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Helicopter Airline Transport Pilot

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The Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), or in the United States of America, an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), is the highest level of aircraft pilot rating or license.


The privilege of an ATP:

Those certified as Airline Transport Pilots are authorized to act as Pilot-In-Command of a scheduled or unscheduled air carrier's aircraft having a maximum gross weight over 12,500 pounds or having over 9 passenger seats.


A person who holds an airline transport pilot certificate is entitled to the same privileges as a person who holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating.


An airline transport pilot may instruct:


        (1) Other pilots in air transportation service in aircraft of the category, class, and type, as    applicable, for which the airline transport pilot is rated and endorse the logbook or other training record of the person to whom training has been given
        (2) In flight simulators, and flight training devices representing the aircraft referenced in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, when instructing under the provisions of this section and endorse the logbook or other training record of the person to whom training has been given

         (3) Only as provided in this section, except that an airline transport pilot who also holds a flight instructor certificate can exercise the instructor privileges under subpart H of this part for which he or she is rated  

     (4) In an aircraft, only if the aircraft has functioning dual controls, when instructing under the provisions of this section.

 

ATP certificate limitation


Excluding briefings and debriefings, an airline transport pilot may not instruct in aircraft, flight simulators, and flight training devices under this section:


(1) For more than 8 hours in any 24-consecutive-hour period; or
(2) For more than 36 hours in any 7-consecutive-day period.


An airline transport pilot may not instruct in Category II or Category III operations, unless he or she has been trained and successfully tested under Category II or Category III operations, as applicable.


What are the requirements?


To be eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate, a person must:


  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating
  • Pass a knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas of Sec. 61.155(c) of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought
  • Pass the practical test on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.157(e) of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of the applicable FAA requirement that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

 

How to get a ATP certificate and what do you need?


A person who is applying for an airline transport pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating, must have at least 1,200 hours of total time as a pilot that includes at least:


  • 500 hours of cross-country flight time
  • 100 hours of night flight time, of which 15 hours are in helicopters
  • 200 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot in command, or as second in command performing the duties of a pilot in command under the supervision of a pilot in command, or any combination thereof
  • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight with at least 25 hours in helicopters as a pilot in command, or as second in command performing the duties of a pilot in command under the supervision of a pilot in command, or any combination thereof.

  

Training in a flight simulator or flight training device may be credited toward the instrument flight time requirements of paragraph (a)(4) of this section, subject to the following:

  • Training in a flight simulator or a flight training device must be accomplished in a flight simulator or flight training device that represents a rotorcraft.
  • Except as provided in paragraph (b)(3) of this section, an applicant may receive credit for not more than a total of 25 hours of simulated instrument time in a flight simulator and flight training device.
  • A maximum of 50 hours of training in a flight simulator or flight training device may be credited toward the instrument flight time requirements of paragraph (a)(4) of this section if the aeronautical experience is accomplished in an approved course conducted by a training center certificated under part 142 of this chapter.

 
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