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What is Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)?

ATPL stands for Airlines Transport Pilot Licence; issued by DGCA. This is the highest licence a pilot can achieve in his career. Commercial pilots who have at least 1500 flight with some specified hours and are able to pass the theory paper and oral exam conducted by dgca will be able to get the ATPL which is the top licence awarded to civilian pilot to act as pilot in command of aircraft exceeding 5700kg.  The pilot in command of aircraft is directly responsible for and is the final authority as to the operation of aircraft and safe conduct of flight.

An ATPL holder can exercise the privileges of both CPL and PPL; and act as Pilot-in-Command of an aeroplane having an all-up weight exceeding 5700 Kgs.

DGCA ground classes for Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

Captessar Aviation has been assisting pilots in getting their ATPL by providing ground classes for both written and oral examinations as per DGCA syllabus. Normally the duration of ATPL ground classes is 25 days in our institute for Navigation General, Radio Aids and Instruments and Aviation Meteorology.


Eligibility criteria/ Requirements to get Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) issued?

  1. Age— He shall be not less than twenty one years of age on the date of application;
  2. Educational Qualification— He shall have passed class 10+2 with Physics and mathematics or its equivalent examination from a recognised Board/University.
  3. Medical Fitness— He shall produce on a prescribed proforma a certificate of physical fitness from an approved Medical Board after undergoing a medical examination, during which he shall have established his medical fitness on the basis of compliance with the requirements as notified by the Director-General under Rule 39B;


How many DGCA papers need to be clearedfor Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)?

He shall pass a written and oral examination in

  1. Air Regulations,
  2. Air Navigation,
  3. Radio Aids and Instruments),
  4. Aviation Meteorology
  5. Aircraft and Engines, and
  6. Signals (Practical) examination for interpretation of aural and visual signals as per the syllabus prescribed by the Director-General.

Note: — Holder of a current Commercial Pilot’s Licence, shall not be required to pass the examination in Air Regulations and that of Senior Commercial Pilot’s Licence shall not be required to pass any of the examinations.


How much flying experience is required for Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)?

He shall produce evidence of having satisfactorily completed as a Pilot of an aeroplane not less than one thousand five hundred hours of flight time and his total flying experience shall include —

(i) not less than 250 hours of flight time as Pilot-in-Command or as Co-Pilot performing, under the supervision of a pilot who fulfills the flying experience requirements of a check pilot, the duties and functions of a pilot-in-command provided that at least one hundred hours out of these shall be cross-country flight time, including not less than fifty hours of flight time by night.

(ii) not less than 500 hours of total cross-country flight time;

(iii) not less than 100 hours of flight time by night;

(iv) not less than 70 hours of instrument time under actual or simulated instrument conditions of which not less than 50 hours shall be in actual flight;

(v) not less than 20 hours of flight time completed within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application for the licence.


What is the renewal procedure of Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)?

The Licence may be renewed on receipt of satisfactory evidence of the applicant —

(a) having undergone a medical examination in accordance with para 1(c).

(b) having satisfactorily completed not less than10 hours flight time as Pilot-in-Command (50 percent of flight time as Co-Pilot may be counted towards the requirements of flight time as Pilot-in-Command) within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application for renewal, or in lieu thereof; having satisfactorily completed the flying tests by day and by night as laid down in clause (g) of paragraph 1 within the same period.

(c) having a current flight Radio Telephone Operator’s Licence, for operation of radio telephone apparatus on board an aircraft, issued by the Director-General.

(d) having a current Instrument Rating on a multi-engine aircraft.


What are the Privileges of Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)?

Privileges. Subject to the validity of endorsements and ratings in the licence and compliance with the relevant provisions of Rules 39B, 39C and 42 of these rules, the privileges of the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence shall be—

(a) to exercise the privileges of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence and a Private Pilot’s Licence;

(b) to act as Pilot-in-Command of an aeroplane having an all-up weight exceeding 5700 Kgs., which is entered in the aircraft rating of his licence, subject to his prior compliance with the following conditions:-

  1. he shall have completed on that type of aeroplane not less than 100 hours of flight time as a Co-pilot, followed by ten consecutive satisfactory route checks, of which not less than five shall be by night, under the supervision of a Check Pilot performing the duties and responsibilities of a Pilot-in-Command, and demonstrated his competency to fly as a Pilot-in-Command to the satisfaction of the Director-General:

Provided that in case of a pilot having previous experience of at least 100 hours as Pilot-in-Command of transport aeroplanes having all-up weight exceeding 5700 Kgs., the required number of route checks may be reduced to six out of which at least three shall be by night.

  1. (ii) he shall have undergone satisfactorily within the preceding six months of the intended flight, appropriate proficiency checks in respect of that type of aircraft as required by the Director-General.
  • he shall be in possession of a current Instrument Rating before operating any IFR flight:

Provided that on the attainment of the age of sixty-five years, such privileges shall be restricted to that of a Private Pilot’s Licence (Aeroplanes) in accordance with Section E.

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Eligibility Criteria
AgeQualification Medical FitnessCost of Training
Not less than 16 years.10+2 or under 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics.Certificate of medical fitness25 to 35 lakhs in India or Abroad
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