ATPL Airline Pilot Programme

The best way to obtain your ATPL Licence

One of the hardest academic questions that arises when you decide to obtain the ATPL license to become an airline pilot is about the syllabus. Besides choosing the best flight school, you must make another crucial decision: choose between studying integrated ATPL or modular ATPL.

In addition, if you have already started researching, you will probably have doubts about what an ATPL course consists of, which subjects it includes, or how many flight hours it includes. Or you may also want to know the differences between the various licenses and ratings that make up the Commercial Pilot – ATPL course.

Below, we have cleared up all the questions you might have before you start your training as a pilot. We will also tell you about our Airline Pilot Programme and the advantages of doing the ATPL course in Spain at One Air.


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What is ATPL?

What does it mean?

The ATPL or ATP (Airline Transport Pilot License) is the license that allows you to work as an airline pilot for specific companies transporting people and cargo. It is the highest level of aircraft pilot certification, and it enables you to pilot aircraft weighing more than 5700 kg or with more than nine passenger seats.

The EASA ATPL license is the universal standard established to guarantee an academic standard in approved training centres in European countries.

Grupo One Air, as E-ATO 190, is approved by AESA under EASA regulations to give the Airline Transport License in Spain.

What is ATPL frozen?

The frozen ATPL is obtained by completing all the theoretical phases of training and passing the 14 corresponding exams.

Therefore, owning a frozen ATPL means that the theoretical part has been passed, but the required flight hours have not been reached yet.

To ‘unfreeze’ the ATPL, EASA establishes that 1500 flight hours have to be completed under the following minimum criteria:

  • 500 hours flown (either DM dual command, or PIC Pilot in Command).
  • 250 flight hours as PIC.
  • 200 hours of cross country flight (at least 100 as PIC).
  • 75 hours of IR instrument flight.
  • 100 hours of night flight NVFR (PIC or co-pilot).

ATPL Subjects

As mentioned above, to obtain the frozen ATPL license, you must pass the 14 exams corresponding to the ATPL subjects:

1. Air Law

2. Aircraft General Knowledge

3. Instrumentation

4. Mass and Balance

5. Performance

6. Flight Planning and Monitoring

7. Human Performance

8. Meteorology

9. General Navigation

10. Radio Navigation

11. Operational Procedures

12. Principles of Flight

13. VFR Communications

14. IFR Communications

What is included in the ATPL course with One Air?

Our Airline Pilot Programme is specially developed for you to get the full extent of education and training; from zero to be 100% ready to take your career off the ground.

We have designed our training programme by merging the best of a modular ATPL and an integrated ATPL.

Integrated ATPL vs Modular ATPL

At One Air, you will carry out all the phases (modules) that make up the modular ATPL route, one by one and at your own pace. In this way, you will obtain the relevant certificates, according to the modules you pass, without having to wait to complete the entire program.

From the beginning of the training, by completing the Private Pilot PPL (A) phase, you will obtain your flight license, in which the different ratings you complete will be noted down.

This way, with our Airline Pilot Programme, you become a pilot from the very first time you obtain it, squeezing much more flight hours and acquiring much more experience.

Moreover, by performing a modular ATPL, you will not suffer any loss of schedule due to the compression of the contents in an integrated ATPL. Each phase is taught entirely, with all the theoretical content stipulated by EASA.

Our course merges the best of integrated and modular ATPL

The main advantage of doing an integrated ATPL is that the whole itinerary is done continuously and in the same school, standardising the quality of the training to the maximum.

For this reason, our APP manages to encompass the best of both training modes: the advantages of teaching in phases, and the continuous and intensive training of an integrated ATPL, carried out in an approved ATO with all the guarantees.

Airline Pilot Programme | APP

The Airline Pilot Programme or APP is an intensive training developed by our school, in which you will complete all the necessary phases and qualifications to obtain the Commercial Pilot Licence CPL (A) and Airline Transport Licence (ATPL frozen).

What does the APP include?

  • Private Pilot License PPL (A)
  • Airline Transport Theory (ATPL Theory)
  • PIC (Pilot In Command) flight hours
  • Single-Engine Rating SEP
  • Multi-Engine Rating (MEP)
  • Instrument Rating (IFR) with PBN
  • Commercial Pilot License CPL (A)
  • Night Flight Rating (NVFR)
  • UPRT course (Upset Prevention & Recovery Training)
  • Previous IFR Instrumental Course in Garmin 1000 simulator
  • APS MCC course in FNPT II simulator Alsim ALX
  • ICAO English Language Proficiency
  • Aeronautical Interview Preparation
  • Contract work guarantee
  • 1659 theoretical hours
  • 365 total hours of practical training (205 of real flight)

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ATPL Course Admission Requirements

Be 18 years old, or turn 18 during the first year of the course.

✓ Be the holder of a Class 1 aviation medical certificate.

High School or Vocational School Attendance Certificate.

✓ English level test.

✓ Test of general knowledge.

Why obtain your ATPL Licence at One Air?


    We offer an intense and bilingual training program that combines the advantages of both modalities: integrated and modular.


    From zero to exceed the requirements established by EASA to work as a commercial pilot.


    The largest fleet of Diamond & Cirrus aircraft in Spain: Diamonds DA42, Diamond DA40, Diamonds DA20 and Cirrus SR20.


    Advanced new-generation simulators: Alsim ALX Medium Airbus A320; and Alsim AL42, a replica of our Diamond DA42.


    Garmin 1000 trainer, Full Motion Redbird Xwind simulator specific for crosswind training, and VR Tactile simulators.


    More than 2500 m² dedicated to pilot training: multimedia library, digital classrooms, lounge area for students, among others.


    We operate at the private airport of La Axarquía during the initial training phases and at Malaga International Airport in the advanced stages.


    Luxury student accommodation and private shuttle bus to transfer you between the school, the residence and the airports.


    Our own maintenance centre exclusively for our aircraft fleet.


Frequently Asked Questions

At One Air, we want to make your learning as easy as possible and allow you to complete your theoretical training most conveniently for you.

You can choose to take the theory stage of the PPL (A) License online, with live bilingual classes, through our official platform and approved by AESA.

The theoretical classes of ATPL are given face-to-face daily in our school; they are bilingual classes with qualified instructors. This is the way you will make the most of your study hours, while you are nourished by the direct contact with your colleagues and the rest of the staff.

However, you will also have the option of studying ATPL at a distance, from wherever you want and entirely at your own pace. To do this, you will only have to attend the ‘revision weeks’ before the exams, in which you will resolve doubts, consolidate your knowledge and prepare to pass the different official tests.

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Each of the 14 subjects that make up the theoretical phase of the ATPL must be passed individually by official examination in SENASA.

In addition, you must also take the Language Proficiency Exam by completing the tests stipulated for this purpose. You will take these exams at our school, without having to go anywhere else, since we are authorised examiners by OACI.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is the body in charge of regulating everything related to worldwide civil aviation.

In addition, it is the organisation that establishes the standard to follow for the different academic procedures; as well as the global aeronautical regulations and norms.

Our ATPL course, Airline Pilot Programme, meets the official standards and requirements stipulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency. One Air ATO 190, is an AESA approved training organisation under EASA regulations.

While the PPL only allows you to fly as a private pilot, always for recreational purposes and under certain restrictions; the ATPL is the license that will enable you to exercise as a pilot in command of aircraft over 5700 kg or more than 9 passenger seats.

Although the ATPL is the license to carry out air transport, it is the CPL license that allows you to receive economic reward for it. Therefore, both licenses are part of the full training to be able to work as a commercial aircraft pilot.

ATPL and ATP are two ways of referring to the Airline Transport License; therefore, they are the same.