ATP Program Overview

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An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of aircraft pilot’s licence a pilot can hold. Almost all of the world’s commercial airlines have aircraft that must be flown by a crew of two or more pilots, and they must be commanded by a pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (i.e. the captain in an airline cockpit must have an ATPL). This licence is the end goal for practically all working pilots. In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three distinct variables that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.

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What is an ATPL?

An ATPL or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of aircraft pilot’s licence a pilot can hold. Almost all of the world’s commercial airlines have aircraft that must be flown by a crew of two or more pilots, and they must be commanded by a pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (i.e. the captain in an airline cockpit must have an ATPL). This licence is the end goal for practically all working pilots. In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three distinct variables that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.

The full-time program is divided into 12 six-week modules, which includes:

750 classroom ground school hours

205 aircraft flying hours

50+ simulator training hours (fixed base FTD)

Professional flight instruction

Students will complete the multi-crew cooperation module, which includes the following skills:

Flight deck communication and teamwork

Monitoring and cross-checking

Threat and error management

Flight Management Systems (FMS)

Use of checklists, SOPs

Workload management

Cost & Schedule

The cost of the program is approximately $75,000-80,000 including tax. This covers tuition, compulsory fees and third party fees, such as aviation tests and exams. The program will start April 2023. End date depends on completion of flight training hours and may vary per student. (Usually 18 months)

WWFC's program is approved by Transport Canada and approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (#105919).

What is the Integrated ATPL Program?

The Integrated ATPL program is to prepare students without previous flight experience for an airline career track in an accelerated manner (18 months). The program includes the ground, flight and simulator training required to obtain a Commercial Licence and Group 1 Instrument Rating, as well as satisfy the knowledge requirements for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three metrics that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.

Knowledge

Would-be ATPL holders must write and pass two Transport Canada written exams (70% minimum to pass). The SAMRA exam includes meteorology, radio navigation and flight planning, while the SARON exam includes law, flight operations and general navigation topics. Typically, pilots must have at least 750 hours to attempt these exams. In the Integrated ATP program, these exams are written prior to graduation.

Experience

Pilots must obtain the following experience, assuming they only fly fixed-wing:

1500 hours total flight time (≤1295 hours after graduation)

250 hours pilot-in-command flight time (≤150 PIC hours after graduation)

100 hours pilot-in-command cross-country flight time (≤25 PIC cross-country hours after graduation)

100 hours night flight time as pilot-in-command or as co-pilot (≤95 night PIC hours after graduation. Students have the option of doing more)

75 hours instrument flight time of which a maximum of 25 hours may be in flight simulators (≤20 instrument flight hours after graduation)

Skill

In the 12 months prior to applying for the ATPL, a pilot must complete a Group 1 Instrument Rating (IR) flight test. This flight test occurs towards the end of the Integrated ATP program when students initially earn their Group 1 IR, but it is not feasible to obtain the additional experience required above within 12 months. However, a Group 1 IR is only considered valid for 24 months, so repeating the flight test to regain validity is normal practice. The first or second renewal should coincide with the experience requirements above and permit a graduate to obtain their ATPL.

Program Overview

The ATPL is an 18-month program that is divided into 12 six-week modules. Each module contains distinct ground and flight training objectives organized to present material in a logical sequence and to maximize the effective use of time. Students follow the typical progression of professional flight training at WWFC:

Private Pilot Licence

Night Rating

Cross-Country Experience

Commercial Licence Flight Test

Multi-Engine Rating

Instrument Rating

Multi-Crew Cooperation

Multi-Crew Cooperation

After completing the Instrument Rating and acquiring all required flight time, students will participate in a simulator-based two-crew operations module. This module places students in the cockpit of a multi-engine, turbine powered aircraft, which they will operate as a crew through a variety of scenarios using operational techniques and procedures representative of those found at airlines.

Classroom Activities

Students will complete 750 hours of classroom and computer-based training, which is divided into two types of courses used at WWFC.

Flight Management courses focus on theory and essential background knowledge, and relate to a specific Transport Canada exams.

Flight Lab courses are the in-class portion of the Flight and Simulator Training, and focus more directly on practical skill development.

In addition to the two types of courses, subject matter is divided into levels that reflect the relationship between the skills and knowledge presented in class, and the associated licences, rating or flight training.

100 Level - Private Pilot Licence

200 Level - Commercial Pilot Licence

300 Level - Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings

400 Level - ATPL & Airline Operations

The ATP Program starts April 2023! APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

A $100 application fee is required to hold a spot in ground school and is due at the time of your application. You will also be required to complete AON testing for $130.

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ATPL Application Form 2022

Part 1 - Applicant Information

Address *
Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
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Education *
Citizenship *
Licences Held *
Note: Prior flight training is not required. However, total flight experience should not exceed 100 flight hours.
Information that may help process your application.

Part 2 - Documents

In order for your application to be processed, you must provide the following: Passport, Birth Certificate/Driver's Licence, Transport Canada Category 1 Medical (if you have a Commercial Pilot Licence), High School or Post-Secondary transcript.

Passport
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Birth Certificate/Driver's Licence
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High School OR Post-Secondary Transcript
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Any Aviation Documents
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Document Submission Check *

Part 3 - Agreement & Payment

The statements and information contained in this application are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand the application process and that Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre reserves the right of selection based on the information supplied with this application. By choosing "I Agree" below, I am electronically signing this document. I also understand that the application fee of CAD$100 is required to process the application.
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