Airline Transportation Pilot (ATPL) Licence Requirements

1.The aim of the ATP(A) integrated course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary toenable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot, multi-engine aeroplanes in commercial air transportation and to obtain the CPL(A)/IR.

2.An applicant wishing to undertake an ATP(A) integrated course shall, under the supervision of the Head of Training of an approved flying training organisation (FTO), complete all the instructional stages in one continuous approved course of training as arranged by that FTO.

3.The course shall last for between 12 and 36 months. Special arrangements may be made with theapproval of the Authority to extend the course beyond 36 months where additional flying training or ground instruction is provided by the FTO.

4.An applicant may be admitted to training either as an ab-initio entrant, or as a holder of a PPL(A) or PPL(H) issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1. An ab-initio entrant shall meet the student pilotrequirements of JAR–FCL Subpart B. In the case of a PPL(A) or PPL(H) entrant, 50% of the aircraft hours flown by the entrant prior to the course may be credited towards the required flight instruction (JAR-FCL 1.165(a)(1) and Appendix 1 to JAR-FCL 1.165(a)(1), paragraph 13) up to a credit of 40 hours flying experience or 45 hours if an aeroplane night flying qualification has been obtained, of which up to 20 hours may be dual instruction. This credit for the hours flown shall be at the discretion of the FTO and entered into the applicant’s training record. In the case of a student pilot who does not hold a pilot licence and with the approval of the Authority a FTO may designate certain dual exercises (see AMC FCL 1.160 & 1.165(a)(1), phase 2 & 3) to be flown in a helicopter or a TMG up to a maximum of 20 hours.

5.An applicant failing or unable to complete the entire ATP(A) course may apply to the Authority forthe theoretical knowledge examination and skill test for a lower licence and, if applicable, an instrument rating.

6.Any applicant wishing to transfer to another FTO during a course of training shall apply to the Authority for a formal assessment of the further hours of training required at another FTO.

7.The FTO shall ensure that before being admitted to the course the applicant has sufficient knowledge of Mathematics, Physics and English, to facilitate an understanding of the theoretical knowledge instruction content of the course. The required level of English shall be in accordance with Appendix 1 to JAR–FCL 1.200.

8.The course shall comprise:

    a.Theoretical knowledge instruction to the ATPL(A) knowledge level;
    b.Visual and instrument flying training; and
    c.Training in multi-crew co-operation for the operation of multi-pilot aeroplanes.

9.The successful completion of the theoretical knowledge examination(s) at paragraph 12 and of the skill test(s) at paragraph 14 fulfil the theoretical knowledge and skill requirements for the issue of a CPL(A) including a class or type rating for the aeroplane(s) used in the test(s) and a multi-engine instrument rating (A).

10.The theoretical knowledge syllabus is set out in Appendix 1 to JAR-FCL 1.470. An approved ATP(A) theoretical knowledge course shall comprise at least 750 hours (1 hour=60 minutes instruction) of instruction which can include classroom work, inter-active video, slide/tape presentation, learning carrels, computer based training, and other media as approved by the Authority, in suitable proportions.

The 750 hours of instruction shall be divided in such a way that in each subject the minimum hours are:

  • 1)Air Law / 40
  • 2)Aircraft General Knowledge / 80
  • 3)Flight Performance & Planning / 90
  • 4)Human Performance & Limitations / 50
  • 5)Meteorology / 60
  • 6)Navigation / 150
  • 7)Operational Procedures / 20
  • 8)Principles of Flight / 30
  • 9)Communications / 30
  • Other sub-division of hours may be agreed between the Authority and the FTO.

    11.MCC course shall comprise at least 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises.

    12.An applicant shall demonstrate the level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of an ATPL(A), in accordance with the requirements in JAR–FCL 1 (Aeroplane) Subpart J.

    13.The flying training, not including type rating training, shall comprise a total of at least 195 hours, to include all progress tests, of which up to 55 hours for the entire course may be instrument ground time.

    Within the total of 195 hours, applicants shall complete at least:

      a.95 hours of dual instruction of which up to 55 hours may be instrument ground time;
      b.70 hours as pilot-in-command including VFR flight and instrument flight time as student pilot-in-command (SPIC). (SPIC time shall be credited as pilot-in-command time, unless the flight instructor had to influence or control any part of the flight. A ground de-briefing by the flight instructor does not affect the crediting as pilot-in-command time);
      c.50 hours of cross-country flight as pilot-in-command including a VFR cross-country flight totalling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made;
      d.5 hours flight time in aeroplanes shall be completed at night comprising 3 hours of dual instruction including at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full stop landings; and
      e.115 hours of instrument time comprising[, at least]:
        i. 50 hours of instrument flight instruction of which up to 25 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT I, or 40 hours if the instrument ground training is conducted in an FNPT II or flight simulator. With the agreement of the approving Authority not more than 10 hours of FNPT II or flight simulator instrument ground time may be conducted in a FNPT I.
        ii. [ ][20] hours as SPIC; and
        iii. 15 hours multi-crew co-operation, for which a flight simulator or FNPT II may be used. See AMC-FCL 1.160 & 1.165(a)(1) for the flight instruction syllabus.

    14.On completion of the related flying training the applicant shall take the CPL(A) skill test on either a single-engine or a multi-engine aeroplane in accordance with Appendix 1 and 2 to JAR–FCL 1.170 and the instrument rating skill test on a multi-engine aeroplane in accordance with Appendix 1 and 2 to JAR– FCL 1.210 and such other tests as are required by JAR–FCL 1.262(c).

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