ATP Flight School has accepted delivery of ten new Cessna 172 Skyhawks from Textron Aviation, Inc. The new deliveries complement last year's order of 15 Skyhawks, delivered in December. All of the new aircraft are equipped with the Garmin G1000 NXi electronic flight deck and will be utilized by students and instructors in ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program, which provides pilots with a training path, from zero experience to airline pilot job in just over two years.
Over the past two years, ATP Flight School has taken delivery of 70 training aircraft; nearly half of which are factory-new Piper Archers that complete 2013's 100-aircraft order for the single-engine Piper trainer. As airline pilot hiring demand rapidly accelerates, an additional 100-Archer order was announced by Piper and ATP in April, with firm orders for 30 aircraft and the option for 70 additional aircraft. Having consistently exercised options on the original 2013 order, ATP will continue to take delivery of new aircraft every month through the end of this year and into next.
The ten Cessna 172 Skyhawks delivered this month will join ATP's fleet of 313 aircraft, which fly 253,000 flight hours annually to place over 530 pilots at airlines in the last 12 months.