What is the Integrated ATPL Program?
The Integrated ATPL program is to prepare students without previous flight experience for an airline career track in an accelerated manner (18 months). The program includes the ground, flight and simulator training required to obtain a Commercial Licence and Group 1 Instrument Rating, as well as satisfy the knowledge requirements for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.
In order to obtain an ATPL, a pilot must satisfy three metrics that differ from the requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). These requirements are grouped under Knowledge, Experience and Skill.
Would-be ATPL holders must write and pass two Transport Canada written exams (70% minimum to pass). The SAMRA exam includes meteorology, radio navigation and flight planning, while the SARON exam includes law, flight operations and general navigation topics. Typically, pilots must have at least 750 hours to attempt these exams. In the Integrated ATP program, these exams are written prior to graduation.
Pilots must obtain the following experience, assuming they only fly fixed-wing:
- 1500 hours total flight time (≤1295 hours after graduation)
- 250 hours pilot-in-command flight time (≤150 PIC hours after graduation)
- 100 hours pilot-in-command cross-country flight time (≤25 PIC cross-country hours after graduation)
- 100 hours night flight time as pilot-in-command or as co-pilot (≤95 night PIC hours after graduation. Students have the option of doing more)
- 75 hours instrument flight time of which a maximum of 25 hours may be in flight simulators (≤20 instrument flight hours after graduation)
In the 12 months prior to applying for the ATPL, a pilot must complete a Group 1 Instrument Rating (IR) flight test. This flight test occurs towards the end of the Integrated ATP program when students initially earn their Group 1 IR, but it is not feasible to obtain the additional experience required above within 12 months. However, a Group 1 IR is only considered valid for 24 months, so repeating the flight test to regain validity is normal practice. The first or second renewal should coincide with the experience requirements above and permit a graduate to obtain their ATPL.
The ATPL is an 18-month program that is divided into 12 six-week modules. Each module contains distinct ground and flight training objectives organized to present material in a logical sequence and to maximize the effective use of time. Students follow the typical progression of professional flight training at WWFC:
- Private Pilot Licence
- Night Rating
- Cross-Country Experience
- Commercial Licence Flight Test
- Multi-Engine Rating
- Instrument Rating
- Multi-Crew Cooperation
After completing the Instrument Rating and acquiring all required flight time, students will participate in a simulator-based two-crew operations module. This module places students in the cockpit of a multi-engine, turbine powered aircraft, which they will operate as a crew through a variety of scenarios using operational techniques and procedures representative of those found at airlines.
Students will complete 750 hours of classroom and computer-based training, which is divided into two types of courses used at WWFC.
- Flight Management courses focus on theory and essential background knowledge, and relate to a specific Transport Canada exams.
- Flight Lab courses are the in-class portion of the Flight and Simulator Training, and focus more directly on practical skill development.
In addition to the two types of courses, subject matter is divided into levels that reflect the relationship between the skills and knowledge presented in class, and the associated licences, rating or flight training.
- 100 Level – Private Pilot Licence
- 200 Level – Commercial Pilot Licence
- 300 Level – Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings
- 400 Level – ATPL & Airline Operations
Fill out our application form and we will contact you for an interview to discuss the program and ensure that it meets your goals and expectations. International students are recommended to start the application at least four months before the start date to allow time for visa application. A $100 application fee is required to hold a spot in the ground school and is due at the time of your application. A further deposit is required when you are accepted to the program.