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With ATP License You Are Pilot In Command

With ATP License You Are Pilot In CommandThe Airline Transport Pilot license or ATP is the pinnacle of your aviation career. By the time you have reached this level you are now a professional pilot. The ATP is required in order to be the pilot in command for an airline, corporate flight department, or charter operator. Usually required for insurance reasons it signifies that you and you alone are ultimately responsible for the safety and well being of the passengers or cargo aboard your aircraft.
Your ATP license can be obtained just like any other license or rating through training and the appropriate sign off, or usually its obtained through your employer. Most folks start out in the right seat at a regional airline or charter outfit. After paying their dues the company they work for puts them through the training required to obtain your ATP. Many times this is combined with at type rating in the aircraft you fly, if its required.

Basic ATP License Requirements

Here are just a few of the basics requirements for the ATP License.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain a 1st class medical certificate
  • You must be 23 years of age
  • You must hold at least a commercial pilot license with instrument rating
  • You must have 1500 hours total flying time
  • You must have 500 cross country flight time
  • You must have 75 hour of actual or simulated instrument flight time
  • You must pass the FAA ATP written exam
  • You must pass the ATP Oral and Practical Exam
ATP Flight Training

The training for your ATP will be nothing new in terms of manoeuvres or procedures. The check ride will consist of manoeuvres and procedures you have already seen on you instrument, commercial and multi-engine check rides. The only difference is the standards you are expected to fly to. The tolerances are much tighter because at this point you are a professional pilot with a considerable amount of flight time and you are expect to be able to fly like it.
Training primarily focuses on polishing up your instrument flying skills it the multi-engine aircraft you will use for the check ride. If you do the training on your own it can be as little as 5-7 hours of prep. If you work for a large 135 outfit or 121 air-carrier its usually part of a FAA approved upgrade or transition training program.

ATP Testing

The test for the ATP as mentioned earlier is fairly straightforward. It’s a demonstration of your multi-engine and instrument skills held to a higher standard. Don’t sweat it though by the time you’ve reach this milestone it’s the flying that’s easy, it’s more about the aeronautical knowledge, decision making, and responsibility of the ATP license that can be daunting.

The FAA Pilot Tests for ATP License
Written Exam

The written test for the ATP like all other licenses and ratings is an 80 question computerized test. The questions consist primarily of part 135 and 121 regulations, hazardous materials, high altitude and high-speed aerodynamics, and transport category operating and Performance Data.

Oral Exam

Again like the written the test the oral examination is taken to a highest level in your aviation career. With the examiner focusing on the regulations appropriate to your type operation, ie 121 or 135. Also included is an in-depth discussion of the test aircrafts various systems. This especially holds true if a company check airman is administering your check ride.

Practical Exam

Hopefully by the time you pass the written and oral for the ATP the flight should be a breeze. The flight depending on your operation will be conducted in a multi-engine aircraft or flight simulator. The flight test is comprised mostly instrument procedures both multi and single engine. Other abnormal procedures may also be thrown in the mix with the simulator allowing fore more flexibility than a check ride in the aircraft. Like every other check ride aside from your instrument you will also have to demonstrate manoeuvres such as stalls and steep turns.

Individual Flight Training Courses

The Aviator Flight Training Academy offers a full line of flight training courses to meet the individual needs of each student.

ATP Multi-Engine Rating
  • 10 Hours Multi-Engine
  • Pre & Post Flight, Ground Instruction
  • NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time

$ 3,000.00
NOTE: Writtens and Checkrides are extra
No Simulators are used for flight time

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Contact Aviator Flight Traning Academy

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