ATP Flight School open new Denver training center

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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.

Aeroflot to take five more Sukhoi Superjets

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A meeting in late November chaired by Evgeny Ditrich, a member of the Board of Directors at Aeroflot, revealed that the airline intends to acquire five more Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. This is part of an exercise to assist its overstretched regional fleet of aircraft. Five Superjet 100s will be leased.

Although the airline said it can postpone the order if it chooses, Aeroflot would like to have the five aircraft in service by the end of December.

Aeroflot has been operating the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 since mid-2011 and has 49 currently in service.

Despite a promising start and a handful of big names in the aerospace taking part in the programme, the Sukhoi airliner soon started running into problems.

A crash of a Superjet 100 in Indonesia on May 9, 2012, which left 45 people dead, begun turning public opinion against the jet which continues to this day.

Being the Russian flag carrier, Aeroflot was required to order the Superjet aircraft for its fleet. But other airlines that have been considering the jet started looking for more suitable foreign alternatives.

Although Aeroflot appears committed to the Sukhoi Superjet 100, the leasing of five new aircraft is regarded by many observers as no more than a simple move to fill gaps within its regional fleet as opposed to placing a substantial order for the jet.