The Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Course is designed for the experienced helicopter pilot who wishes to take their ratings to the highest level. It is for those pilots who intend to demonstrate the highest level of skill, professionalism, and accomplishment in their careers. This course will provide the pilot with the ground and flight experience necessary to successfully complete the requirements for an ATP certificate.

Enrollment Prerequisites

  • Must have an FAA Commercial Helicopter Pilot certificate and Instrument Helicopter rating.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Be of good moral character
  • Holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating issued under this part
  • Pass an FAA written (knowledge) test
  • Pass an oral and flight (practical) test (also known as the checkride), by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner

Minimum Requirements for a Airline Transport Pilot Certificate

Meet the following aeronautical experience requirements before the ATP checkride (FAR 61.161):

  •      1200 hours minimum flight time as a pilot, consiting of at least:
  •         500 hours of cross-country flight time
  •         100 hours of night time, which includes at least:
  •             - 15 hours in helicopters
  •         200 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least
  •             - 75 hours of pilot-in-command
  •         75 hours instrument flight time in actual or simulated meteorological conditions, which includes at least
  •             - 50 hours obtained in flight with at least 25 in a helicopter as pilot-in-command

All training for the ATP certificate is done in the Enstrom helicopter. See our rates page for current flight and ground instruction rates.

The specific areas you must be proficient at are outlined in the Airline Transport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Helicopter.

Federal Regulations regarding the certification of airline transport pilots can be found in FAR Part 61 Subpart G.