Flying the Line

Success Story: From Student to Instructor to First Officer

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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ATP Student to Chief Pilot – A Long Way to Go in a Short Time

The love of flying can take pilots to many far-flung places and doesn’t always lead one to a career in the Airline Industry. I have watched many graduates from ATP head to the cockpits of airliners literally around the world, but I have also watched many head to corporate flight departments as well as cargo and charter operations. One story I want to share with you is about Eric Brill who has gone from flight training with ATP to becoming the new Chief Pilot of the largest seaplane operation in India.
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A Testimonial That Says It All About Flight Training

Training at ATP makes a pilot part of a fraternity of Alumni that tend to stay in touch with us throughout their career. The phase of their career, when an ATP Graduate gets their first flying job, is the part that I enjoy hearing about the most . It is usually the time when a pilot reflects on their time with ATP and looks to an exciting future in aviation. I saw a very good letter of this type that was sent to our VP of Operations, and want to share it with you because of how it shows an ATP Students progress through our training program:
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I just got the job! What is next?

ATP provides a practiced and proven pathway to flying for the airlines, and the best part of my job is helping them transition from General Aviation Pilots to professional Part 121 Airline Pilots. Dustin Means is just such a pilot. He came to ATP at the end of June in 2010 as a Private Pilot, and then went through ATP’s Career Pilot Program. Dustin then began instructing for ATP and became one of our Standardization Pilots who actually teach new-hire CFIs how to teach in a very standardized Program for ATP. Dustin was then hired through PilotPool.com by Mesa Airlines, and sent back a description of his experiences going through new-hire training at Mesa:
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First Officer Ashley Dowd followed in the footsteps of her father, Captain David Dowd, to become an ExpressJet pilot

I saw a great article on the Being ExpressJet blog on ExpressJet’s website about one of ATP’s former students who now flies for ExpressJet. Ashley Dowd is her name and she trained with ATP at our Dallas Training Center in 2009 and then went on to instruct for ATP before being hired to fly for ExpressJet where she is now. Ashley is fortunate enough to be able to fly with her father, who is a Captain for ExpressJet. The article is below:
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The Long Green Flash

Captain Ken O’Donnell began flight training with ATP in 2002, and has gone on to instruct as a CFI and an RJ Instructor for ATP. Ken went on to fly for Republic Airlines, as well as to serve the upcoming generation of airline pilots by acting as a Career Coach on the informational website, BeAnAirlinePilot.com. From time to time Ken sends us stories about flying the line as an Airline Pilot, and I would like to share one with you now:
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Let’s Talk Instrument Approaches!

Captain Ken O’Donnell flies an Embraer 175 for Republic Airlines. Ken is also a former ATP Student, Instructor and Regional Jet Instructor and is currently a Career Coach with BeAnAirlinePilot.com. Ken shared an article that he wrote about professionally flying instrument approaches and I would like to share it with you.
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Airline Pilot Terminology Explained: Flight Time and Duty Time Limitations

In the course of learning about how to become an airline pilot, you hear a lot of phrases that are not self-explanatory. Since you will definitely have to learn and use these concepts I thought I would explain a few of them. Flight Time and Duty Time are two phrases that mean something different to a Part 121 Airline Pilot then they might to the average General Aviation Pilot for example.
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