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Achieving Your ATP Pilot License

Achieving Your ATP Pilot LicenseAn Airline Transport Pilot license, or ATP license, is the pinnacle of pilot licenses, requiring extensive skill and knowledge to obtain it.

ATP Eligibility
  • To be eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, you must know English and:
  • Be at least 23 years of age; AND
  • Be of good moral character.
  • You must already hold one of the following pilot certificates:
  • If US certified: at least a commercial pilot with an instrument rating; OR
  • ICAO country: ATP or commercial pilot with an instrument rating, without limitations, subject to background check.
  • The experience required for an airplane ATP certificate is outlined below.
  • at least 1,500 hours of total time as a pilot
  • 500 hours of CROSS-COUNTRY flight time
  • 100 hours of NIGHT time or 75 hours + 45 full stop landings at night
  • 75 hours of instrument flight time, or 50 flight + 25 simulator

flight time – logged time between engine start and engine shutdown after a flight in an actual airplane
simulator time – logged DUAL instruction in a certified flight simulator or flight training device representing an airplane
cross country – trips of 50 NM and more can be logged and used for ATP experience purposes even without a landing (private pilot and commercial pilot cross-country requires a landing)

An airline transport pilot is a person who acts as the pilot in command of a commercial aircraft. The airline transport pilot certification is the highest level of certification a pilot can earn, and once the pilot has earned such certification, he or she can operate as the pilot in command of any aircraft that carries cargo or passengers. The pilot is solely responsible for the safety of the aircraft, cargo, and passengers on board.

Once fully certified and licensed, the airline transport pilot will be responsible for all operations of the airplane before, during, and immediately after the flight. This means inspecting the plane before the flight, preparing the plane for departure from a gate, preparing the plane for takeoff, operating the plane during flight and addressing any issues that may arise during flight, landing the plane, taxiing the plane to a gate, and shutting down the plane after the flight. The safety of the plane, passengers, and cargo is the primary responsibility of the airline transport pilot.

Flight planning, navigation, communication, and weight balancing may be other responsibilities of the airline transport pilot. If the pilot operates in a specific industry, he or she may also need to meet additional qualifications and take on additional responsibilities as outlined by the airline. If the pilot is a member of the military, he or she will need to complete other training as it pertains to military operations. The costs for obtaining the proper certifications can vary; flight time is perhaps the most expensive cost, since a pilot will need to spend a significant amount of time flying an aircraft before he or she can be considered for the airline transport license.

ATP Privileges
  • With a 1st or 2nd Class Medical, ATPs can exercise all of the privileges of a commercial pilot with an instrument rating.
  • FAA Airline regulations require ATP for captains of IFR passenger flights in turbine and multi-engine airplanes
  • ATPs may instruct pilots in air transportation service in aircraft they are rated and simulators
  • ATPs may endorse pilot logbooks for the training given
Flight Training For ATP

The usual questions of how much it costs and how long it will take are, of course, important considerations for any school on your list. It’s also important to interview past students to learn their thoughts about the training they received, probing for both positive and negative comments. Ask them if they had the chance to do it over again, would they change anything?

Big schools frequently have much broader educational opportunities, an important plus if you plan to acquire an academic degree while completing your flight training. Recognize that attendance at a big school can make you a small fish in a big pond. You’re competing for available job opportunities with many more pilots than at a smaller school. But the larger school may be able to inform you of more job opportunities.

Small schools, on the other hand, often expose students to more types of flying and more diverse job possibilities because they deal with both locally based and transient aircraft in addition to their own training fleet. You will also save money on living expenses if the school is local, and perhaps be able to continue your current employment to keep your income stream alive during your training cycle outflows.

Details of your primary flight training (private through CFI) are of minor interest to major airlines. Instead, they focus on your overall education, total flight time, and the kind of job you currently hold.

Professional Pilot Training

Training for your professional flying career will be an ongoing effort, even after you’re hired. While your primary flight training may not—and need not—differ from any other student’s initial flight training, professional pilots must learn subjects far beyond the initial sport pilot, recreational pilot, or private pilot certificate. It’s not just the difference between visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) operations, either.

Many of these subjects relate to flying as part of a multi-person crew. Coordination of multiple crew members, especially in an emergency situation, can be more challenging than some aspiring professionals expect. At some point in your education, you will receive formal training on the concept and practices of crew resource management. Learning how to work effectively with others is a requirement for your career.

Aviator Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Flight School Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation flight training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. No flight simulators are used for total flight time. The ground school portion is in a structured classroom environment.

You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours for the Professional Pilot Program. 484 instructional hours for the Commercial Pilot Program. The instructional hours includes all ground and flight training. 6 months of housing is included in the program. If you come with a PPL 5 months will be included. Commercial Pilot program includes 4 months of housing, if you come with a PPL 3 months will be included.

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