Our Story

A Flight Instructor since 1973, Bill Hays opened ATD in 1996. The company began small with Bill as the only instructor in his own Piper Cherokee 140. His first move toward growth came when he purchased a PCATD flight simulator and began specializing in instrument training.

In March of 2002, ATD went through a major expansion. At this time, there was the arrival of more airplanes, including a Piper Seminole twin-engine aircraft, the completion of a new, larger office, as well as the addition of the pilot briefing room, a CATS written testing center, a full time General Manager, and several Flight Instructors.

In April of 2005 ATD expanded even more, adding several more airplanes to the fleet along with a ground school classroom and qualifying as a FAA-approved 141 Flight School. In April of 2006, ATD obtained it’s 135 charter certificate to fly charter in a 2004 Citation Bravo.

In the fall of 2014, ATD moved locations across the airport in the east wing of the Signature FBO building. The new location offers a clean, open learning environment, as well as dedicated space for simulator training. Residing within the FBO allows for seamless dispatching and hassle-free ramping and fueling. We look forward to making 10 NW Richards Road our home for years to come.

Currently, ATD has eight Flight Instructors who meet the high standards that ATD requires. If you decide to check out ATD for your training, you will find that a sense of humor and a willingness to work well together are a prerequisite for the instructors. Your learning and flying experience is guaranteed to be fun!

Additionally, ATD also operates 5 airplanes, a full-visual flight simulator training device, and offers air charter in a Citation Bravo. You can request a quote here!

ATD continues to grow and looks forward to a bright future as Kansas City’s most comprehensive flight training facility.