ATP Accepts Delivery of Tenth New 2008 Piper Seminole Aircraft
Wilmington, DE — October 2, 2008 Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) today accepted delivery of a factory-new, multi-engine Piper PA-44 Seminole aircraft. This is the tenth 2008 model Piper Seminole received by ATP this year. Airline Career Pilot Program students fly the multi-engine Seminoles for 140 hours in a nationwide, airline-style training environment. With the addition of this aircraft, ATP's fleet now includes 146 flight training aircraft: 90 multi-engine Piper Seminoles, 50 Cessna 172s, 5 Diamond Stars and 1 Cessna CitationJet.
Even in a weakened economy, ATP continues to demonstrate a strong financial background with the acquisition of new aircraft. ATP recognizes that there is a fundamental pilot shortage and that the recent slow down in hiring is merely short term. ATP President Derrick Dennis stated that, "The airline industry is in a cyclical downturn but we've seen this before and know the hiring will return. This is the time to begin flight training so that prospective pilots will be qualified to enter the market when hiring increases in the near future. Those pilots who prepare themselves now will have the experience to enter the market first and will have the seniority to upgrade to captain sooner. ATP has always led the flight training industry and we will proceed with plans to add new aircraft, including Diamond D-JETs, to our fleet. This will enable ATP to hold its position as the leader in airline pilot training and pilot career development."
In 1984 ATP pioneered accelerated, professional multi-engine flight training with an emphasis on pilot career development. Today, ATP’s Airline Training Programs prepare pilots for airline careers with nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. Airline hiring partnership letters with 10 leading regional airlines recognize the value of this experience. ATP currently delivers more pilots to the regional airlines than any other single flight school, college, or academy. ATP flies over 11,000 hours and provides more than 450 FAA pilot certifications each month at 20 locations nationwide.