Good question, and I want to ensure it’s completely, and accurately answered. I represent ATP when I offer the following:
From October 2015 thru September 2016 (1 year), ATP graduated 404 CFIs from the Airline Career Pilot Program. Of those, 239 (59%) accepted ATP’s guaranteed instructor job.
We attribute this seemingly small percentage to the high demand for flight instructors not only at ATP, but across flight schools big and small nationwide. Also, a surprising number of students enroll in the ACPP with a plan to fly a family or corporate aircraft to build flight experience. (i.e. King Air)
Important note: that 239 includes those who accepted and then washed out of instructor standardization. As a prospective student, it should be important to you that not everyone who is guaranteed a job can ultimately perform above and beyond FAA CFI standards to ATP’s standards. Of those 239, 32 (13%) were not able to meet ATP standards and “washed-out”. We successfully assist these instructors with finding other CFI jobs because they are often still more qualified than other candidates, especially those who did the 100-ME track.
This is important to understand because:
- ATP is able to sustainably offer the “Guaranteed Instructor Job” because so many graduates have other opportunities already lined up, and our own attrition (CFIs going to Airlines) is currently 12 per month.
- ATP does not “fake” its guarantee numbers by subsequently washing-out instructors from standardization as evidenced by the near-90% success rate in standardization.
I appreciate that you’re running the numbers and thinking about these things. I hope this detailed response has been helpful.