ICAO/EASA/FAA Integrated ATPL Course
The integrated route involves a full-time course of study, generally lasting around 14-18 months. This takes a student from a complete beginner to a position where they are ready to take up a role as a pilot ready to work for the airlines. The main advantage is that a student enters an intense course of study within a dedicated and well-equipped training facility, surrounded by like-minded students and often with links to leading airlines.
Being a full-time student means your progress can be monitored at each stage of training, giving you every opportunity to make the most of your investment. Should you fail your ground exams and flight tests during your training (and this is exactly the same whether you’ve chosen the integrated or modular routes) while the chance does exist to retake them, airlines do look more favorably on graduates who have passed on their first attempt and with top marks. So it really is worth getting your head down, working hard and accepting all and whatever help and advice is available.
The ATPL ground exams – for many, are the most demanding part of the training. You’ll need to pass 14 exams covering subjects such as navigation, flight planning and aviation law.
Commercial Pilots License – the CPL is a basic requirement to be allowed to fly for financial reward. This is a major stepping stone towards a career in the airlines. You need a minimum of 178 hours of flight time to get this far, with flying more complex aircraft with retractable undercarriage and variable-pitch propellers.
The most demanding of the flying skills, flying solely with reference to the airplane’s instruments.
This is the most interesting part and at our international FTOs you can get a very good flying experience, here you get to fly with other international jets.
Multi Engine Rating
In the same way, that you might need different classes of license to operate cars, heavy trucks, and motorcycles, special ‘Type Ratings’ are required to operate different ‘types’ of aircraft – including multi-engine aircraft.
This would typically be your first additional qualification, allowing you to fly at night.
With all of this successfully completed, you will have what is known as a ‘Frozen ATPL’. The ‘frozen’ part refers to the fact that you have passed the required theory part of the Airline Transport Pilots License. To ‘unfreeze’ it you’ll need to have a total of 1,500 hours flying time logged.