What is an ATPL licence?

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Short for Airline Transport Pilot Licence, an ATPL licence is the highest level of airline pilot certification. It is required in order to command or pilot a flight with nine or more passenger seats.

An UKCAA/EASA Integrated ATPL takes around 70 weeks to complete, broken down by 28 weeks of theoretical ground school, 39 weeks of basic and advanced flight training and 3 weeks of APS MCC training. You can also undertake a Flexible ATPL course which takes a modular approach to training and allows you to complete it within your own time frame.

Once you have passed all theoretical exams, you will hold a ‘frozen’ ATPL, which is unfrozen once you complete the required 1500 flying hours. Upon successful completion of your ATPL course, you will be qualified to apply for a role as a First Officer on a commercial airline!

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