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ATPL (A) theory course structure

Our ATPL Distance learning can progress at your own pace.

***Due to the current situation with COVID-19 all classroom-based training will be undertaken via remote video link until further notice***



  • Active Support
  • Padpilot ATPL(A) material
  • Study support

The ATPL course includes:

Padpilot’s ATPL(A) Learning Management System

High quality computer-based training

Classroom-based exam-preparation sessions (brush-ups)

Up to date ATPL question bank

You have a total of 6 sittings to pass all the exams and no more than 4 attempts at any one subject within those 6 sittings.

ATPL Phase 1

  • 022 – Instrumentation
  • 061 – General Navigation
  • 050 – Meteorology
  • 040 – Human Performance and Limitations

ATPL Phase 2

  • 062 – Radio Navigation
  • 021 – Airframe and Systems, Electrics, Power Plant and Emergency Equipment
  • 010 – Air Law
  • 033 – Flight Planning and Flight Monitoring
  • 090 – Communications. This subject has two separate exams: VFR Communications and IFR Communications, but we combine them on the course. ***

ATPL Phase 3

  • 071 – Operational Procedures
  • 081 – Principles of Flight
  • 032 – Performance
  • 031 – Mass and Balance

This is what you need first

When you have completed each module you may attempt the examinations with any EASA CAA Authority. We highly recommend you to do this with the Polish CAA in Warsaw due to the lower price and longer sittings (10 days).

You must register with the EASA CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), unless you are exempt from doing an approved course (for example if you are a military pilot or converting an ICAO license, you must get us to sign-off the fact that you have successfully completed an approved course before your exam bookings are accepted by the CAA authority.  You could sit your exams with any EASA CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

Course length

Your ATPL theory course with Padpilot will take around ten to thirteen months to complete, during which time you can build up your flying experience, and includes a combination of distance learning and classroom work. There are fourteen exams to be passed for the EASA ATPL (A) theory, some more difficult than others.

All the lessons in Padpilot must be completed successfully before you can take the examinations.

Progress is recorded through a series of quizzes for each lesson, as well as larger progress tests to conclude each significant section. Padpilot automatically sends us the results and our instructors are available throughout the process to provide all the support you will need.

Before you start your ATPL theory course, you must have a PPL issued to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This is a mandatory requirement and you will be asked when you register for your course for your licence number, so please ensure that you have this to hand when signing up.

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Before, during and after your flight training we provide a 1 on 1 direct aviation service. Active Support means quick response within 24 hours via our Whatsapp service. Scheduled phone or video call where aviation training related matters are discussed and handled. You can expect high quality service and professional support in terms of theory, practical, aviation legislation, CAA documentation until that first airline job.


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