ATP offers two options for the Airline Career Pilot Program, a 40-hour multi-engine option and a 100-hour multi-engine option for about $10,000 more. Both fast track programs describe a route to a guaranteed CFI job with ATP following the training syllabus and an eventual timeline to airline placement. Given the similarities of both end states, what is the advantage of spending the extra funds for the 100-hour option?
ATP’s website describes the following advantages of the 100-hour option:
• Expands your employment options upon graduation.
• Meets most regional airlines minimum requirement for multi-engine experience.
• Makes you employable by many flight schools and charter operators with a 100-hour multi-engine experience insurance requirement.
• Trains you to a proficiency level of a multi engine ATP certificate due to you taking your instrument rating in a multi-engine aircraft.
• Provides for multi-engine versatility and night flying with longer cross-countries, often coast-to-coast.
The bullet points still leave a lot of questions unanswered, such as how exactly does the 100-hour option “expand” employment options? If the 40-hour option doesn’t meet most regional airline minimums, then why does the time line graphic for the 40-hour option end with airline placement? I infer that the 40-hour option doesn’t have the student taking their instrument rating in a multi-engine aircraft, so what does that mean for the 40-hour multi option student looking to be an ATP CFI? What does the “multi-engine versatility” bullet really mean for the 40-hour multi option student looking for placement at the airlines?
Thanks very much for your time in clarifying the pros and cons of both options.