Getting the Job

A Flying Career Can Take Many Shapes

Aircraft aren’t the only fast movers in the aviation industry today. With all the job prospects available for well-trained pilots now, it is the most exciting industry in the world to begin and pursue a career. You can begin flight training today and be flying a Boeing 787 across the Atlantic before you are through. That is fantastic news to veterans of the airline industry, and it is only one track that you can take once you have become a commercial pilot. Here are a few:
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Interview with an Airline Recruiter – Republic Airways

ATP has very close relationships with all of the Regional Airlines in the United States, and we recently reached out to them to ask their recruiters what they have to say to ATP flight training students as well as all of those who are considering entering the airline industry by training with ATP. We received the following reply from Republic Airways Director of Talent Acquisition Jody Scott, and I would like to share it with you:
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The Benefits of Becoming an Airline Pilot

I am often asked by those who are interested in becoming an airline pilot why I became an airline pilot and what I liked the best about it. The first thing that comes to mind is that I was paid a good amount of money to fly for a living. And as it was in my case if you have a real passion for flying then being paid to do what you love is the best job in the world.
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Train for New Hire Airline Training with ATP

ATP has been training pilots preparing for their first airline job for nearly a decade. Our Regional Jet Program focuses on making a successful transition to new hire training. We have sent over 425 pilots to the airlines in the last twelve months, thousands over the last ten years, and they have done exceptionally well in new-hire training.
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From Students to First Officers in Two Years

In early August, I wrote about three close friends who did their flight training with ATP and then went on to instruct for us together at our Daytona Beach Flight Training Center. Sherry Shoemake, Louis Valasquez and Vince Viorde were hired at the same time by Republic Airlines through Republic’s Pipeline Program with ATP. All three then went to Indianapolis together to begin new-hire training so they can fly the new Embraer E175’s that Republic is acquiring.
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Expanding Pilot Groups Means a Short Wait for Upgrade to Captain

I recently surveyed our Regional Airline partners about how long it is taking new First Officers to upgrade to Captains at their airline. Across the spectrum of regional airlines the same can be said, upgrade times are coming down. What this means is that the discussion about entry level pay in the regional airlines becomes pointless when you can expect to make Captain, along with the 50% increase in pay, in your second year of flying with your new airline.
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Mesa Airlines Brings New Embraer 175 to ATP Daytona

Mesa Airlines flew their latest new E175 fresh from Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil to the ATP Jet Center adjacent to ATP’s Daytona Beach Flight Training Center to show our Instructors and Students what they will be flying soon. The aircraft is the second of 30 on order by United to incorporate into Mesa’s growing United Express fleet.

IMG_6177Mesa has been hiring a lot of our pilots to fly these aircraft as well as new CRJ900s that Mesa is adding to their fleet. Their rapidly expanding fleet is being flown by Mesa’s expanding group of pilots, many of whom were in training with ATP not long ago.

IMG_0592Joining a growing pilot group, such as Mesa’s, results in much less time spent on reserve, as well as being granted desired crew bases and aircraft sooner then anytime in the recent past. Pilots who recently left ATP to fly for Mesa are nearing upgrade to Captain within a few months, after only being there a year, and I will be writing about them soon.

IMG_0612Mesa has promised to bring more new E175s to our Flight Training Centers over the next few months, please come out to take a look. If you do, and want a career flying one of these marvels for a living remember that ATP can get you there and get you there first.