by Roland Peier
Becoming a pilot
The minimum qualification that a European airline would require from a prospective First Officer is a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Commercial Pilot Licence with an EASA ‘Frozen’ ATPL. The European Licence complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), can normally be exercised globally and can easily be converted to the equivalent of another country.
A ‘Frozen’ Airline Transport Pilot Licence is the name given to the qualification of a pilot who holds a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), Multi Engine Piston Rating (MEP), Multi Engine Instrument Rating (ME IR), Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) courses and passes in all 14 Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theoretical exams.
The ATPL would become un-frozen when the flight experience requirements are met. The experience would normally be achieved during employment as a first officer.
There are various routes available to achieve the ATPL, the most popular being Modular and Integrated. Flying Time Aviation is approved by EASA to conduct both types of courses.
The Modular Route is available via a series of individual courses.
The Modular Route involves completing several individual modules until all the qualifications, Licences and Ratings are achieved.
The duration of completing the modular course varies depending on the individual, as a guide students on full time attendance generally complete within 24 months*.
The Integrated course is not divided into modules. It is one course that covers all the necessary flight and theory training to achieve the ATPL. It is full time and completed within 12 months*.
The Integrated Route is perceived to be the preferred training route by most airlines.
It is selfexplaining, that CRM and MCC has a high value on all our modules. This is a must for a successful multicrew operation in a professional cockpit.