Airline Transport Pilot



Eligibility:

    -Be at least 23 years of age
    -Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
    -Be of good moral character
    -Hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument rating or meet certain military flight experience requirements
    -Pass the required knowledge test with a minimum score of 70%
    -Pass the required practical test with an FAA Designated Examiner

Airline Transport Pilot License:

Unrestricted:

-1500 hours total time minimum

-500 hours of cross-country time

-50 hours in class of airplane (SEL or MEL)

-100 hours of night flying time

-75 hours of instrument flight time (50 maximum in a Flight Training Device)

-250 hours of Pilot In Command time

-Be at least 23 years of age

-Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

-Be of good moral character

-Hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Rating or meet certain military flight requirements

-Pass the required knowledge test with a minimum score of 70%

Pass the required practical test with an FAA Designated Examiner

Restricted:

-1000 hours total time minimum, if that person holds a Bachelor’s degree with an aviation major from an institution of higher education and have completed 60 semester credit hours of aviation coursework that has been recognized by the administrator

-Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Airplane Rating, as long as both required flight and ground training were completed at an approved Part 141 school

-Be at least 21 years of age

-1250 hours total time minimum, if that person holds an Associates degree with an aviation major from an institution of higher education and have completed at least 30 credit hours that have been recognized by the administrator

 

Overview & Privileges:

An Airline Transport Pilot Certificate is the highest certificate available through the FAA.  This certificate is the pinnacle of professional aviation and allows you to be hired by many different aviation companies including airlines.

As an Airline Transport Pilot, you are able to take command of an Airliner at one of the Part 121 Carriers. All Airlines now require a form of the ATP certificate. The usual progression is starting at the regional airlines and then building your time so that you are eligible for the legacy carriers such as United, Delta and American.

The ATP certificate is also sought after for corporate and charter jobs in the industry. To receive the ATP certificate demonstrates your commitment to excellence and continuance of training throughout your career.

Before you can take the FAA Oral Exam and Check-ride, students must prepare for and pass the FAA ATP Written Exam. VFA is also an approved PSI testing center, and we offer all FAA written exams on site. Students can prepare for the Written on their own or by taking one of our offered ground schools.

As an Airline Transport Knowledge Test Applicant you will need to bring the ATP-CTP course completion prior to taking the ATP Knowledge Test.

FAQ

You need to be at least 23 years old in order to take the Airline Transport Pilot practical exam.
Pilots with their ATP certificates are eligible to fly for many different operators including major airlines.
You can keep your license current in one of two ways. You can add another certificate or rating or, alternatively, you can take a biennial flight review (once every 24 calendar months) with an authorized flight instructor.
Your training will involve a certain amount of dual instruction (with an instructor). You will also need some ground instruction. You can lessen the hours you spend going over ground training with your instructor, if you study the material at home. (Remember, ground is not required, but you will need it.)