ATP Certification Training Program (ATP – CTP)


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Training Provided by ABX Air Part 142 Flight Training Center, Wilmington, Ohio (KILN)

Summary of ATP-CTP requirement

All pilots seeking an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multiengine privileges are required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program (ATP – CTP) prior to taking the ATP knowledge test. The ATP-CTP training must include classroom training of at least 30 hours and simulator training of at least 10 hours.

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Training Provided by ABX Air Part 142 Flight Training Center, Wilmington, Ohio (KILN)

Summary of ATP-CTP requirement

All pilots seeking an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multiengine privileges are required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program (ATP – CTP) prior to taking the ATP knowledge test. The ATP-CTP training must include classroom training of at least 30 hours and simulator training of at least 10 hours.

Sporty’s ATP-CTP Training

Five-day course takes place in Wilmington, Ohio at the ABX Air Part 142 Flight Training Center.

Sporty’s is pleased to partner with ABX to offer one of the first FAA-approved Programs. The ATP-CTP will take place at the world-class training facilities of ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio (KILN). Training is conducted by an experienced instructional staff with extensive experience in transport category aircraft and airline operations.

Simulator training will take place in a modern B767 flight simulator.


To be eligible for the ATP-CTP, you must possess a minimum of an FAA Private Pilot Certification. Non-US citizens are subject to Transportation Security Administration security background screening at their own expense and student VISA requirements. Non-US citizens must begin the enrollment process at least 60 days in advance..

Course Schedules

5 Day Course – ABX Airlines Campus, Wilmington, Ohio (KILN)

Monday - Thursday Ground school

Thursday - Friday Simulator Training

Training Topics

Training includes those FAA subject areas required of the ATC-CTP which include aerodynamics, upset prevention & recovery, meteorology, air carrier operations, turbine engines, performance, automation, leadership, and crew resource management.

Simulator training will include navigation, automation and high altitude operations in the level D, B767 full flight simulator.

Please be aware ATP-CTP is NOT a FAA written exam preparation course. In order to be prepared for the written exam, Sporty's recommends an independent study course such as Sheppard Air.


At checkout, you will be asked to reserve an available course date. Courses take place approximately twice per month, Monday - Friday. Courses are confirmed 30 days in advance at which time you will be charged your course fee. The course fee is non-refundable beginning 30 days from the start of your scheduled class. Transportation to and from the training facilities in Wilmington, Ohio and lodging are NOT included in the cost of your course. Your registration confirmation will include information on travel and lodging for training.

Course fee

$4,750 – includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours simulator training, and all required materials and supplies. The fee does not include travel and lodging.


  • In order to satisfy the ATP-CTP requirement, students must pass a written test with a minimum score of 70%
  • Students who are not able to pass the written test may be eligible for additional training at their own expense
  • Non-US citizens require both TSA clearance and student VISA and must begin the process at least 60 days prior to course start.
  • Upon 30-day course confirmation, tuition is non-refundable

Travel and Lodging

Transportation to and from the ABX Airlines Training facilities in Wilmington, Ohio and lodging are NOT included in your tuition. Airports serving the southwest Ohio (Wilmington) region include Dayton International (KDAY) – 50 miles, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG) – 69 miles, and Port Columbus International Airport (KPMH) – 72 miles. All airport locations are between 1 hour and 1 hour, 15 minutes travel time to Wilmington. Additional travel and lodging information will be included with your reservation confirmation.


Please go to to select your course dates.

Courses take place approximately twice monthly, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm at the ABX Learning Center in Wilmington, Ohio. You may schedule up to six months in advance. In order to be eligible for the course certificate of completion, you must attend the entire course.

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The program is exactly as advertised. Just be aware that it is not a prep course for the actual ATP written. I had to have ABX (the company who actually runs the program) send me some forms and they showed up the next day via overnight shipping. So I am very satisfied with the customer service. This is a great option for the ATP-CTP at a very competitive price point.
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I took the class March 25-29, 2019. ABX Air (Airborne Express) does a very good job with the content and structure of the ATP-CTP course. Our instructors were very knowledgeable, 30 plus year retired Airline Captains/Check Airmen. Classes are small, (4 in ours)and well organized by ABX. They fit this course into 5 long days. Do not plan on leaving by 5 on Friday. I walked out of the sim at 10 pm Friday night and we got in earlier that planed. One in our class made arrangements and flew into ILN, he had no problems other than there is no shuttle offered by ABX or the Hotels. Same with flying into Cincinnati, your on your own for transportation to and from. There also seems to be a little bit of disconnect between Sporty’s and ABX. They may know your coming, or maybe not. Just make sure you have the documentation you would need for any flight training, have transportation set up and don’t plane to leave for home until Saturday morning and you will be set.

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ATP-CTP Course
The course was informative with great content. ABX does a good job adding humor to the content. The course is fast paced and akin to drinking from a fire hose. The days are long and do not expect to be done early on Friday. They are squeezing a 6 day course into 5. I completed my final sim time at 5:00pm however the group behind me finished at 7:00pm (and that's only because we were able to get into the sim earlier than previously scheduled).

Also, if you plan on flying into KILN they do not have 100LL. You will be able to park next to the training center and they will hangar your aircraft if needed. There are a few nearby airports that have self-serve 100LL (GEO, I66, etc). You will need permission prior to landing so contact ABX before you depart. There were several people involved when I flew up, including security who met me at my aircraft.

Overall it was a great experience and the group of people involved at ABX are top notch!
December 2, 2017
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Sporty’s ATP CTP Class
I took the Nov 5-10 2017 course. The course was as entertaining as they could make it, with humor and interesting stories spread throughout. I had ~5k hours both civilian and military. Basically this class was a box checker for me. The only disparaging thing That we had to deal with is this. The email that you get when you confirm your class, said that class will take place between 0800-1700 M-F. If you bought airline tickets thinking this is the schedule, you would be wrong. Times changed multiple times for the sims throughout the week (3 different times) from leaving at 2200 on Friday ( requiring another hotel stay and multiple needless call to the airline ) to moving an additional hour to the right, when we showed or the 76 sim on Friday . While not completely devastating, this is an important aspect that needs to be fixed with the schedule. But overall classroom instruction was entertaining, ( Thanks Steve) and the sims were fun. Get your schedules strained out and it would of been 5 star.

David Hutchins
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From reading, I understand there is no rating or hour requirements to take the ATP-CTP and written exam?
Andrew K on Oct 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can find the details here:
What is the average class size for the CTP class, also what is the maximum class size?
Aaron F on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 4 is a typical class size.
Will we get the level D sim time endorsed in our logbook?
david r on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the sim time is able to be logged.
What are the January 2017 training dates?
Michael L on Oct 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We don't have them yet - hope to publish those within the next week or two.
Are any course materials sent ahead of time for study purposes, once I schedule for the course? Does the course help much with preparation for the written exam?
Jim C on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There are no course materials sent ahead of time. The course does not help you prepare for the written exam. It is a requirement to be able to sit for the written exam.
I know that I will have a certificate after the completion of the course to take the ATP written exam, is there still a test to take and pass during the course?
Kevin S on Oct 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is an in house test after the ground portion of the training. It is not the FAA written Exam.
Upon successful completion of this ATP-CTP course, will I receive a sign off to take the ATP written exam?
David H on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is no sign off for the ATP Written. You will need the certificate of completion to take the written exam.
If I take the DC-9 course and I present my ATP test and pass How much will cost me my type rating on the dc-9 and those hours count for the type?
amado m on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The simulator hours will not count toward the dc-9 type rating.
Once training is done there, can i then go home and do a checkride in a senca for example?
A shopper on Oct 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You'll be ready to take the ATP written. You may want to schedule some dual in the Seneca before you go for the checkride.
What time does the class end on Friday?
Aaron F on Sep 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I was done in plenty of time (didn't need to stay until Sat morning in the end); they're also really accommodating to getting your sim slots done if you absolutely need to get out earlier. Sim is by far the best part though... personally I'm glad I didn't rush. I would suggest you book flights for early eve though, so you have enough time to get to the airport too. Exact time will depend on numbers on the course.
Thanks for the quick response, tried calling you but your Voice mail was full. Other question I had was what is the written pass success rate. Just curious because I plan on taking it asap after the course is done at cats testing Center??
david r on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not track the pass success rate after the course. Understand that this is the required endorsement to take the exam.
What do you recommend to study and be proficient at before attending the class? The older I get the more prepared I try to be and the less I enjoy drinking from a fire hose.
A shopper on Feb 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We do not have a recommended study list. All of the materials are provided by the school.
What ratings shoul l have?
TRIVI on Dec 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: At least a private pilot.
Do I need to be 21 years old or is there a minimum age requirement?
Priscilla M on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no age requirement for this course. You must be 23 years old to be eligible for the ATP certificate.
does the training have an expiration date? I'm an airline pilot from colombia and I would like to do the course but I dont have enough time to take the written test.
A shopper on Aug 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The certificate to take the written does not expire. Once the written is take is expires in 5 years.
Do I need to have a multi engine rating to take this course? I am currently single engine commercial w/ instrument.
A shopper on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: To be eligible for the ATP-CTP, you must possess a minimum of an FAA Private Pilot Certification. Non-US citizens are subject to Transportation Security Administration security background screening at their own expense.

You do not need a multi-engine rating.
Can you address whether and how you accept GI Bill? I am a veteran with Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits remaining.
Brett O on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: GI Bill Benefits are not accepted for this course.
Is the 6 hours of sim time -per person sitting in the left seat, and logged as such, or is part of that time spent observing the other crew member fly the sim?
Steve M on Aug 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a small portion of observation in the sim. Most of the time is split between pilot and co-pilot duties.
Is it possible to fly my personal aircraft to the training center?
Cody A on May 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is possible with prior approval. Please email your intentions for arrival to Also there are no FBO services at the airport.
I'm a non-citizen holding a FAA CPL with Instrument, would I still require TSA approval for the CTP course?
Stefankiekies on May 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you would need TSA approval to take the CTP course.
I want to convert my Turkish ATPL to (in addition) FAA ATP, How long the course will last, How much will it cost? and more questions to be answered on an email conversation...
Oguz S on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Please send your request to
ATP knowledge test is it given after course completion at your facility ?
Robert R on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The knowledge test can be schedule at the testing facility here at sportys. You will need to schedule via
Hi there, do I need a valid class one medical for this training?
Tadeo B on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The requirement is for a private pilot certificate and medical.
I have a FAA Commercial Single Engine Land & Instruments and would like to get the ATP Multiengine, Also have a Mexican ATP Multiengine & Instrument and 4633 hours logged. Can I get the FAA ATP with you?
Octavio H on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as long as you meet the FAA ATP requirements of 61.159. Note that this course prepares you for the ATP written test, but does not include flight the checkride.
I have 2500+ hours and a type rating in the Mu300 and BE 400 series from Simcom. Does this have any bearing on my training?
Butch on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not really - the material required to be covered is set by FAA rule, so it is fairly standardized. However, some of the simulator flying may be tailored slightly to match your experience.
Does this include the ATP check ride? If not where do you take the ride?
Butch on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, this is only the required course you must complete before taking the ATP written test. There is no checkride included.
I have 1500+ Hrs but I have no type rating. can I obtain an FAA ATPL licence base on my hours and type of licence (CAA)?
Shinko J on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You will still need to complete a course like this before you can take the ATP knowledge test.
ATP-CTP course - is it VA Approved?
Kurt N on Aug 26, 2016
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