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ATPL is short for Airline Transport Pilot License and is the highest license a pilot can obtain. This is the certificate that allows you to be the pilot in command (PIC), or captain if you like, of large transport aircrafts. As all airlines hire first officers with the outlook of one day turning them into captains, there is really no way about an airline career without the ATPL qualification.


In practical terms this is obtained by sitting the 14 ATPL written exams and completing a commercial pilot license (CPL) practical skill test. This will give you an ATPL "frozen" certificate you can later unlock with the required flying experience. Most pilots gain this experience by working as a first officer for an airline, and the transition from CPL with ATPL "frozen" to full ATPL is normally obtained a few years after you become a professional pilot.

The ATPL(A) theoretical knowledge course comprises of 650 hours (1 hour = 60 minutes instruction) of instruction and is divided into Distance Training and Classroom Training.
An applicant for an ATPL(A) shall be the holder of a CPL(A), a multi-engine instrument rating(A) and have received instruction in multicrew co-operation.

Before commencing an ATPL(A) modular course an applicant shall be the holder of a PPL(A) and hold a valid
Class 1 medical certificate.
An applicant for an ATPL(A) shall be at least 21 years of age.

The privileges of the holder of an ATPL(A) [based on a CPL(A)] are to:
exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(A), a CPL(A) and an IR(A); and
act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot in aeroplanes engaged in commercial air transportation.

The total Price for the ATPL (A) Licence ab-initio is: 36 000 Euro

ATPL(A) modular course for PPL(A) owners – 3.700EUR

Theoretical part: •650 hrs Ground Instruction

Cost: 3.700 EUR

ATPL(A) modular course for PPL(A)/IR owners – 3.300EUR

Theoretical part:•450 hrs Ground Instruction

Cost: 3.300 EUR

ATPL(A) modular course for CPL(A) owners – 3.300EUR

Theoretical part:•450 hrs Ground Instruction

Cost: 3.300 EUR

Bellow you will find the break-down of the total modular costs for ATPL (A):

ATPL(A) frosen modular course (CPL/MEP-IR)