• The minimum age to get an ATPL is 21 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:

    • exercise all the privileges of the holder of a LAPL, PPL and CPL.  (To exercise LAPL privileges you will need a LAPL licence)
    • act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot of aircraft flown for commercial air transport operations.  
    • act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aircraft.
    • act as co-pilot in commercial air transport.

  • Training

    Pre-requisites

    If you are applying for an ATPL (H) you will need to already hold a CPL (H) and a multi-pilot helicopter type rating and have received instruction in multi-crew co-operation (MCC).

  • Theoretical knowledge examinations

    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: 

    • Air law
    • Aircraft general knowledge - airframe/systems/powerplant
    • Aircraft general knowledge - instrumentation
    • Mass and balance
    • Performance
    • Flight planning and monitoring
    • Human performance
    • Meteorology
    • General navigation
    • Radio navigation
    • Operational procedures
    • Principles of flight
    • Visual flight rules (VFR) communications
    • Instrument flight rules (IFR) communications



    Flight time

    You also need to have completed a minimum of 1000 hours of flight time as a pilot of helicopters, including at least: 

    1. 350 hours in multi-pilot helicopters
    2. 250 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC)
      or
      100 hours as PIC and 150 hours as Pilot in Command under supervision (PICUS)
      or
      250 hours as PICUS in multi pilot helicopters. In this case, the ATPL(H) is limited to multi pilot operations only, until 100 hours as PIC have been achieved
    3. 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours should be as PIC or as PIC under supervision
    4. 30 hours of instrument time of which not more than 10 hours may be instrument ground time
    5. 100 hours of night flight as PIC or as co-pilot

    Of the 1000 hours of total flight time, a maximum of 100 hours can be completed in an FSTD (not more than 25 hours can be completed in an FNPT).

    Multi-pilot experience gained in single pilot aircraft

    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: 

    Multi-pilot operation

    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.

    Multi-pilot aircraft

    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.

    This is to demonstrate that the procedures and manoeuvres that you will have been taught during training can be carried out competently as pilot in command (PIC) on the relevant aircraft category.

    More details can be found in Standards Document 3, 1A and 7A/H.

     


  • Crediting

    If you already a hold a licence or have flying experience you may be eligible for credits towards the flying training and theoretical knowledge training for the issue of a licence or rating.

    Theoretical

  • Full credit towards the requirement to undergo a training course  prior to undertaking the theoretical knowledge examinations may be available if you hold: 

    • a current and valid ATPL issued by or on behalf of a third country that is ICAO compliant (see Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention).

    • a validating medical for your third country licence.

    • a valid type rating on your third country licence for the same type of helicopter that will be used for the ATPL skill test (an EASA approved multi-pilot type).

    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(H) applying for a ATPL(H)/IR 

    QMP(H)s who hold or have held an Operational Category and Unrestricted Military Green IR (Helicopter) 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(H) with IR.

    QMP(H) applying for an ATPL(H) VFR

    QMP(H) applicants who hold or have held an Operational Category with a Military Restricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopter are credited the requirement to complete a theoretical knowledge  instruction course as set out in FCL.515 and Appendix 3, paragraph F and FCL.615 prior to attempting the theoretical knowledge examinations for the ATPL(H).

    An applicant for an ATPL holding a valid ATPL in another category of aircraft shall undertake 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:  

    • 021 - Aircraft General Knowledge: Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Powerplant, Emergency Equipment
    • 022 - Aircraft General Knowledge: Instrumentation
    • 032/034 - Performance Aeroplanes or Helicopters, as applicable,
    • 070 - Operational Procedures,
      and
    • 080 - Principles of Flight  

    The applicant is credited the remaining ATPL(H) examinations.

    An applicant for an ATPL(H), having passed the relevant theoretical examinations for a CPL(H) is credited towards the theoretical knowledge requirements in the following subjects:

    • Air Law
    • Principles of Flight (Helicopter)
    • VFR Communications  

     


    An applicant for an ATPL(H) with an IR(H), having passed the relevant theoretical examinations for a CPL(H) is credited towards the theoretical knowledge requirements in the following subjects:

    • Principles of Flight (Helicopter)
    • VFR Communications

     

  • Flying

  • Full credit towards the flying training may be available if you hold:  

    • a current and valid ATPL issued by or on behalf of a third country that is ICAO compliant (see Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention).

    • a validating medical for your third country licence

    • a valid type rating on your third country licence for the same type of aircraft that will be used for the ATPL skill test (an EASA approved helicopter type list)

      You must meet the experience requirements for the ATPL.

    Flying Experience Credits

    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.  


    Credits available for QMP(H)s who hold or have held an Operational Category to operate military multi-pilot helicopters for an ATPL(H) and IR(H)  

    QMP(H)s who hold or have held an Operational Category with a Military Unrestricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopters need to meet all the requirements for the issue of a Part-FCL ATPL(H) and IR(H) for helicopters.  

    Those Qualified Military pilots (H) described above may apply the following credits towards satisfying the Part-FCL requirements. 

    The following types are considered to be multi-pilot helicopters for this purpose:  

    • Apache AH-64D
    • Bell 212
    • Chinook
    • Griffin
    • Lynx Mk 7/9A
    • Merlin Mk 3/3A
    • Puma (SA330)
    • Sea King Mk 3/3A/4/5/6    

    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(H). You will have to provide log book evidence to your ATO.  

    You must hold or have held:  

    • Operational Category with a Military Unrestricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopters.
    • You must also have met the experience requirements for an ATPL(H). 

    Skill test 

    The skill test will be conducted by the holder of a Type Rating Examiner (TRE) certificate issued under Part-FCL, authorised to conduct an ATPL skill test in: 

    • an appropriate multi-pilot type of military helicopter on which the applicant is or has been qualified to operate as a QMP, suitably equipped for the purpose, which has an EASA civilian equivalent multi-pilot helicopter type,
      or  
    • an appropriate multi-pilot type of civilian helicopter provided the applicant has completed the Part-FCL requirements for inclusion of that type with IR in a Part-FCL licence except the type rating skill test.

    ATPL(H)VFR without an Instrument Rating

    QMP(H)s who hold or have held an Operational Category with a Military Restricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopters must meet all the requirements for the issue of a Part-FCL ATPL(H) VFR for helicopters. 

    The following types are considered to be multi-pilot helicopters for this purpose: 

    • Bell 212
    • Chinook
    • Griffin
    • Lynx Mk 7/9A
    • Merlin Mk 3/3A
    • Puma (SA330)
    • Sea King Mk 3/3A/4/5/6
    • AH-64D Apache

    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(H).

    You must hold or have held:  

    • Operational Category with a Military Restricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopters.
    • You must also have met the experience requirements for an ATPL(H). (LINK HERE TO ATPL(H) requirements)

    Skill test  

    The skill test must be conducted by the holder of a Type Rating Examiner (TRE) Certificate for the helicopter type, authorised to conduct an ATPL skill test, issued under Part-FCL.   

    The skill test will be conducted by the holder of a Type Rating Examiner (TRE) certificate issued under Part-FCL, in: 

    • an appropriate multi-pilot type of military helicopter on which the applicant is or has been qualified to operate as a QMP, suitably equipped for the purpose, which has an EASA civilian equivalent multi-pilot helicopter type,

      or  
    • an appropriate multi-pilot type of civilian helicopter provided the applicant has completed the Part-FCL requirements for inclusion of that type in a Part-FCL licence except the type rating skill test.  

    QMP(H)s who hold or have held an Operational Category with a Military Restricted Green Instrument Rating (Helicopter) to operate military multi-pilot helicopters seeking to add an IR to a Part-FCL ATPL(H) VFR may do so by satisfying the credits for the inclusion of an IR rating on the Part-FCL licence.  

    The IR skill test must be taken on the multi pilot helicopter type held on the Part-FCL ATPL (H) VFR.

    Flight time in aeroplanes shall be credited up to 50% against the 1000 hours flight time requirements.  

    The experience requirement shall be completed before the skill test for the ATPL(H) is taken.

     


  • How to apply

    • If you hold a valid multi-pilot type on your UK issued Part-FCL CPL H/IR, you need to download CAA 5005 with CAA5004 and apply using our elicensing system.

    • If you are applying via the UK Military Accreditation Scheme, you need to download CAA 5014 with CAA5004 and SRG 2133 and apply using our elicensing system.

    • If you are converting from a UK JAR ATPLH, please apply using our elicensing system. If you require the issue or reissue of a UK national licence or rating, you will need to use SRG1104.

    For all other routes, please apply via our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application forms ( such as ID and logbooks):

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