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Program Information

The Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) fulfills the academic and flight training requirements of 14 CFR §61.156. Upon successful completion of the ATP CTP, and once all other requirements have been met, the candidate will be eligible to take the FAA Airline Transport Pilot Multiengine Airplane knowledge test.

Academic training bridges the gap between the knowledge of the commercial pilot and that which is expected of an ATP certificate holder, specifically in the areas of aerodynamics, meteorology, air carrier operations, leadership, and safety culture in accordance with FAA Advisory Circular 61-138 Change 1. The knowledge acquired in ground training will be reinforced through ten hours of flight training where the candidate will gain experience in the concepts required for large transport category aircraft operations. These concepts include runway safety, high altitude operations, upset prevention and recovery, and automation.

Pilots must possess a valid FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, Airplane Category – Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating, or ICAO-recognized equivalent foreign license.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Requirements

FlightSafety ensures TSA clearance is received prior to flight training for all non-US clients who enroll into the ATP CTP course, unless the pilot holds a type rating for the aircraft flight simulation training device (FSTD) utilized.

  • A Category 1 TSA application must be submitted unless the client holds the appropriate type rating.  In this case, acceptance of a Category 2 application is allowed.
  • When completing the application process, the Client must choose the aircraft model that aligns with the simulator utilized in the ATP CTP course.
  • As with other CAT 1 or CAT 2 submissions, the Customer or Client will incur the application processing fee.
  • Clients attending an additional course of simulator training for an aircraft type rating different from the FSTD used for ATP CTP will require a separate TSA application and clearance.
  • For ATP CTP, if the client needs to change the FSTD for which they initially received TSA clearance, an amended TSA clearance for the alternate simulator must be obtained.

Additional Information

  • Simulator training is conducted in the following simulators: Dallas North, Texas – Airbus A320, Boeing 737 Max, Gulfstream G-IV, Falcon 900EX; Orlando, Florida – Citation X; Tucson, Arizona – CL601 3A/3R, CL 604; and Wichita, Kansas – Citation X.
  • This course is required as a prerequisite to taking the FAA ATP Multiengine Airplane knowledge test. Although it covers many of aeronautical knowledge areas required by 14 CFR §61.155(b), it is not an FAA ATP knowledge  test preparation course.
  • Because crew coordination is required, a minimum of two attendees is required to conduct this course, unless otherwise previously arranged with the training center.
  • This course does not result in any additional ratings or certificates.
  • It is NOT recommended for students to schedule their FAA ATP knowledge test the same day as the course concludes.