The Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

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The Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) is the highest FAA rating a pilot can attain. The ATPL allows a pilot to act as a company check pilot for a Part 135 operation (after completing a flight with the company’s FAA inspector), and is also required for a pilot to act as pilot in command of a multi-crew aircraft.

The aeronautical experience requirements are:

  • 1,500 hours total time as a pilot of which 50 hours are in airplane
  • 250 hours PIC in Airplane
  • 500 hours cross-country flight time which must be longer than 25nm in a helicopter or 50nm in a fixed-wing
  • 100 hours night flight time
  • 75 hours of instrument flight time (Actual or Simulated)

Because of the level of experience required for an ATP rating, each program is individualized to suite the customers needs. Most of our ATP candidates come to us to ‘brush-up’ on Maneuvers and Instrument refresher.

In our experience we have found that most ATP applicants will spend $2,000-5,000 in flight training. This includes books and supplies, dual instruction in the helicopter and testing fees. But this will vary from customer to customer.

  • Dual Instruction $190 per hour
  • Dual Instrument Instruction $190 per hour
  • Ground Instruction $50 per hour
  • Exam Fees $600