ATP Flight School has opened a second training centre in the Denver area at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in an effort to help solve the airline pilot shortage and provide students in the region with access to pilot training.

The opening of the new facility makes ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program more accessible in the Denver region and means students in Boulder can benefit from full financing for career training, airline tuition reimbursement from 12 airline partners, cadet programmes providing a direct pathway to major airlines and ATP’s offer of a guaranteed flight instructor job to meet airline hiring minimums.

The new training centre is ATP’s second in the area, with another at the Centennial Airport. ATP’s dedicated Denver maintenance facility will maintain Boulder’s fleet of Cessna 172 aircraft while minimising training delays. The factory-new aircraft are part of a 100-aircraft fleet order to help students prepare for their careers, using the latest Garmin Q1000 NXi avionics to develop proficiency with the electronic flight decks they’ll operate in their airline careers.

“ATP is committed to providing aspiring airline pilots with the most efficient path to not only meet their goals but go further in their careers with more opportunity,” said Michael Arnold, ATP’s director of marketing. “We are proud to be able to offer students in the region with access to quality, airline-oriented flight training.”

ATP suggest the Boulder facility will also help Denver-based airlines to meet the demand for quality pilots. Students will operate using standardised airline-oriented procedures, while ATP’s exclusive CFI Academy in Denver provides a structured curriculum for professional development.