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ATP Flight School and Mountain Air Cargo Form Preferred Hiring Gateway Program

ATP Flight School and Mountain Air Cargo have reconfirmed their partnership and a shared commitment to developing professional pilots, through forming a Preferred Hiring Gateway program and promoting a career path to FedEx with the Purple Runway Pathways program.

By taking advantage of this unique partnership, ATP instructors are provided with streamlined advancement to a pilot position with Mountain Air Cargo. This career path for Airline Career Pilot Program graduates offers pilots the opportunity to gain valuable pilot in command time and part 121 and 135 flight experience while being mentored by senior pilots. Tuition Reimbursement Programs are also available through feeder operators.

After 6 months of employment with Mountain Air Cargo, eligible ATP graduates have the opportunity to enter the Purple Runway Pathways program, providing an efficient and direct path to a pilot career at FedEx. This innovative program offers ATP instructors who become Mountain Air Cargo pilots and are accepted into the Purple Runway Pathways program the opportunity to participate in the FedEx pilot selection process and interview, once required qualifications are met. This program makes ATP and Mountain Air Cargo the first and last stop for aspiring pilots seeking a career with the world’s largest freight operator.

Bombardier Launches Innovative New 50-Seat Regional Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced the launch of a completely new regional jet. The new CRJ550, the first triple-class 50-seat aircraft in the world designed to offer more comfort to today’s regional airline passengers. The CRJ550 is a new CRJ Series aircraft model, based on the CRJ700. United Airlines is the launch customer of this new model, and the new aircraft will be flown by United Express carrier GoJet.

“The new CRJ550 model is the only solution in North America that can replace the existing fleet of ageing 50-seaters, a market of over 700 aircraft, said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. It offers improved passenger experience with ample on-board storage for carry-on bags and more passenger living space. This is one more example of how we are focusing on creating value for our customers and a very important endorsement from United in regards to the CRJ platform.”

The CRJ550 will feature a self-serve beverage and snack station and more overall legroom per seat than any other 50-seat aircraft flown by any U.S. carrier, in addition to all the benefits for which the CRJ Series aircraft are known.

Aircraft manufacturers are developing new aircraft in response to the expanding airline industry around the world, driven by the record number of passengers who want to fly to their destinations. This expansion has created an incredible demand for new airline pilots and created opportunities to become airline pilots and fly for the airlines.

ATP graduates are meeting and exceeding their career objectives and positioning themselves for multi-million dollar careers flying for the airlines and programs such as ATP’s Tuition Reimbursement Program are helping them succeed. These pilots will arrive for new-hire training at these airlines ahead of their competition, and enjoy all the benefits of greater seniority, because they chose to train with the school that has a thirty-year history of setting pilots on the path to success: ATP.

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Fallout from the Global Pilot Shortage

The pilot shortage affecting airlines in the United States has become a problem for airline operations around the world, including our biggest and best airlines as reported on SeekingAlpha.com. FedEx has the highest paid pilots in the world but still needs to take action to deal with the fast-growing airline industry. The following news shows the opportunities made available for those willing to train for careers flying for the airlines. Continue reading

Why Take an ATP-CTP Course?

We genuinely enjoy training hundreds of pilots who pass through our ATP-CTP course at ATP-JETS every month. They all have interesting stories to tell about their journey through flight training and are excited about flying the line for their airlines. Recently one particularly interesting pilot came to ATP-JETS for ATP-CTP training before beginning his career at Envoy Air, his name is Swayne Martin. Continue reading

My Aviation Career Path was One I Had to Discover on My Own

Those of us here at ATP have had the pleasure of watching our graduates quickly move on to great jobs flying for the airlines here in the US. Occasionally I also have the pleasure of sharing one of those graduate’s story with you. Scott Weddell began his aviation career in March of 2013 when he arrived at our McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ) Flight Training Center to begin flight training. Scott graduated from the Airline Career Pilot Program later in 2013 and began instructing for us at ATP at our Scottsdale, Arizona Flight Training Center. Scott was interviewed by SkyWest Airlines while he was still with ATP in 2014 and brought into the SkyWest Pathway Program. Scott shares the rest of the story with us. Continue reading

Which Airline Will Have the Highest Pilot Pay in 2018?

We have been following most trends involving the airlines in the United States for years, and there has recently been very good news on the pilot pay issue. Airlines have been raising wages and improving workplace rules that allow for a much-improved quality of life for pilots. So just what can airline captains plan to earn in 2018? With the global airline industry flourishing with net profits exceeding $31 billion, pilots can expect to earn more than they used to according to an article at Airline Pilot Central. Continue reading