Real Answers from Real Pilots

Coming in with private

How long is it estimated to take to obtain a commercial and CFI rating if I came in with a private license?

ATP advertises that you can complete the program starting with your Private in 100 days. They do require that you have a minimum of 80 hours prior to your start date. Here is a link below that will take you to their timeline on completing the program.

100 instructional days is the length of the program if you come in with your private.



And FYI, don’t forget the Career Pilot program will earn you not only your Commercial and CFI in the 100 day timeline. The program also includes your ME, your Instrument and all 3 CFIs (Initial, Instrument and ME). Not to mention a guaranteed instructor position. Just want to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples.