Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Earn Your Multi-Engine Rating

ATP’s 10-hour Course Trains You In A Piper Seminole In Just Four Days

While ATP excels at launching students on a professional career path, it also offers many training options for private pilots. The course selection ranges from a one-day instrument proficiency check to a 15-day accelerated instrument rating program. Each program is based on a fixed rate, so students know exactly what to expect for the total cost of their training. With a set schedule, they also know exactly how long it will take. Students in the Airline Career Pilot Program are offered a housing option of a shared bedroom in a furnished apartment for $200 per week.

I had enrolled in ATP's four-day multi-engine rating course, which includes up to 10 hours in a 2012 Piper Seminole. To accommodate the accelerated pace, students are provided with study materials that they should review prior to arrival. The study guides are in a consolidated format that focuses on the most pertinent information for a student's training.

My packet contained a Seminole supplement that covered twin aerodynamics, aircraft systems, checkride maneuvers and sample oral questions. I was also provided with Seminole checklists and instructions on which ones to commit to memory. Additional training tools for students include an iPad app and a downloadable audio file.

ATP's Mesa Gateway facility is 19,000 square feet. The three parallel runways at KIWA are massive.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway
The expansive 19,000-square-foot facility at Mesa Gateway is one of ATP's newer locations. A long corridor leads from the instructor check-in area, where instructors greet students and use an online scheduling system, to the Flight Ops Support desk. This desk is staffed seven days a week with full- and part-time personnel who have aviation experience and are pursuing a career within an aviation field. On the wall is a large screen that displays the current status for all air-craft, instructors and students. It also lists any pending checkrides and airplanes out for maintenance.

There are two large classrooms; one accommodates up to 16 students and is used primarily for student-pilot ground instruction. Five smaller briefing rooms are designed to provide a better training experience for a student and an instructor without any distractions. Each has a whiteboard, instructional tools such as cockpit cutouts and ample desk space. Two dedicated FAA briefing rooms are used exclusively for oral exams for checkride applicants.


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