Spirit Airlines Pilot Direct Program

Spirit® Airlines and ATP Flight School Launch New Program for Next Generation of Pilots

Miramar, FL — February 10, 2022

Spirit Airlines today announced its partnership with the nation’s largest flight school, Jacksonville-based ATP Flight School. The new Spirit Direct Program will expand the carrier’s pipeline of highly skilled, professional pilots to include ATP’s more than 2,000 qualified students and flight instructors. It also provides graduates with the fastest track to a successful career as a Spirit pilot amid the airline’s continued growth.

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ATP's prestigious Airline Career Pilot Program and Spirit Direct Program will immerse students in a two-year training that develops line-ready, Spirit A320 family pilots. Students begin their journey with a seven-month training toward their multi-engine commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates along with their instrument rating. As students progress to ATP instructors they continue to build flight experience working to advance to first officer with Spirit Airlines.

“ATP is well-known for developing top-notch airline pilots, making them the perfect match as we continue to grow and give our Guests more destinations to discover,” said Ryan Rodosta, Senior Director of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot. “Spirit has one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, and we fly to world-class destinations across the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Our fleet is growing fast and creating tremendous career-progression opportunities.”

ATP is well-known for developing top-notch airline pilots, making them the perfect match as we continue to grow and give our Guests more destinations to discover…

Ryan Rodosta

Senior Director of Flight Operations and System Chief Pilot — Spirit Airlines

“In just seven months, graduates of ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program earn their commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates, then through the Spirit Direct Program can advance straight to Spirit as Airbus first officers after 1,500 hours of flight time,” said Michael Arnold, Director of Marketing, ATP Flight School. “We are incredibly proud to partner with Spirit in bringing ATP graduates the fastest track to become airline pilots and the opportunity to quickly establish a rewarding career.”

In just seven months, graduates of ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program earn their commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates, then through the Spirit Direct Program can advance straight to Spirit as Airbus first officers after 1,500 hours of flight time…

Michael Arnold

Director of Marketing — ATP Flight School

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Spirit Airlines partners with ATP Flight School

About ATP Flight School Training Pilots Since 1984

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 484 aircraft fly over 40,500 hours each month to provide over 8,949 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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