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.
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.
What this course includes
i. Air Law
ii. Aircraft General Knowledge:
a. Airframes and System
c. Power Plant
d. Emergency Equipment
iv. Mass & Balance
v. Performance (Aeroplane)
vi. Flight Planning and Monitoring
vii. Human Performance & Limitations
ix. General Navigation
x. Radio Navigation
xi. Operational Procedures
xii. Principles of Flight (Aeroplane)
xiii. Visual Flight Rules Communications
xiv. Instrumental Flight Rules Communications
The Ground School phase is the first challenging part of your Integrated ATPL training. The ground school is an intense period of theoretical study using state-of-the-art technology, VR and advanced flight simulators. You need to pass 14 exams spread over three phases that are overseen by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the aviation regulatory body in the UAE.
Simulator & Aircraft
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.
Simulator & Aircraft
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.
Multi Engine Simulator
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.
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 EFTA English Language Proficiency Training Organisation (ELP TO). Find out more about the assessment here
This course is mandatory for UAE nationals before taking the ATPL course. International cadets can also opt to take the Aviation Sciences Foundation.
Over a period of 20 weeks, the course will introduce you to the technical and theoretical aspects of aviation. We’ll use a variety of face-to-face and computer-based training in Aviation Sciences five days a week.
Some of the subjects you’ll study include maths, physics, meteorology, the principles of flight, general navigation and aircraft general knowledge. You’ll also get to know some of the key facilities at EFTA such as the air traffic control tower and aircraft hangers.
At the end of the course, you’ll take a series of written tests to assess your learning. If you’re successful, you’ll move on to the Theoretical Knowledge for the ATPL course.
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, 0800 – 1500. Please make an appointment before you visit.
The Emirates Flight Training Academy ATPL course duration is approximately 113 weeks and is divided into a theoretical knowledge course and practical flying.