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The minimum age to get an ATPL is 21 years old and you will need to hold a Part MED Class 1 Medical Certificate.
If you hold an ATPL you can, in the appropriate aircraft category:
Applicants for the issue of an ATPL shall have fulfilled the requirements for the type rating of the aircraft used in the skill test.
If you are upgrading to an ATPL from an MPL, and you do
not hold any privileges on your MPL for a single pilot aircraft, then your ATPL
will continue to be restricted to multi-crew operations only, as your MPL would
To apply for an ATPL, you must have fulfilled the
training and experience requirements for the type rating of the aircraft used
in the skill test.
For example, if you are taking the skill test on a
Boeing 737, you must have met the relevant flight training requirements for
that type of aircraft before the Skill Test.
If you are applying for an ATPL (A) you will need
When you apply for your ATPL, you must have previously passed the ATPL theoretical knowledge exams in the relevant subject areas. You will likely have done this as part of your training towards the CPL/IR or MPL.
The theoretical knowledge areas include:
You must have completed a minimum of 1500 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, including at least:
1. 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on aeroplanes
2. 500 hours as Pilot in command under supervision (PICUS)
250 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC)
250 hours to include a minimum of 70 hours as PIC and the remainder as PICUS.
3. 200 hours of cross-country flight time, of which at least 100 hours should be as PIC or as PIC under supervision
4. 75 hours of instrument time, of which not more than 30 hours can be instrument ground time
5. 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.
Of the 1500 hours of total flight time required, up to 100 hours can be completed in a suitable simulator (FFS or FNPT - but only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT).
For two pilot operations in single pilot aeroplanes to be accepted as “Multi-pilot operations” you must show evidence that the approval of the operator to carry out the flight included a legal requirement that two pilots acting together was the minimum allowable crew for the flight.
The European Aircrew Regulation includes the following definitions:
For aeroplanes, it means an operation requiring at least 2 pilots using multi-crew cooperation in either multi-pilot or single-pilot aeroplanes;
For helicopters, it means an operation requiring at least 2 pilots using multi-crew cooperation on multi-pilot helicopters.
For aeroplanes, it means aeroplanes certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots;
For helicopters, airships and powered-lift aircraft, it means the type of aircraft which is required to be operated with a co-pilot as specified in the flight manual or by the air operator certificate or equivalent document.
A flight with two pilots who are simply taking turns to fly - and where the flight could still take place if only one pilot was available - is not a multi-pilot operation. For a flight to be accepted as multi-pilot the law that applied to the flight must require 2 pilots.
Documentary evidence from both the operator (Air Operator's Certificate clearly identifying the nature of the operations) and the national authority concerned confirming that the aircraft used was required to be operated solely by 2 pilots qualified on type will be required as well as logbook evidence.
At the end of training and when all licence requirements have been met, you will need to take a skill test with an examiner.
The skill test shall be taken in the aeroplane or an adequately qualified FFS representing the same type.
Applicants for an ATPL(A) shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part FCL to demonstrate the ability to perform, as PIC of a multi-pilot aeroplane under IFR, the relevant procedures and manoeuvres with the competency appropriate to the privileges granted.
For the issue of a licence the applicant shall apply not later than 6 months after having succeeded at the skill test.
All theoretical and hours requirements must have been met before the skills test is completed.
Full credit towards the requirement to complete a training course prior to undertaking the theoretical knowledge examinations may be available if you hold:
You must meet the experience requirements for the ATPL.
We will need to verify your licensing details with your other authority. Therefore, you must include form SRG 2142 and a copy of your ICAO licence, medical and logbook/s with your application. Please see 'How to apply' section below for more information.
The Military Accreditation Scheme sets out the credits for UK Military Flight Crew, so the scheme is only open to serving Members of HM UK Forces or people discharged from HM UK Forces.
The scheme is only open to people who can provide proof of UK Military service.
QMP(A)s who hold or have held an Operational Category and Unrestricted Military Green IR (Aeroplanes) are credited the requirement to complete a theoretical knowledge instruction course as set out in FCL.515 and Appendix 3, paragraph B prior to attempting the theoretical knowledge examinations for the ATPL(A).
Qualified Military Pilots who hold or have held an operational category with a Military
Unrestricted Green Instrument Rating to operate military multi-pilot aeroplanes may
apply the credits below, towards satisfying the Part-FCL requirements.
The following types are considered to be multi-pilot aeroplanes for this purpose:
Multi pilot experience gained on the Shadow can be accepted towards the ATPL issue but the ATPL cannot be opened with this type.
Qualified Military Pilots are given full credit for the Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) and the requirement to undergo a training course before taking the skill test for the issue
of an ATPL(A).
You must hold or have held:
You must also have met the experience requirements for an ATPL(A).
The skill test must be conducted by the holder of a Type Rating Examiner (TRE) Certificate for the aeroplane type, authorised to conduct an ATPL skill test, issued under Part-FCL.
The skill test must be conducted in:
You will need to include form SRG2133 with your application
An applicant for an ATPL holding a valid ATPL in another category of aircraft needs to complete
theoretical knowledge bridge instruction at an ATO according to the differences identified between the ATPL syllabi for different aircraft categories.
The applicant shall pass theoretical knowledge examinations as defined in this Part for the following subjects in the appropriate aircraft category:
The applicant is credited the remaining ATPL(A) examinations.
An applicant for an ATPL(A) having passed the relevant theoretical examination for a CPL(A) or CPL (H) is credited towards the theoretical knowledge requirements in subject VFR communications.
An applicant for an ATPL(A) having passed the relevant theoretical examination for an IR(A) or IR(H) is credited towards the theoretical knowledge requirements in subject IFR Communications.
When the applicant holds a current and valid pilot licence for another categories of aircraft they can be credited with flight time up to a maximum of:
Holders of a UK issued flight engineer licence may be credited with 50% of the flight engineer time up to a maximum of 250 hours. These 250 hours may be credited against the 1500 hours of total flight time listed above and the 500 hours multi-pilot operations requirement above, provided that the total credit given against any of these does not exceed 250 hours.
The experience requirement shall be completed before the skill test for the ATPL(A) is taken.
Full guidance on the privileges, training and hours requirements for an ATPL(A) can be found in Subpart F of Part-FCL Easy Access Rules.
There are three methods you can use to apply for an ATPL(A) issue; E-Licensing, online or paper application forms.
As part of our improvements to our licence application service we are reducing the use of paper application forms. Please note that from 10 May 2021 you will only be able to apply for this service using our E-Licensing or online methods. The paper version of the SRG1183A will no longer be accepted.
If you choose to apply using e-Licensing, you will need to upload supporting documents as part of the application. Applicants will be asked for different supporting documentation depending on the selections they have made during the application. The table below lists the evidence you may be asked for and what you should upload in that section.
Examiner report form SRG2199
+ Examiner's licence, medical & examiner certificate (if non-UK examiner used)
These will all need to be uploaded as one PDF document.
PICUS letter from airline
+MPL restriction removal letter if applicable
Form CAA5014 for military credits along with SRG2133
You should not upload paper application form SRG1183A as eLicensing replaces this form.
Please note that you cannot use e-Licensing to submit your application if you are using credits from a Third Country Licence. In this instance, you would need to submit a paper or online AVOKA form instead.
You can submit your application using our online form.
If you choose this method, you will need to upload the following supporting evidence:
If your Theoretical knowledge (TK) exams have been passed with another NAA:
If you do not have a UK issued RT licence:
How to get copies of your documents certified
Please note that there is currently 200Mb size limit to files uploaded to our forms. If your attachments exceed 200Mb, you should send all supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your application reference number.
All documents should be uploaded with a different filename clearly stating the content of the file attachment (for example Passport, Licence copy etc.)
Submitting documents with the same filename may result in the loss of information in the system and added delays to the application assessment.
For questions relating to paperwork, such as how to obtain certified copies of documents please refer to guidance on documentation.
The paperwork you would need to submit to apply for an ATPL(A) is as follows:
UK military pilots need to additionally submit completed form SRG2133
Pilots applying on the basis of holding a Third Country ICAO ATPL(A) will also need to submit the following paperwork:
This paperwork can be sent by post to our Gatwick Office or by email to email@example.com
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that all paperwork is sent to us electronically.
Please ensure that your training provider is approved to conduct the training that you are undertaking.
We strongly recommend you check that your instructor and examiner hold the relevant privileges to conduct the training and any flight test, examination or assessment of competence that is being carried out.
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