ATPL exams are one of the challenging stages on the path to becoming an airline pilot. You can only start ATPL exams after you have finished the theory course. In order to start an ATPL theory course, you must meet the following requirements;
- Be at least 17 years old,
- Having a valid PPL (Private Pilot License),
- Get a minimum of 4 in the ICAO English Assessment, known as Aviation English
If you meet these conditions, you can start the ATPL theory course.
What are the ATPL Exams Subjects?
ATPL theory content consists of 14 main topics. You can successfully complete the ATPL exams by getting a score of at least 75% from each of these 14 subjects in the ATPL exams. The topics included in the ATPL theory content are as follows;
- Air Law and ATC Procedures
- Airframes & Systems (Frame/ Aircraft Systems/ Engine)
- Mass and Balance
- Flight Performance
- Flight Planning & Monitoring
- Human Performance & Limitations
- General Navigation
- Radio Navigation
- Operational Procedures
- Principles of Flight
- VFR Communication
- IFR Communication
ATPL exams are organized by the civil aviation authorities of the countries and the authorities determine the dates of the exams.
There are some rules you should know when taking the ATPL exams. These rules;
- You must complete 14 exams within 18 months.
- You have a maximum of 6 different sessions for 14 exams. If you cannot complete these 14 exams in the 6th session, you have to retake all the exams.
- To be successful in the exam you have taken, you must score at least 75%.
- You have the right to re-enter a lesson up to 4 times. If you fail the same course for the 4th time, you have to retake all the exams.