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Airline Transport Pilots Licence


This is the licence you will require to enter the airline world of aviation.

To operate as pilot in command on multi crew aircraft you must complete the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL).
It is obvious that the CPL is required should a career in aviation be your dream. This will also allow you to build the mandatory experience required for the ATPL.

Requirements for the issue of a Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL):

1. Be at least 21 years old.

2. Be the holder of a Class 1 medical certificate.

3. Hold a General Radio Telephony certificate.

4. Hold a valid CPL

5. Have completed, within the previous 60 months, a multi-crew cooperation course at an approved ATO

6. You must have successfully completed the SACAA ATPL theory examinations.

7. You must complete a ATPL Flight Test, as PIC (pilot-in-command), in a multi-engine aircraft, in an actual or simulated multi-crew and IFR scenario, conducted by a Grade One Designated Flight Examiner (DFE I).

8. Application must be made to the SACAA for the Airline Transport Pilots Licence. The applicable fee must be paid.

9. You must have completed, not less than:

  • 1500 hours of flight time of which;
  • 500 hours PICUS,
  • 250 hours as PIC, of which up to 150 hours may be PICUS, and
  • 200 hours must be cross-country flight time, of which 100 hours may be as co-pilot or PICUS,
  • 75 hours must be instrument time, of which not more than 30 hours may be acquired in an FSTD approved for the purpose; and
  • 100 hours shall be night flight time as PIC or as co-pilot.

10. The 1500 hours flying experience referred to previously may comprise flight time in any of the following capacities:

  • As PIC, counted in full
  • As pilot under instruction (dual), counted in full
  • As co-pilot performing under the supervision of the PIC the functions and duties of the PIC, counted in fll up to a maximum of 500 hours, provided both pilots have completed multi-crew co-operation training
  • As an appropriately rated co-pilot, counted in full
  • As student PIC and as student PICUS up to a maximum of 50 hours towards the PIC time required for the issue of an ATPL, counted in full, provided that the Part 141 ATO has been authorised by the Director to allow the logging of student PICUS flight time
  • A maximum of 100 hours may have been completed in an FSTD of which a maximum of 25 hours may have been completed in a flight procedures trainer 1 (FNPT I), or, where the training is provided in an integrated training course, 40 hours in an FNPT II, which may include 10 hours in an FNPT I.

This licence allows you to act as pilot in command on any aircraft, once you have been appropriately rated. This is the licence required to become an Airline Captain.

Why not read our Career Guidance Section now......



Without an ATPL you can't become a Captain. 



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Career Guidance

Students, parents and sponsors - please read the career guidance page
Students, parents and sponsors - please read the career guidance page


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P.O. Box 1332, George, 6530, South Africa

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