EASA Zero to ATPL modular training program


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Program Description


Today, more than ever, the airline industry needs highly trained and skilled professionals for the growing industry, to safely take to destination over 5 bn. passengers annually.

Being a Commercial Pilot comes also with a lot of responsibility, complex decision making and the ability to understand and cope with abnormal situations.

This program is designed for students with little to no flying experience and that want to pursue a career in aviation according to EASA regulations.

Flying Academy is highly specialized in offering training from ab-initio to “frozen” ATPL(A). The trainees of the program will start with PPL(A) and, upon obtaining the necessary flight experience, will continue with IR(A), CPL(A) modules or MEP (multi-engine aircraft) flight programs. After successful completion of the zero to ATPL(A) course, you will be issued an EASA CPL(A) license with ATPL(A) theory completed and will be authorized to act as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) of an aircraft in an airline. The ATPL(A) license is the highest level of aircraft pilot certification.


The privileges of the holder of an ATPL(A) are to act as pilot-in-command (Captain) or co-pilot (First Officer) in airplanes engaged in commercial air transportation exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(A), a CPL(A) and IR(A).

At the end of the course, each pilot will have 200 hours of flight experience out of which 100 as Pilot in Command (PiC).

Free iPad

Flying Academy is equipping all trainees starting the professional training, from ab-initio to frozen ATPL (A) (known as from zero to ATPL) with a free of charge iPad Mini 4G+WiFi. The iPad will be used primarily for studying as materials are sent wirelessly to the trainee’s iPad for each phase of the training: PPL – Plane operating handbooks, PPL manual, Charts, Planning tools and documents to ATPL – eBooks, but also for all intermediary steps [i.e. IR(A)].

Learning objectives

Ground Training – during the zero to ATPL course, the trainee will complete theoretical courses for PPL(A), IR(A), MEP(A) and ATPL650(A)

Flight training – the flight training will start with the PPL(A) including the NIGHT, continues with IR(A) and MEP(A), and finalizes with the CPL(A).

Ground Training

The applicant has to go through ground training covering:

  • Air law and ATC procedures
  • Airframes & systems, electrics, power plant, emergency equipment
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Communications
  • Flight Training

At the end of the training, the trainee must have a minimum of 200 total flight hours (including PPL(A) time):

  • 100 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of with full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure
  • 10 hours of instrument training
  • 5 hours of night flying including one cross-country flight and 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings
  • 5 hours on a complex airplane

Examination - Theoretical

For PPL(A) - The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at the CAA office in the form of written tests. Tests consist of nine subjects (Meteorology, Navigation, Communications, Aircraft General Knowledge, Principles of flight, Air Law, Flight performance and planning, Human Performance and limitations, Operational procedures).

For ATPL(A) - An applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a CPL(A) in accordance with EASA requirements in Part-ORA and Part-FCL.

Examination – Practical

The practical skill exams in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests [PPL(A) & ATPL(A)].

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as requested by EASA
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times.
Last updated Nov 2018

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Flying Academy is a flight school authorized by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) as well as the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). The academy’s highest priority is to provide a safe flying environment to all its pilots. Whether at the base in Prague, Brno or Miami, Flying Academy puts its customers first, because highest customer satisfaction is one of the school’s most important values. Constant innovation keeps us ahead of the competition not only by global presence but also in technology. Read less
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