Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

In order to operate as pilot in command on large commercial multi crew aircraft an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) must be obtained.
This is the highest obtainable License in the aviation industry which enables you to become an Airline Captain.

Requirements for ATPL

  1. You must be 21 years of age.
  2. Hold a Class 1 medical certificate
  3. Hold a Commercial Pilot License with Instrument Rating.
  4. Successfully pass 6 theoretical examinations at CAA.
  5. You will need to accumulate a minimum of 1500 hrs of flying, of which 250 must be as pilot in command (PIC),100 hrs must be night flight time, 200 hrs must be  cross county flying.
    A minimum of 75 hours must be instrument flight time of which 30 hours may be accumulated on a simulator.
    This will need a considerable amount of time to acquire and is normally gained during your course of employment as a CPL pilot.
  6. You must complete a practical flight test on a multi-engine aircraft or simulator with simulated multi-crew and instrument flight rules (IFR) scenario with a CAA   approved Grade I Designated Flight Examiner.

You may write the ATPL theoretical examinations before you have 1500 hours, known as a “Frozen ATPL” until you meet these hour requirements.