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ATPL(H) Content and Requirements
Airline Transport Pilot Licence ATPL(H):

Content and Requirements

In the ATPL(H) training, you are provided with the necessary knowledge and skills, as a co-pilot of multi-engine helicopters with 2 pilots, to safely operate under visual flight rules. This integrated training must be completed within 36 months.

The practical part of the training is almost identical to the CPL(H) commercial pilot training; the theory however is much more extensive. After completing your ATPL training and passing the theory test, you will attain the licence as a CPL(H) with the endorsement “ATPL theory credit”, until you have collected enough practical flight experience: This means that you may already start working as co-pilot on transport helicopters. Only when you have proof of at least 1,500 flight hours, and have passed a skill test, are you allowed to fly multi-engine helicopters as Pilot in Command (PIC).

Practical Training

The practical training comprises 150 hours, 20 of which are to be carried out in a FNPT-II flight simulator (Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer Type II). After a minimum of 45 flight hours, you have the opportunity to take an intermediate exam in order to acquire the private pilot licence PPL(H).

Practical Exam

The practical exam usually starts at your training location and is administered by an expert of the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Aviation Office).

Theoretical Training

The full-time course for applicants with no prior knowledge comprises 650 theory hours, of which you will be trained for a minimum of 20 hours in Multi Crew Co-operation. 

Theory Subjects

  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Technology
  • Aerodynamics
  • Instruments
  • Flight Performance
  • Flight Planning

The theoretical exam is held at the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (German Federal Aviation Office) in Braunschweig.

  • Minimum age 17 years at the start of training (with written consent from parent or legal guardian)
  • Minimum age 21 years upon acquisition of licence
  • Aviation medical certificate class 1
  • Proof of identity: a copy of your identification card (ID) or passport
  • 3 passport photos
  • Certification of a valid ZÜP - background check pursuant to §7 LuftSiG (Aviation Security Act)
  • Certificate of good conduct – (corresponds to clearance certificate document type O issued by the police)
  • Declaration concerning pending criminal proceedings
  • Current excerpt from the Central Register of Traffic Offenders
  • Proof of first aid certification (not older than 1 year)
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