Preparing for the Next Step

ATP’s Regional Jet Standards Certification Program has been helping pilots for many years make the transition from flying in the General Aviation environment to the type of flying and equipment used in the airlines. When these pilots have completed the RJ Program, we then arrange interviews for these graduates with the best regional airlines in this country and then help them prepare for the interviews.

Many of these RJ Program Graduates write to share their experiences in new hire training with me, as well as telling me about the benefits they have enjoyed from taking the RJ Program. Cody Weeks is one such pilot and his letter contrasts how a graduate of the RJ Program performs in training with a pilot who doesn’t take the opportunity to gain the advanced training and dives into trying to make the transition from GA aircraft to Jets while under the pressure of new-hire training.

Cody’s letter:


Overall the experience here at American Eagle has been great. I can
really tell the RJ Program makes a difference when looking at the
people who have, and have not taken such a course. The RJ program at
ATP, although I was not assigned a CRJ aircraft, definitely prepared
me for the speed and complexity of my current aircraft. Because your
RJ instructors are current regional and major airline pilots, they
brought some insight into what was expected once we got here, both in
classroom and sim, and out on the line. There were cases where the
lack of the RJ program was especially noticeable. The CRM procedures,
transport category flight characteristics, and overall speed of the
situation was proved too much for these pilots, and ended up costing
them valuable time and experience, because of needed training, and re-training.

Overall the program at ATP is top notch, and the curriculum is
pertinent to the current needs in Part 121 flight training. I would
highly recommend it to any incoming, or interest applicants looking to
succeed in a 121 environment.


Cody Weeks

After expending the resources necessary to rise to the level of flight experience necessary to be hired by an airline, why would anyone risk that investment by foregoing the advanced training available to assure success in making that important step to flying for the Airlines?