The course “0-ATPL with US experience” guides the students through the process of getting their Private Pilot License in the US all the way to the ATPL level. This includes the frozen ATPL(A) written exam as well the required practical exams for the Instrument Rating as well as the CPL+MEP.
ATPL is the highest level of aircraft pilot certification. ATPL course is meant for future airline pilots. ATPL certified pilots are authorized to act as Pilot-in-Command of an aircraft in any airline.
The privileges of the holder of an ATPL(A) are to act as Pilot-In-Command (Captain) or co-pilot (First Officer) in airplanes engaged in commercial air transportation exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(A), a CPL(A) and IR(A).
Ground Training – during the course “Zero to ATPL with US experience”, the trainee will complete theoretical courses for PPL(A), IR(A), MEP(A) and ATPL 650(A)
Flight training – the flight training will start with the PPL(A) including the NIGHT in the USA, continues with IR(A) and MEP(A) in Europe, and finalizes with the CPL(A).
At the end of the training, the trainee must have a minimum of 100 total flight hours (including PPL(A) time collected in the USA):
- 100 hours as pilot-in-command
- 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of with full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure
- 50 hours of instrument training
- 5 hours of night flying including one cross-country flight and 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings
- 5 hours on a complex airplane
ATPL(A) Ground training
The applicant has to go through ground training covering:
- Air law and ATC procedures
- Airframes & systems, electrics, powerplant, emergency equipment
- Mass and balance
- Flight planning & monitoring
- Human performance & limitations
- General navigation
- Radio navigation
- Operational procedures
- Principles of flight
- Communications (VFR+IFR)
For ATPL(A) - An applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a ATPL(A) in accordance with EASA requirements in Part-FCL.
Examination – Practical
The practical skill exams in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests [PPL(A) & ATPL(A)].
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:
- Operate the airplane within its limitations
- Complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as requested by local authority
- Exercise good judgment and airmanship
- Apply aeronautical knowledge
- Maintain control of the airplane at all times.
From 0 to ATPL the minimum time needed is about 63 weeks, however, depending on the trainee’s availability this can be tailor made.
Training fees are covering the following items and services:
- Instructor time for ground school & practical training
- Plane rental, including fuel
*All training fees are bound to the actual exchange rates of the local currency of the Flying Academy base where the training or a part of the training is provided.