Cadets must first obtain a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) before receiving an ATPL.
Those pilots that hold an ATPL are authorized to act as "pilot-in-command" of an aircraft that has more than nine passenger seats and is a maximum weight of 12,500 pounds (5,700 kg).
You may see references to a "Frozen ATPL" – these pilots have obtained an ATPL license but do not yet have the required flight hours to act in Command of a passenger aircraft.
In Europe, the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) require at least 1,500 hours flight experience of which 500 hours must completed as multi pilot operations. The U.S. requires that pilots must have at least 1,500 hours of flight experience and be at least 21 years of age before applying for an ATPL.
Subjects included for the ATPL are:
- Air law
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Planning and Monitoring
- Human Performance and Limitations
- Operational Procedures
- Principles of Flight
- Communications (IFR)
- Communications (VFR)
- General Navigation
- Radio Navigation
- Weight and Balance
CAE Oxford Aviation Academy ATPL programs include the following ratings:
ATPL programs are offered at the following CAE Oxford Aviation Academy schools: