What is ATPL Theory?

Air Transport Pilot Licence Theory (ATPL) is the theoretical knowledge you have to have as a part of your airline pilot training. It can be studied in the classroom or as distance learning (eLearning) with some minimum required attendance at a flight school.

ATPL theory consists of the following 14 subjects:

  1. Air Law
  2. Airframe / Systems / Power-plant
  3. Instrumentation
  4. Mass and Balance
  5. Performance
  6. Flight Planning and Monitoring
  7. Human Performance
  8. Meteorology
  9. General Navigation
  10. Radio Navigation
  11. Operational Procedures
  12. Principles of Flight
  13. VFR Communications
  14. IFR Communications

It takes approximately 650 hours of study to cover all the subjects. Each of them is completed with a written exam at a CAA approved examination centre.