Training at our ATP Flight School to Achieve Your Airline Job

First, what does ATP stand for and what does it all mean?

Airline Transport Pilot certificate, which we refer to in America as an ATP. It’s the highest level an aircraft
pilot can achieve.  This allows them Air Carrier privileges, meaning they can be hired by an airline best atp flight school optionoperating in the United States to carry passengers or cargo.  Quick reference qualifications for the ATP flight school to ensure a student pilot completes:

  • Commercial Pilot license with multi engine privileges
  • 1500 total logged hours
  • 500 cross country (XC) hours
  • 100 hours of night flight
  • 75 hours of instrument time
  • 23 years of age

Read more about the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Program (ATP) and updates directly on the
FAA’s webpage.
   At Epic Flight Academy we are ready to help you achieve your ATP certificate.  Our courses accelerate you through Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi Engine Pilot courses in 6-8 months.  We can then guide you down the right path to build your 1500 hours.  Many student pilots choose to become flight instructors.  This allows them to log hours while earning money, a win-win situation.  Before your know it you’re taking your ATP checkride and applying for airlines.

Our Florida ATP Flight School

At our ATP flight school we teach all the courses leading up to and including what you need to know for the ATP written exam. Quick clarification. Let’s get the lingo correct…there is the ATP, which is a United States certification, and there is the European ATPL.  If someone is talking to you about ATPL they are referring to European standards, typically ATPL theory courses.  Majority of ATP flight schools do not have the ability to train for both the ATP and the ATPL but at Epic Flight Academy you’re in luck!  If you want to become a pilot that is worldwide qualified we have training courses for you to meet both United States (FAA) and European (EASA) licensing requirements.  Take a look around our website to learn more about all our ATP flight school has to offer.  Better yet, call us at 1-866-FLY-EPIC or for free Skype: epicflightacademy
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ATP Certificate

The Airline Transport Pilot Multi-Engine certificate is the pinnacle of pilot ratings, provided by select ATP flight schools across the country, and is required for pilots flying passengers or cargo under Part 121 and some Part 135 operations.  While the ATP certificate is required only by these particular operations, it has eclipsed this sole purpose and is now required by most professional flight departments. The new mandate, which was put into effect in 2013, requires first officers to have a type rating and an ATP certificate, with an absolute minimum of 1,000 hours. Given that the ATP certificate requires 1,500 hours of total flight time, one may wonder how this is possible. The answer is simple. If you complete a degree in aviation from a qualified university, it is possible to earn the Restricted ATP certificate, or R-ATP, after as little as 1,000 hours of flight time provided that the pilot is at least 21 years old. To earn the full ATP certificate, you must be at least 23 years old and have at least 1,500 hours of total flight time, 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight, and 75 hours of instrument.

ATP Flight Training Timeline

The Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010 went even further, to mandate the revision of ATP flight training requirements. In the past, you could either take a course or do a home study until ready to take the test.  ATP flight training was significantly less expensive, and you could earn your ATP certificate for as little as the cost of going out for dinner. Now, the FAA requires you to complete full ATP flight training with an accredited ATP flight school. Following this, the next step is to take the ATP Multi-Engine Airplane written exam (ATM). Once the written test is passed, the pilot has 60 months to complete the practical exam. If the written test is failed, it is not required to be re-taken; the pilot simply must receive some additional training and an endorsement from an accredited ATP flight school. In the past, the ATP written test was only valid for 24 calendar months, forcing many pilots to repeat the onerous exam before actually taking the practical. As a result of the time limit increase, you can now pursue ATP flight training as early as age 18, complete the training and written, and receive your certificate on your 21st birthday.

Joining our ATP Flight School Information

We look forward to your evaluation of all ATP flight schools and welcome any questions you might have in making your decision.  There are so many details to flight training and we know it might be difficult for you to understand.  Much less provide all the right answers to your parents or sponsor about the right ATP flight school to choose.  Let our Admissions Department provide you with all the necessary details concerning your course of choice, pricing, discounts, how to obtain your M1 visa (international student), and even flight training loans you might qualify for. Contact us now for more information!