Even though the ATP-CTP course is required by candidates with an airline pilot license, it is also acceptable for a candidate to hold a private pilot certificate to register. Upon successful completion of the ATP-CTP school, the candidate will receive a certificate valid indefinitely and he is able to take the ATP written exam which will be valid within five years.
On August 1, 2010, President Obama signed a bill that introduced the ATP-CTP training course. This course was designed to bridge the knowledge gap between the level of a 250-hour commercial pilot and a 1500-hour airline pilot. This knowledge gap in aviation education has proven fatal, such as the Colgan Air disaster near Buffalo in 2009. This accident sparked the FAA to mandate changes in the requirements for airline pilots. In January 2014, all United States carriers began to hire pilots with a minimum flight time of 1500 hours. These new hires were also required to hold a multi-engine airline pilot certificate, as well as having the ATP-CTP course successfully completed.
The ATP-CTP course is a mandatory pre-requisite in order to take the ATP written exam. This requirement only applies to multi-engine pilots. The ATP-CTP course is not required if obtaining the ATP Single Engine Certificate. Pilots that are ATP rated in foreign countries still need to complete the entire course and follow the syllabus, which is strictly regulated by the FAA under AC 61-138.
The seven day course, consists of 30 hours of ground school and 10 hours of Airbus A320 flight simulator training. The simulator sessions are held in both a full flight simulator and flight training device.
1. Aerodynamics 8 hours
2. Meteorology 2 hours
3. Air Carrier Operations 14 hours
4. Leadership/Professional Development,
5. Crew Resource Management and,
6. Safety Culture 6 hours
Flight Simulator Training (Airbus 320)
1. FTD Training 4 hours
2. FFS Training 6 hours
Simulator Briefing/Debriefing 8.5 hours
After the completion of ATP-CTP course, the candidate will be able to take the FAA ATP Written Exam at our testing center. The price of the course is $3,499 not including the FAA ATP Written Exam.
At the same time, they may conduct the ATP practical training in our light twin aircraft to prepare for the checkride with the FAA-examiner.