As of August 1, 2014, all pilots seeking an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with multiengine privileges are required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program prior to taking the ATP Knowledge Test.
The ATP CTP program provides the essential first step toward Airline Transport Pilot Certification. Upon graduation from this program, applicants will be eligible for the ATP knowledge test. The training program will impart conceptual knowledge through academics and consolidate that knowledge through hands-on training in a fixed based training device and full motion flight simulator. Your graduation certificate demonstrates that you have completed the training program required by § 61.156, and have met the prerequisites required by § 61.35(a)(2) for the Airline Transport Pilot Airplane knowledge test.
In preparation for the FAA’s highest certificate, training will cover aerodynamics, high altitude operations, air carrier operations, adverse weather conditions, leadership, professional development, crew resource management, and safety culture.
Classroom instruction of 30 hours will include aerodynamics, high altitude operations, air carrier operations, adverse weather conditions, leadership, professional development, crew resource management, and safety culture.
Fixed-Based Training Device (FTD)
FTD training will include 4 hours of training in a fixed-base training device, with instruction on navigation, flight management systems, and automation.
Full-Motion Simulator (FFS)
Simulator training includes a total of 6 hours in a full-motion simulator, with instruction on low energy states/stalls, upset recovery techniques, and adverse weather conditions.
This program meets the requirements of § 61.156. It bridges the knowledge gap between a pilot who holds a commercial pilot certificate and a pilot operating in an air carrier environment. Successful completion of the ATP CTP will ensure an ATP applicant receives the baseline knowledge and experience to prepare them for the duties, responsibilities, and challenges of an air carrier environment.