ATP Unveils New Flight Training Facility

Center located at Arlington Municipal Airport is largest in Texas and offers pipeline to mitigate pilot shortage.

ATP Flight School opened its new 25,875-square-foot airline pilot training center on Friday.

The new facility is located at Arlington Municipal Airport (KGKY), 20 minutes from Dallas, Texas.

It grows ATP’s network of flight training locations to 70. The Arlington location is now the largest flight training facility in Texas, and it will help support the demand for pilots in Dallas-based airlines, such as Southwest and American Airlines.

“ATP Flight School’s airline pilot training center is an exciting addition to Arlington. This flagship facility at the Arlington Municipal Airport will help so many achieve their American Dream, whether that is going on to become a commercial pilot or teaching others to fly,” Arlington deputy city manager Jim Parajon said.

“We look forward to the school’s continued success as it builds on decades of work preparing the pilots of tomorrow.”

What The School Offers

Students interested in becoming airline pilots can enroll in ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program, which will take them from zero hours to becoming certificated as a commercial multi-engine pilot in seven months. The accelerated program will allow graduates to leverage the post-pandemic pilot shortage to jumpstart their career.

The main fleet of aircraft ATP offers at their new Arlington facility include G1000 NXi Cessna 172s and Piper Archers. They also have additional Pipers on order that will join the fleet in the near future. ATP also has a co-located maintenance facility in Arlington, Texas.

With the opening of the facility, ATP becomes the only school in Dallas that can offer airlines a complete pipeline to train pilots in hopes to create a training solution for the pilot shortage affecting the industry.

The school has the highest ratio of airline placements of any flight school, aviation college, or aviation academy in Texas. The flight school has partnerships with 31 regional airline carriers, some offer students tuition reimbursement.

ATP’s Dallas History

ATP has a long-standing role in providing qualified pilots to Dallas-based airlines. For 35 years, it has had more graduates hired by American Airlines than any other airline and an additional 650 graduates have gone to fly for American Eagle and Envoy, also Dallas-based. The addition of the Arlington training center will continue to actively support Dallas-based carriers and, in the future, increased pilot hiring.

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