ATP Flight School's newest training center is now open at the Tucson International Airport. The Tucson facility marks ATP's third location in Arizona, complementing operations in Mesa and Scottsdale.
The strategic location of the new Arizona location makes airline-oriented flight training more accessible in the southwest, addressing the mounting pilot shortage. Offering the Airline Career Pilot Program, students training in Tucson are now able to take advantage of a path to a successful airline pilot career. Starting without experience, students can achieve pilot certification in just nine months. Benefits like a guaranteed flight instructor job allow graduates to quickly gain experience and meet airline hiring requirements, while partnerships with 20 air carriers provide a streamlined path to major airlines.
Students training at the Tucson facility will utilize ATP's fleet of Cessna 172 Skyhawks. These aircraft are part of a 2019 fleet order for up to 100 airplanes, with the latest in glass cockpit technology to prepare students for their careers.
While aircraft keep students training on-time and on-budget, advantages such as full financing, airline-sponsored tuition reimbursement, and airline cadet programs address the pilot shortage by making the airline pilot career more attainable. ATP was the nation's first flight school to pioneer airline-paid tuition reimbursement, in partnership with Arizona-based Mesa Airlines. Students are now able to earn up to $15,000 in financial assistance through the airline during training, with an additional $7,500 paid during their first year as an airline pilot.
ATP's Arizona instructor group was recently recognized as the best in the region by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).