Airline Transport Pilot Licence Theory – (ATPL Theory)

One of the stages you undertake when completing your 0-ATPL program. You cannot obtain an ATPL license without completing the ATPL theory. This is done by successfully passing 14 theoretical exams including Meteorology, Principles of Flight, and Navigation.


Commercial pilot training consists of theoretical and aircraft flight instructions. Phases one, two, three, and four are spent in various aircraft and simulators. They account for 43% of the total course time. The ATPL theory is spent in a classroom environment and accounts for the remainder. The ATPL theory requires a student’s focus and dedication to full-time study and revision.


The ATPL theory is divided into three sections. The ATPL Theory stage is designed to teach you all the theory that is required in order to safely and professionally operate aircraft in a commercial environment. After every completed section the corresponding exams are taken at the CAA (Local Civil Aviation authority).

There are 14 subjects:

  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge covering; power-plants, systems, and electrics
  • Air Law
  • IFR Communications
  • VFR Communications
  • Principles Of Flight
  • Instrumentation
  • Performance
  • Flight Planning
  • Operational Procedures
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Mass and Balance

Some find that the ATPL Theory is the most demanding part of the course, and we advise that students set their pace from the start, applying themselves conscientiously to their study. Our students have regular reviews with their instructors throughout the ATPL theory and support is offered through our Student Services team.


Getting a head start

We deliver our ATPL Theory using a blended learning solution which includes online material; classroom-based instruction; computer-based learning and self-study. Our classroom tuition is delivered using material who delivers up-to-date commercial pilot training content.


If you want to see how the training is conducted, you can make a reservation for INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT with us by contacting [email protected] .
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