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Corey Simons, Ameriflight

Ameriflight hired ATP grad Corey Simons in April, 2014.

Cullen Bilgrav, Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines hired ATP grad Cullen Bilgrav in April, 2014.

John Steinberg,

USA Jet Airlines hired ATP grad John Steinberg in April, 2014.

Robert Steinberg,

USA Jet Airlines hired ATP grad Robert Steinberg in April, 2014.

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Regional Airline Pilot Unions Unite for Higher Pay

Posted on | April 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Chairmen of unions representing the 13 largest regional airline pilot groups in the US and Canada released a letter announcing the formation of a group in which all of these unions will coordinate their negotiating efforts and support each other in the effort to improve pay rates and working conditions at all of the Regional Airlines.
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ATP Sends One of Its Best to the US Navy

Posted on | April 16, 2014 | No Comments

ATP has seen graduates of its Airline Career Pilot Program gravitate to great flying jobs in every part of aviation, including proudly flying for the best military in the world. Lieutenant(JG) John McFerren is just such an aviator who is also an old friend of mine and he wrote to me to let me know how he went from a student at ATP to flying for The Red Lions of HELSEACOMBATRON FIFTEEN.
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The Pilot Shortage: Myth or Poor Management?

Posted on | April 11, 2014 | No Comments

The pilot shortage is not a myth, it is cold stark reality and the effects are easy to see. So while different sides continue to fight over the underlying cause of the shortage, the real winners in this situation are the Pilots.
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Pay Begins Rising for Regional Pilots with a 21% Increase

Posted on | April 9, 2014 | No Comments

The pilot shortage has affected the entire Airline Industry, but nowhere is the pain felt as much is in the Regional Airlines. Some Regional Airlines have had to park some of their aircraft because they could not find enough pilots to fly them. At least two Airlines have significantly raised the pay rates for their pilots, beginning a trend that will surely spread to the other Regional Airlines soon.
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Road-Map From Student to Airline Pilot

Posted on | April 7, 2014 | No Comments

I travel around the United States talking with all kinds of people who are interested in aviation. Some of the most enjoyable conversations are with people who want to fly airplanes for a living, and are looking for answers to their questions about how to get there. When I am asked these questions I often refer to a road-map that I drew up to show that a career in aviation can be achieved, and that we know how you can do it and I want to share it with you:
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What Has Caused the Present Shortage of Pilots in the US?

Posted on | March 28, 2014 | No Comments

The discussion about the current shortage of qualified commercial pilots applying to the Regional Airlines for flying jobs has become loud and contentious. I recently saw an excellent video explanation of all the reasons for the pilot shortage explained calmly, simply and accurately.
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The Pilot Shortage Strikes Again

Posted on | March 21, 2014 | No Comments

The much discussed shortage of new airline pilots forced another US regional airline to take drastic action. Phoenix based Mesa Air Group, which owns and operates regionals Mesa Airlines and Go!, announced that its Hawaiian based airline Go! will cease operations by the end of March.
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SkyWest to Accept First Enhanced E175, Mesa and Republic to Get the Same Soon

Posted on | March 13, 2014 | No Comments

SkyWest Airlines has announced that it will take delivery of the first 76 seat Embraer E175 performance-enhanced aircraft during the last week in March of this year.
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Join ATP at Women in Aviation 2014

Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments

Representatives of ATP will be attending the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference which will be held from Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Orlando, FL. This year’s Conference will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

We will be looking forward to being part of the event which focuses on the tactics and strategies necessary to develop successful aviation careers. More than 4,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry are expected to attend, as well as keynote speakers and representatives from all sides of the aviation industry.

If you come to the WIA Conference this year, please stop by booth 301 and talk to us about how to successfully begin a career in aviation.

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Success Story: From Student to Instructor to First Officer

Posted on | February 26, 2014 | No Comments

While here at ATP I get the chance to meet a lot of very interesting people who come to ATP with only their ambitions and the willingness to work hard to get where they want to go. With those tools they are molded into student-pilots and then into professional aviators who in a relatively short time will join the Airline Industry as talented First Officers. These men and women move on to very successful careers in aviation, and at times they get a chance to look back and share with us how they achieved their career goals. Justin Kaiser is one such pilot that I have been fortunate enough to meet and know and help in some small way, and I want to share his experiences with you:
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Paul Templeton ATP Regional Jet Director

Paul Templeton is ATP's Regional Jet Program Director, and a regular contributor to His extensive experience in the Regional Airline environment gives him insight into the continually changing status of the industry. He served as Captain for 12 years at Piedmont Airlines and was also Chairman of the Master Executive Council for ALPA, representing Piedmont Airlines.


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