Airline Training Solutions is a professional flight training provider that is dedicated to meeting the emerging regulatory and industry requirements under Public Law 111-216, which calls for a greater level of flight training and experience in a variety of areas including an Airline Transport Rating (ATP), high-altitude operations, adverse weather, and multi-pilot crew coordination for First Officer candidates.
What makes Airline Training Solutions different from other flight schools?
Airline Training Solutions is taking a revolutionary approach to meeting these changing demands. Our all-new program was developed by Scott Malone – a former airline pilot and current Chief Pilot for Malone AirCharter – to go beyond the required FAA training minimums and to give our students a real career advantage. All of our training will be done in a two-pilot cockpit concept using new Tecnam P2006T twin-engine aircraft.
Also our instructors are all currently active jet charter pilots. They understand not only the complexities of flying modern commercial aircraft, but also the communication and decision making skills that airlines are looking for in First Officer candidates.
What is the “two-pilot cockpit” concept?
Airline Training Solutions is also the first school to use the “two-pilot cockpit” method of crew coordination training. Every training flight will be conducted just like a commercial airline flight. The instructor will act as the “First Officer” and the student will act as the “Captain”. The goal of this type of training is to develop good crew coordination and decision making skills. Two “soft” skills that are becoming increasingly more important to airlines and air charter/fractional providers.
As a former airline pilot, Malone AirCharter Chief Pilot and Airline Training Solutions Chief Instructor Scott Malone put the value of good crew communications training best when he said: “When I was hired by a major airline as a First Officer, the hardest thing to get comfortable with was the two-pilot cockpit concept. I was used to flying alone. I was totally unprepared for the unique requirements of that type of flying. It took a while to get used to the crew communications aspect.”
After students have earned their commercial certificate, they will be able to fly with another qualified student as a crewmate. One pilot flying will be under the hood, while the pilot not flying will be acting as safety pilot. This means that both students can log quality multi-engine/instrument flight time, while effectively cutting the cost of their hourly aircraft rental nearly in half.
Airline Training Solution students don’t just build time, they build high quality flight time in a professional flight crew environment.
Why are we conducting all of our training in multi-engine aircraft?
It is our belief that the current multi-engine minimums are just that – “minimums.” To be fully prepared to meet the requirements of a First Officer, a candidate should have a level of experience that makes flying and dealing with emergency procedures in a multi-engine aircraft second nature. That level of experience can only be gained through total emersion in the multi-engine environment.
Why use the Tecnam P2006T?
Airline Training Solutions students will do all of their flight training in a new air-conditioned twin engine Tecnam P2006T aircraft. Powered by twin 100 horsepower Rotax engines, the Tecnam P2006T delivers an overall flight training experience that is unmatched by any other light twin.
The Tecnam P2006T’s advanced aerodynamics combined with mechanically linked fraise ailerons provide exceptional longitudinal control stability with excellent roll control stability during both multi-engine and single-engine operations. In short, normal engine-out operations are a non-event.
The Tecnam is incredibly fuel-efficient. It typically burns half the fuel of a standard light twin and its hourly operating costs are comparable to a four-place single.
What is a supervised PIC?
With all Airline Training Solutions flights being conducted with a two-pilot cockpit, you are probably wondering how our students will “solo?” Good question. When the time comes, each student will receive a FAA approved “Supervised PIC” check ride with our Chief Flight Instructor.
During this flight the instructor will act as a non-rated passenger occupying the right front seat. The student pilot will conduct the pre-planned flight without any input from the “passenger.”
How do we train our students to expect the unexpected?
Another key differentiator to Airline Training Solutions’ curriculum is the commitment to give students experience in all facets of the safe operation of a commercial airliner. This element of the training will cover the key points including high-altitude operations, deicing and anti-icing systems, cabin pressurization and air-conditioning systems, and more.
Students will not only study these systems in the classroom, they will spend time in the cockpit of various Citation jets and a King Air B200 to gain hands-on familiarization with the proper operation and troubleshooting of these key systems.
In addition, once they earn their commercial and instrument ratings, Airline Training Solutions students will have the opportunity to fly on actual charter flights with Malone AirCharter flying Cessna Citations or a Beechcraft King Air B200.
Airline Training Solutions is more than just flight training.
To meet the requirement of most major airlines for First Officers to have advanced degrees, Airline Training Solutions students will have the added benefit of being able to earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. There is an extension campus located in the Airline Training Solutions building.
Our belief is, if they want to fly like a professional, they must train like a professional.
Every facet of our program is created to prepare you for getting your dream job. From day one, every student will be flying as a crewmember with challenge and response checklists with crew coordination a top priority. Just like the airlines, all training will be regimented and scheduled like they are “flying the line.”
Students will be expected to show up on time and in uniform. At various stages during your training you will receive regular stage check flights by our Chief Flight Instructor or one of the Malone AirCharter line pilots.
In addition, an optional turbine transition course will be offered in our King Air B200 and a jet type rating will be offered in our Cessna Citation Ultra.
How much does the Airline Training Solutions program cost?
The only area where Airline Training Solutions is comparable to a regular flight school is our cost. Because our Tecnam P2006T delivers a direct operating cost very close to a modern four-seat piston single, the total cost for our Stage One program, which includes 250 hours of twin-engine flight time and a Bachelor’s Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University satellite campus is approximately $88,000*. The typical student will complete the program in three (3) years.
Completion of the Stage One Program will normally result in obtaining a multi-engine private, commercial and instrument ratings and a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle, which has a satellite campus at our facility. If the student already has some college the final cost will be less.
Upon graduation from the program, qualified students may have the opportunity to continue to build experience and flight time as an instructor with Airline Training Solutions or our sister company, Sterling Flight Training, or as a Part 135 charter pilot with Malone AirCharter.
Airline Training Solutions will also offer placement assistance for our graduates with other flight schools, air charter operations, freight and cargo operations and other appropriate commercial aircraft operations.