How to apply for the ATPL(A) licence
If you are intending to convert an ICAO ATPL licence to an EASA ATPL please refer to CAP 804, part I, section 4, part Q, article 8 and annexe III, for flying and theory requirements including credits.
For gaining credits based on UK military service please refer to CAP 804, section 4, part O.
All of the documentation listed under You will need to provide must be submitted with the application form(s) before your application can be processed
The requirements set out below must be met before an ATPL (A) licence can be issued.
You must have completed an integrated training course or a modular course training course at an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) before you can apply for an EASA ATPL (A).
You will be required to pass the following EASA ATPL exams:
If you already hold an EASA ATPL in another category of aircraft you will receive theoretical knowledge bridge instruction at an EASA ATO to cover the differences identified between the ATPL syllabi for different aircraft categories.
You will need to pass theoretical knowledge exams in the following subjects in the appropriate aircraft category:
If you have already passed the relevant theoretical exam for an EASA CPL (A) you will be credited towards your EASA ATPL (A) exam requirements in subject VFR Communications.
If you have already passed the relevant theory exam for an EASA IR (A) you will be credited towards your EASA ATPL (A) exam requirements in the subject IFR Communications.
You must have completed a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, including at least:
Of the 1,500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may have been completed in a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT). Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.
You must have completed this flying experience before you can take the skills test for yor ATPL (A).
If you already hold a pilot licence for another category of aircraft you will be credited with flight time up to a maximum of:
You will need to pass a skills test to demonstrate your ability to perform the relevant procedures and manoeuvres with the competency appropriate to the privileges granted as PIC of a multi-pilot aeroplane under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
The skill test shall be taken in the aeroplane or an adequately qualified FFS representing the same type.
If the ATPL skills test is to be completed with a Non-UK Part-FCL examiner then the examiner must follow the requirement as detailed in Information notice IN 2014/110 and IN 2014/114. Please ensure these requirements have been met before completing the skills test.
Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid UK issued EASA class 1 medical certificate.
A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA
The cost for the issue of a Part FCL ATPL (A) licence is £243. This includes the initial type/class rating and an instrument rating.
To have your documents returned by secure courier will cost an additional £6 for UK addresses, £14 Europe or £22 Worldwide.
We aim to process applications in 10 working days from receipt.
The ATPL (A) has lifetime validity but the privileges granted by the licence are dependent on the validity of any applicable ratings it contains and of the medical certificate.
If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please also provide:
If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation, we will also require the following:
Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.
If you are applying on the basis on a Third country (Non EASA State) ICAO licence conversion, we will also require a copy of the Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate, which must be certified by the examiner who conducted your ATPL skills test. If your ICAO licence does not show the validity of dates of ratings, please submit certified copies of the relevant logbook pages that confirm the currency of the ratings. In addition we also require a letter of verification of the licence from the issuing National aviation authority.