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Becoming an Air Transport Pilot will make you a more marketable helicopter pilot.
This certificate is not one that we will be able to train you for until you meet the flight time requirements. Most pilots will have to work in the industry for a while in order to build up the flight experience required to obtain this certificate. It is the highest FAA pilot certificate you can obtain and is becoming a requirement for many of the bigger helicopter operators.
Many of the customers that come to us for their ATP have thousands of hours of flight time and are looking to upgrade their commercial certificate to an ATP. Some are military pilots and some are civilian pilots that have been in the industry for years that are looking at getting a new job that requires the ATP certificate. Click here for more information on using your veterans’ benefits.
- Hold FAA commercial license and instrument rating
- Third class medical certificate
- 23 years old
- Must be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
Our course is broken down into three progressive stages designed to guide you through the training requirements of the Helicopter ATP certificate.
If you have already started your commercial training and you’re looking at switching to US Aviation Academy, give us a call so we can provide you with a customized quote.
During this stage, the student will learn the principles of helicopter instrument flight, including the operation, use, and limitations of flight instruments and instrument navigation systems. The student will also learn how the air traffic control system functions and the use of instrument flight charts for IFR planning and flight. Emphasis will be placed on advanced human factors and physiological factors directly related to instrument flight. In addition, the student will become familiar with the FARs applicable to instrument flight operations, 91,119,121,135. The student will learn the procedures used to execute the various IFR approaches as well as the procedures for IFR departure, enroute and arrival operations.
During the flight lessons of this stage the student will become familiar with systems, VFR operations, and IFR procedures as they apply to the training aircraft. The student will also work to refine instrument flight skills to achieve a performance level appropriate to an airline transport professional.
During this stage, the student will learn to analyze weather information, conditions and trends while on the ground and in flight. In addition, the student will learn IFR flight planning and emergency procedures and develop a greater understanding of the decision-making process. A strong emphasis will be placed on the areas listed in FAR part 141 Appendix E section 3 and aircraft specific information.
During the flight lessons of this stage, students will continue to practice the skills covered in stage one and integrate elements of weather planning and interpretation, ADM, and crew resource management as they apply to the airline transport pilot.