airlines. This year alone ATP has assisted 78 pilots in achieving their career goals—more than any other single flight school or academy. See our placements page »

One of the applicants, Troy Brown, wrote in an email after his interview and acceptance, “I can honestly say that the ATP crew does care about their students and instructors.  No other company works as hard to place their students in an airline job. Thanks to the entire ATP staff for working not only to form alliances with the airlines, but also working to schedule interviews for your students and instructors on-site in Jacksonville.”

This is the second time Pinnacle has conducted interviews on-site with ATP. Pinnacle continues to be pleased with the level of technical proficiency and interpersonal skills demonstrated by ATP graduates. Terry Mefford, Chief Pilot, Pinnacle Airlines, writes, “We are pleased to establish our Alliance program with Airline Transport Professionals, Inc. I look forward to working with you, your staff and students and am confident we will have a highly successful program that will be mutually beneficial to all.”

In 1984 ATP pioneered accelerated, professional multi-engine flight training with an emphasis on pilot career development. Today ATP’s Airline Training Programs prepare pilots for airline careers with nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. Airline hiring partnership letters recognize the value of this experience by offering ATP pilots specially reduced flight time minimums for airline employment, enabling pilots to reach their career goals faster. ATP flies over 5,000 hours and provides more than 300 FAA pilot certifications each month at 22 locations nationwide.

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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 592 aircraft fly over 536,000 hours each year to provide over 12,200 FAA pilot certificates and ratings. 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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