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Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Pilots with an ATP certificate are eligible to fly for an airline and will meet the hiring minimums of most regional airline pilot jobs. An ATP certification will also open a wide array of job opportunities with various corporate and private air carriers. After meeting some specific requirements, ATP pilots may also instruct other pilots in air transportation service, and endorse pilot logbooks and training records in aircraft of the same category, class, and type for which the airline transport pilot is rated. “Type” refers to “type rating” which is additional training beyond the training required for an initial ATP certificate. A type rating allows a pilot to act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft that exceeds 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight, or all turbojet aircraft regardless of weight.


- Be 23 years of age (or for a U.S. military pilot may apply for an airline transport pilot certificate 20 years old)

- Read, speak, write and understand the English language

- Have logged 1500 hours of flight time

- Satisfactorily complete an airline transport pilot certification training program (ATP-CTP)

- Pass the ATP knowledge test

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