ATP Flight School Orders 15 Skyhawks

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ATP Flight School, in Florida, has ordered 15 Skyhawks to add to its training fleet, which already includes 115 of the airplanes, Textron Aviation announced this week at EAA AirVenture. Deliveries of the new Skyhawks, each equipped with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and an angle-of-attack display, will begin in the third quarter. “With demand for airline pilots reaching unprecedented levels, increasing training capacity is vital to ensure a stable pipeline of pilots to the nation’s regional airlines,” said Justin Dennis, vice president at ATP. “These new aircraft will provide airline career pilot program students with the platform they need for successful, efficient airline career training.”

ATP’s career program prepares pilots for airline careers from zero time to 1,500 hours, building time with CFI jobs and airline employment. Airlines will help out with a portion of pilots' loan repayment for the flight training, ATP says. ATP said it operates 300 aircraft that fly more than 185,000 hours annually, and students earn nearly 5,200 FAA pilot certificates every year. ATP's order supplements its 2016 purchase of 15 similarly equipped Skyhawks.

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