ATP Flight School begins construction of pilot training centre in Florida

WCN Editorial Team 14 Jun 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

ATP Flight School has begun construction of a new pilot training centre at Page Field (FMY) in Ft. Myers, Florida.

The new 19,000ft2 building will increase ATP's capacity to train the next generation of pilots.

With 9,000ft2 of classroom, briefing, and simulator space, ATP will solely use the facility to train aspiring pilots in the Airline Career Pilot Program.

Next to the training centre will be a 10,000ft2 maintenance centre for inspecting and maintaining ATP's training feet.

ATP currently operates at Ft. Myers Page Field and has been taking delivery of factory-new Piper Archers.

Given that ATP is increasing the training capacity, 25 of the Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped aircraft are being delivered throughout this year.

ATP has bolstered access to airline pilot training throughout Florida.

Besides Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Stuart, and Tampa locations, ATP opened training centres in Sarasota, Lakeland, and Boca Raton this year.

ATP Flight School director of marketing Michael Arnold said: "A shortage of 12,000 pilots is expected by 2023, according to analysis by Oliver Wyman, and pilots training now will be well-positioned to capitalise on this opportunity.

"ATP's new facility will provide aspiring pilots in Ft. Myers with the very best training and resources so that they can get to the airlines first and establish their careers as fast as possible."

Airline Career Pilot Program class dates commence each Monday at ATP's existing Ft. Myers location, with construction of the new training facility slated to be finished in January 2022.


Image: The new Ft. Myers facility will join ATP's 60 other locations to increase training capacity. Credit: ATP Flight School.


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