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Increasing ACPP Program Duration
ATP is extending the duration of the Airline Career Pilot Program by 2 months (credit private) and 3 months (zero time). The new durations are:
Airline Career Pilot Program – 9 Months
Airline Career Pilot Program (Credit Private) – 6 Months
We are making this change due to nationwide FAA Designated Pilot Examiner availability constraints. As a result of the pilot shortage, nearly twice as many pilots are training compared to just a few years ago, but the FAA has not kept pace designating more pilot examiners. This causes delays for all checkrides, but the delay is most acute for the initial Certified Flight Instructor checkride.
FLYING magazine recently published an article that summarizes the situation:
ATP offers its students a competitive advantage in that we have the ability to obtain checkrides anywhere in the country. Instead of waiting for local examiner availability, ATP often facilitates transportation to available checkride locations, provides familiarization flights, housing, and meets schedule commitments where other flight schools cannot.
Time to Airline Job
The instructor timeline to airline job is still approximately 2 years, weighing heavily on location and activity level as a CFI. Someone motivated to advance quickly should plan to be flexible on training center assignment so we can provide max flight time opportunity.
Current Students Enrolled Under Old Timeline
ATP will make every possible effort to accommodate the original timeline planned by students when they scheduled. Future students should anticipate the updated program durations of 6 months (Credit Private) and 9 months (from Zero Time).
The training outline has not changed, which means that barring checkride, weather, and other delays, it is entirely possible to achieve the shorter timeframe to completion.