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Five Airlines Hire 22 First Officers During On-Site Interviews at ATP February 12-16, 2007

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Florida — February 21, 2007

Four of the leading regional airlines, including ASA; Trans States Airlines; American Eagle; and Pinnacle Airlines, interviewed 24 pilot applicants during an on-site airline-hiring event at ATP headquarters. Twenty-two pilot applicants received firm class dates or conditional offers of employment, based on successful completion of ATP’s Regional Jet Standards Certification course and simulator evaluation. Many applicants received offers from more than one airline.

Accelerating growth has the regional airlines struggling to meet demand for pilots. Airlines are turning to ATP’s on-site hiring events to help fill classes. ATP facilitated the interviews for pilots with flight time as low as 350 hours total time, and 100 hours multi-engine time. Applicants were able to interview before meeting published airline minimums thanks to the Airline Pilot Hiring Agreement letters ATP has established with the airlines.

The agreements are based on completion of ATP’s Regional Jet Standards Certification program, which prepares pilots for the airlines with airline-style training in a CRJ-200 FTD, and a comprehensive ground school covering jet aircraft systems, flight deck management, jet automation, crew resource management, flight management systems (FMS), and electronic flight instrumentation systems (EFIS). Regional airline pilots developed and teach the course, providing the added benefit of real-world operating experience to the learning environment.

With the success of these 22 applicants, ATP remains the leading provider of pilots to the regional airlines. In the last 12 months, ATP has assisted over 175 pilots with achieving their career goals—more than any other single flight school or academy. The next on-site hiring event will take place in March. SkyWest and ATP will host a career seminar at ATP’s Daytona Beach Training Center.

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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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