• 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
    • act as pilot in command (PIC) of aircraft engaged in commercial air transport 

    Applicants for the issue of an ATPL shall have fulfilled the requirements for the type rating of the aircraft used in the skill test.


  • 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/power plant
    • Aircraft general knowledge - instrumentation 
    • Communications
    • Flight planning and monitoring
    • General navigation
    • Human performance
    • Mass and balance
    • Meteorology
    • Operational procedures
    • Performance
    • Principles of flight and 
    • Radio navigation

    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 aircraft 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.

    The skill test shall be take in the helicopter or an adequately qualified FFS representing the same type.

    Applicants for an ATPL(H) 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 helicopter 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.

    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.

  • 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).

    You must meet the experience requirements for the ATPL.

    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.  

    Theoretical

    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).

    Flying

    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.

    Application

    You will need to include form SRG2133 and your military logbook(s) with your application. You may choose to send in your original logbooks or certified copies. 

     

     

  • Theoretical

    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.

    Flying

    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.

     

    Theoretical

    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

     


  • Further information

    Full guidance on the privileges, training and hours requirements for an ATPL(H) can be found in Subpart F of Part-FCL Easy Access Rules

    How to apply

    The paperwork you will need to submit to apply for an ATPL(H) is as follows:

    • Application form SRG1183H
    • Examiner report form SRG2138
    • A copy of your Examiner’s licence, medical and Authorisation (only if you used a non-UK examiner for the skills test)
    • A copy of the Simulator approval certificate (only if you used a non-UK simulator for the skills test)
    • A certified copy of your licence
    • A certified copy of your photo ID
    • Original or certified copy of your Flying Logbook (s)
    • PIC/US letter (on company headed paper) from Operating Company 


      Guidance on documentation, specifically on obtaining certified copies, can be found here:

      https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Pilot-licences/Applications/Documentation/Guidance-on-documentation/

      This paperwork can be sent by post to our Gatwick Office or by email to licenceapplications@caa.co.uk

      Alternatively, you can apply using our e-Licensing system.

      If you choose to apply using e-Licensing, you will need to upload the following documents as part of the application:

      Name in e-Licensing Document required
      Identification Document A certified copy of your photo ID
      ATPL Skills Test

      Examiner report form SRG2138

      + Examiner's licence, medical, examiner certificate (if non-UK examiner used)

      These will all need to be uploaded as one PDF document.

      Flying Experience with PIC/US Letter PICUS letter from airline
      ATPL Flying Hours Confirmation

      Form CAA5013

      Or

      Form CAA5014 for military credits

      Certified copy of licence for update rating(s) ATPL (A) A certified copy of your licence

      Please note that you should not upload paper application form SRG1183H as eLicensing replaces this application form. You also do not need to submit your logbooks when using e-Licensing, as the hours confirmation form replaces this requirement.

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