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Master the skills to begin your career as an airline pilot. Our comprehensive programme takes you from zero flying hours through ground school to the skies in a multi-engine, multi-crew aircraft. By the end of the course you’ll have the confidence and the superior aviation knowledge to join the next generation of world-class pilots.

The ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) programme is a comprehensive course that includes ground school, LOFT (line-oriented flight training), MCC (multi-crew cooperation), and single-engine and multi-engine flight training. Over two years, you’ll take part in five days of in-person and computer-based training every week, as well as self-study.

 

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The ATPL, or Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the highest level of airline pilot certification and is required to command or pilot a flight with nine more passenger seats.

Ground school

The ATPL Ground School course is structured into 54 weeks of theoretical study using Emirates Flight Training Academy’s state-of-the-art technology and facilities.


The Ground School’s initial 6 weeks start with an introduction to the technical and theoretical aspects of aviation. This initial phase focusses on essential Mathematics, including Mental Mathematics, Physics, Aviation English and Study skills. You will take a series of tests to assess your learning and you must successfully clear these tests to proceed to the next phase.


In the next 3 phases, you will study the ATPL theoretical knowledge subjects, as prescribed by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the aviation regulatory body in the UAE.

Duration
43 weeks
Location
Simulator & Aircraft
Requirements
Skill Tests

What this course includes:

  • Flying the circuit pattern
  • General handling (stalls, steep turns, climbing & descending, etc.)
  • Visual navigation
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Instrument flying, departure and approach procedures
  • Airways procedures
  • Instruments-only navigation
  • Night flying
  • Abnormal & emergency procedures

Your journey through Flight School starts with three weeks of classroom-based instruction on the Cirrus SR22 G6 aircraft, followed by approximately 200 hours of simulator and aircraft flying instruction.

Duration
5 weeks
Location
Simulator & Aircraft
Requirements
Skill Tests

This advanced part of the course takes your training to a whole new level. The Multi-Engine course starts with one week of ground school, then you’ll have approximately 40 hours of combined simulator and real aircraft flight training. You’ll cover everything you’ve already experienced in the single-engine course, but at a higher altitude and faster speed. Once you pass your Multi-Engine (ME), Instrument Rating (IR) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) skills test you will be qualified to start the next phase: the Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training.

Duration
2 weeks
Location
Simulator & Aircraft
Requirements
Skill Tests

Before starting the MCC course you will be introduced to the jet aircraft and exposed to International flight (LOFT). Jet Orientation introduces the cadets to jet operation in a multi-crew environment and makes for an easier transition to airline operations.

Duration
2 weeks
Location
Multi Engine Simulator
Requirements
Skill Tests

All your flying training has been aimed at teaching you how to fly single-engine and multi-engine aircraft as the ‘Pilot in Command’. In this next phase, you’ll need to learn how to interact in a multi-crew flight deck environment. This will enable you to assume the two distinct roles of Pilot Flying (PF) and Pilot Monitoring (PM). You will develop your non-technical skills including fast decision-making and communication when flying in a range of conditions.

English language assessment

All pilots must be proficient in English to meet the standard set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As part of your training, we’ll take you through a series of listening comprehension and speaking assessments with the Emirates Flight Training Academy English Language Proficiency Training Organisation (ELP TO). Find out more about the assessment here

Emirates Flight Training Academy provides a complete integration of flight training, ground school, accommodation and recreation under one roof, combining cutting edge learning technologies and a modern fleet of training aircraft to train cadets with the goal of qualifying pilots for the future requirement of the airline industry.

Frequently asked questions

You’re welcome to visit our state-of-the-art facility to ask questions and have a tour. Our working hours are from Monday to Thursday 0800 – 1530 and on Friday, 0730 – 1610. Please make an appointment before you visit.

The Emirates Flight Training Academy ATPL course duration is approximately 104 weeks and is divided into a theoretical knowledge course and practical flying.

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