ATPL Airline Transport Pilot
The way to the ATPL(H) license - practical commercial pilot training, ATPL theory, flying experience. We show you how it works.
The ATPL(H) license is not obtained by taking an exam as in the PPL or CPL training. The practical ATPL(H) training does not exist in this sense. Rather, the path to the ATPL(H) license consists of three elements:
1. practical training similar to CPL(H) and IR(H)
2. ATPL theory
3. gaining a specified experience* within seven years
Only when the specified hours are reached in the seven years, the commercial pilot receives the ATPL(H) license. Before this time, it is called a "frozen ATPL". If the required hours are not reached within the seven-year period, the license entry reads "CPL with ATPL theory" and represents an advantage on the job market, even in this form, over a license holder with CPL theory.
*The ATPL(H) license is issued if the following conditions are met within seven years:
- at the age of 21 years
- 1000 h flight experience incl. 350 h on multi crew helicopter
- 100 h night flight experience
- completed practical IR training
The IR theory remains valid for three years after passing the theory examination. Within this time the practical IR training must be completed. Otherwise the IR theory expires and the license status changes to ATPL/VFR.