Sporty’s Offers Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP)


FAA-approved training provided by ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio


ABX Learning Center - Wilmington, Ohio (KILN)
ABX Learning Center – Wilmington, Ohio (KILN)

With the FAA mandate that all pilots seeking an ATP certificate be required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP) prior to taking the ATP Knowledge test, Sporty’s has partnered with ABX Airlines in  Wilmington, Ohio to offer this training.

Program Highlights:

  • FAA-approved ATP-CTP
  • 6-day course at the ABX Airlines Learning Center in Wilmington, Ohio
  • Courses offered approximately twice per month
  • DC-9, level C simulator
  • Course fee, $4,500
  • Reservations available up to 6 months in advance

The ATP-CTP training requires at least 30 hours of classroom work and 10 hours of simulator training, six of which must be completed in a level C flight simulator or higher. Sporty’s ATP-CTP course will take place at the ABX Airlines learning center inWilmington,Ohio.  The six-day course will include four days of classroom instruction and the remainder of time in the simulator.

ATP-CTP training includes all subject areas that are required by the FAA including aerodynamics, upset prevention & recovery, meteorology, air carrier operations, turbine engines, performance, automation, leadership, and crew resource management.

DC-9, level C flight simulator
DC-9, level C flight simulator

Simulator training will include navigation, automation and high altitude operations in the DC-9 level C flight simulator under the guidance of the experienced ABX Airlines instructors.  Classes are available approximately twice per month and may be scheduled up to six months in advance.

The ATP-CTP course [2200A] costs $4500 which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of simulator training and required materials and supplies. The fee does not include travel and lodging. The course fee is non-refundable beginning 30 days from the scheduled class.

For more information, including a helpful webinar on ATP requirements or to enroll, visit



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It was his first airplane trip at age seven that made Eric decide to become a pilot. "While boarding the airplane, a flight attendant noticed my interest in the flight deck and urged me to go talk to the pilot. I give a lot of credit to that pilot for my career choice." He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and went on to an airline career. Eric now heads Sporty’s flight school and directs the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Training Program. In addition, Eric serves as a Captain in Sporty’s corporate flight department.