Airline Transport Pilots Licence Theory Course (ATPLs)

Airline Transport Pilots Licence Theory Course (ATPLs)

Start Dates

2020 Start Dates:

  • Thursday 2nd January- Distance Learning
  • Monday 2nd March- Distance Learning
  • Tuesday 5th May- Distance Learning
  • Wednesday 1st July- Distance Learning
  • Monday 31 August
  • Tuesday 27th October



  • Minimum age: 17 ½
  • Must hold a valid EU ( Part-MED) issued Class 2 Medical (Hyperlink – class 1 medical page)
  • Must hold a valid ICAO PPL.

Course Goal

The ATPLs are a set of 14 subjects and exams which are required for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence. You have two options to complete this module, either full time or by distance learning. The full time course is 650 hours of classroom based training conducted over a six month period at the academy. The distance learning course requires 65 hours of class room study and can be completed in six to eighteen months. The full time course is split into three bi-monthly modules culminating in a set of exams at the end of each module.

  • All course material is delivered digitally by iPad.
  • All examinations are taken electronically can be sat at either AFTA’s examination centre in Cork or the Irish Aviation Authority centre in Dublin after each module. All examinations are set by the Irish Aviation Authority.

Course Syllabus

 Module (8 Weeks)

  • Flight Planning
  • Mass & Balance
  • Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance

Module (8 Weeks)

  • Principles of Flight
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • VFR Comms
  • IFR Comms

 Module (8 Weeks)

Aircraft General Knowledge

  • Instrumentation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Air Law

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