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ATLANTA — ExpressJet Airlines is the first part 121 passenger-carrying airline to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on an in-house Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certification training program (CTP).
The ATP CTP became a requirement on Aug. 1, 2014 for new pilots wanting to attain their ATP certification, which qualifies them to fly commercial aircraft. The CTP, which must be taken before a new pilot can take the ATP written test, is usually completed independently by an aspiring pilot and can cost around $5,000.
“We recognize the financial burden of the ATP CTP course on young pilots,” said Brad Sheehan, vice president – Flight Operations at ExpressJet Airlines. “By providing this course in-house during our new hire classes, we can offer not only the best training, but also ensure that top future pilots have access to that training.”
Members of ExpressJet’s Flight Operations Training department worked closely with the FAA to develop a training program that meets the rigorous requirements for ATP CTP certification. The course consists of four days of ground school – in-classroom course work – followed by three days of hands-on training in the flight training device and simulator. Successful completion of the course allows the candidate to take the ATP written exam.
“ExpressJet is consistently working to make our airline the best choice for aviators beginning their careers,” said Brad. “Being the first airline to achieve this certification speaks to the quality of our training and our commitment to fostering pilots – from students, through training, to careers at a regional and on to major airlines.”
The ATP CTP certification comes at a great time as ExpressJet has scheduled new hire classes for pilots in December. Potential candidates applying for these classes will not require a completed ATP CTP course or ATP written exam prior to applying. Instead, they can complete the seven-day CTP course offered by ExpressJet before beginning new hire training.
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