ATPL Airline Transport Pilot Licence
The licence that will take you to the top.
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.
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:
1. Air Law
2. Aircraft General Knowledge
4. Mass and Balance
6. Flight Planning and Monitoring
7. Human Performance
9. General Navigation
10. Radio Navigation
11. Operational Procedures
12. Principles of Flight
13. VFR Communications
14. IFR Communications
Official Headquarters for AESA FCL Exams in Malaga
State Aviation Safety Agency
In the following video, our student Samuel Pérez tells you about his experience in the ATPL course at One Air. Don’t miss it!
The training to become a commercial pilot is made up of different phases or modules: two licences (PPL and CPL) and the different ratings that are noted down on them (ME multi-engine, IR instrument, NVFR night, etc.).
Based on this, the main difference between both modalities is that with a modular ATPL you become a pilot from the first time you obtain your licence and you will obtain the relevant ratings according to the modules you pass, without having to wait to complete the whole programme. In contrast, with an integrated ATPL you obtain all licences and ratings at the end of the course with the successful completion of the last phase of training.
In addition, in a modular ATPL you go into more depth in each of the subjects, as there are more hours of theory. Each phase is taught in full, with all the theoretical content stipulated by EASA for this type of training.
On the other hand, the integrated ATPL programme is designed to optimise time, providing you with the essentials to obtain the licence in a shorter period of time, with all the contents stipulated by the Authority for this type of training.
Both training modes are valid and meet the requirements to become a commercial pilot, so you will have to choose according to your specific needs or personal preferences.
At One Air, after more than a decade of training professional pilots, we have developed three different programmes for you to become a commercial pilot:
✓ Integrated ATPL
✓ Airline Pilot Programme ATPL
✓ International Airline Pilot Programme ATPL
All our programmes are based on quality and all meet the highest educational standards, but each of them is specially designed to meet the different needs of our pilots.
In our Integrated ATPL you get an intensive programme with the essentials to become a pilot at the best value for money in Europe.
With the Airline Pilot Programme ATPL, you will enjoy much more flight experience, double the theoretical hours and the FTTC course on A320 and B737, designed exclusively by One Air. A modular ATPL with a super plus of experience while retaining the best value for money in Europe.
And for those who want it all, we have our International Airline Pilot Programme ATPL with Business Degree in Aeronautical Management, Airbus A320 type rating and FI (A) Flight Instructor course and rating. Possibly the most comprehensive ab-initio training programme in the world.
Much more experience while retaining the best value for money in Europe.
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).
✓ 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it possible to perform ATPL online?
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.
ATPL Price: How much does it cost?
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What ATPL exams are performed?
Each of the 14 subjects that make up the theoretical phase of the ATPL must be passed individually by official examination in SENASA. You should know that, at One Air, you can take your exams at our main base in Malaga city, as we are an official exam centre. To know everything about ATPL exams do not miss our post.
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.
What is ICAO ATPL?
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.
ATPL vs PPL
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.
ATPL vs CPL
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 vs ATP
ATPL and ATP are two ways of referring to the Airline Transport License; therefore, they are the same.