ATP Flight School Unveils New 19,000 Square Foot Airline Pilot Training Center in Fort Myers

ATP Flight School is set to unveil its brand new Airline Pilot Training Facility on Friday, April 29 at Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. Up to 200 aspiring airline pilots will join the ATP for an open house, previewing the newly built 19,000 square foot facility.

To celebrate the opening of the new training facility and the launch of the ATP-exclusive Spirit Direct program earlier this year, Spirit will be flying in an Airbus A320neo for the ATP Open Day in Fort Myers on April 29. Attendees will be able to tour the aircraft, which is part of Spirit’s growing fleet, which is expected to gain 24 new aircraft this year for an expected fleet-wide total of 197 by the end of 2022. Spirit also plans to ‘accept another 33 aircraft in 2023. Under this partnership, ATP flight instructors can progress directly to a first officer position with Spirit at 1,500 hours. Spirit recruiters will conduct pre-scheduled on-site interviews for eligible ATP flight instructors and information sessions for prospective and current students.

The Fort Myers facility is ATP’s second newly built airline training facility in less than a year, with a 25,875 square foot facility in Arlington, Texas, which began operations last fall. Both join ATP’s 70 locations nationwide and were designed to efficiently deliver ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program, which allows students to go from zero to flight instructors in just seven months. In Fort Myers, open and inviting common areas bring together many classroom, briefing, and testing spaces. A sprawling simulation bay will house the all-new, state-of-the-art Frasca TruFlite simulators with immersive 220-degree wraparound visuals, while a dedicated maintenance hangar maintains a fleet of multi-engine Piper Seminoles and cockpit-mounted Piper Archers while glass.

“We love seeing the new training facility here in Southwest Florida because there are tremendous career opportunities right here in the Sunshine State. We serve seven Florida airports stretching from Miami to Pensacola, and we are growing rapidly with over 50 new aircraft expected for delivery over the next two years,” said Ryan Rodosta, Senior Director of Flight Operations and Chief System Pilot for Spirit Airlines. “We look forward to welcoming the next generation of drivers who will take our guests through our growing roadmap.”

“With a shortage of pilots upon us, it’s an exciting time to unveil the Fort Myers training facility,” said Michael Arnold, Director of Marketing, ATP Flight School. “The new facility builds on more than 35 years of airline pilot training experience and features state-of-the-art resources backed by the proven methodology that has made ATP the leading provider of airline pilots. The result is Florida’s premier airline training center, where students are on the fastest path to becoming airline pilots.”

“The Port Authority of Lee County welcomes ATP Flight School as a new business partner and tenant on the north ramp of Page Field,” said Ben Siegel, CPA, CM, executive director of the authority. Port of Lee County. “We hope this new location in Fort Myers will be a great success in the development and professional training of new airline pilots.”

Milton S. Rodgers