Apply for the ATPL(A) Licence

How to apply for the ATPL(A) licence


The holder of a Part-FCL ATPL(A) can fly EASA Aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA Aeroplanes registered in the UK that fall within the privileges of the licence and the valid ratings included in the licence.

The licence allows you to:

- Exercise all the privileges of the holder of an LAPL(A), a PPL(A) and a CPL(A)

- Act as PIC of aeroplanes engaged in commercial air transport.


Theoretical Knowledge Examinations

Please refer to CAP804. Section 4 Part F, Subpart 1


You must have completed a minimum of

  • 1500 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, including at least:
    • 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on aeroplanes;
      • (i) 500 hours as PIC under supervision; or
      • (ii) 250 hours as PIC; or
      • (iii) 250 hours, including at least 70 hours as PIC, and the remaining as PIC under supervision;
    • 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours shall be as PIC or as PIC under supervision;
    • 75 hours of instrument time of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time; and
    • 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.

Of the 1500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may have been completed in an FFS and FNPT. Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.

The above experience must be completed before the skill test for the ATPL(A) is taken.

Skills test and Licence Issue Requirements.

  • You must pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL. This must be taken in the aeroplane or an adequately qualified FFS representing the same type.

    (Please ensure that your examiner has met the designation of examiner for skills test for initial issue of Licences, ratings and certificates and Briefing of Non UK examiners requirements, as detailed in information notice IN 2012/153 and IN 2012/156, if applicable)

  • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid PART MED class 1 medical certificate.
  • A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA


  • £243 for the issue a Part FCL ATPL (A).

An additional fee of £121 is payable if applying for an additional rating at this time.  Please refer to the Scheme of charges table 4 page 5.

An additional fee will also be payable if you would like your documents to be returned by secure courier.

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

We endeavour to process applications in 10 working days from receipt.

Validity period

The ATPL (A) has lifetime validity, however the privileges granted by a licence shall be dependent upon the validity of the ratings contained therein, if applicable, and of the medical certificate.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Fully completed Online Application.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Original skills test forms or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Payment
  • If you are applying on the basis on a Third country ICAO licence conversion we will also require the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate. 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 NAA.
  • If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part ORA Approved Training Organisation we will in addition require a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate and simulator approval.
  • If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please attach a copy of completed form SRG2133
  • Evidence of a valid language proficiency level, if not conducted as part of the Skills test.

Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met please complete and submit the online application form.

What to expect

  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.
  • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South