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Flight Training - "Zero to ATPL" - Stapleford Flight Centre

The EASA Professional Training Package

The EASA Professional Pilot Training Package provides the flight training required for a candidate with no flying experience to meet the level of proficiency necessary to operate single-pilot multi-engine aeroplanes and to obtain the frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (fATPL). Holders of this licence are eligible for employment as airline pilots throughout Europe and, with the appropriate airline experience, may upgrade their licence to a EASA ATPL.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. They must be competent in the use of the English language, must have a sound knowledge of basic mathematics and physics, and must have passed a EASA 1st Class Medical Examination.

Below is an infographic of the modular route to your ATPL...

The Package Summary:

Training is full-time and the duration is typically somewhere between 12 and 18 months for candidates who pass their flight tests and examinations at the first attempt. This variance in the duration is to allow for holiday periods and bad weather conditions, which may cause flight postponements. On completion of the training the graduate will be issued with a EASA CPL/IR licence and have a minimum of 200 hours of credited flight experience.

Training Package Description

Private Pilot Licence Course:

Initial PPL training introduces the candidate to flight in a single engine aeroplane and starts with general handling until a good proficiency is obtained. Great care is taken to ensure that the basics of aircraft control and pilot scanning are learnt thoroughly during this stage.

The next section covers practice in the airfield circuit where the candidate becomes familiar with airfield operations and skilled in normal and maximum performance take off and landings. This part culminates in the first solo flight. The next phase focuses on cross-country flight, which includes planning, visual and radio navigation, Air Traffic Control communication, practice diversions and emergency procedures, and operations at commercial airports. This part culminates in a solo cross-country flight of 270 km between 3 different airfields.

The final section consists of preparation and rehearsal for the PPL skill test. All manoeuvres are reviewed during this phase and the candidate's proficiency is raised to the standard required for the PPL flight test. During the course the candidate prepares for and sits the PPL ground examinations.

The course satisfies the entry requirements for the EASA CPL/IR training and provides an excellent foundation for the advanced flight training. All training takes place in a Cessna 152 and comprises:

  • 35 hours of dual instruction
  • 10 hours of supervised solo flight

The skill test is included in the solo flight time above.

Duration:

4-6 weeks.

Course Price:

See latest Commercial Course Pricelist.

EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Course

The EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Course provides training to a level of theoretical knowledge required for the Air Transport Pilot's Licence for Aeroplanes (ATPL A) and prepares the candidate for the EASA ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Examinations.

Entry Requirements:

A Private Pilots Licence issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1A. Sound knowledge of basic mathematics and physics. Be competent in the use of the English language.

The Venue:

The EASA Theoretical Knowledge Course is conducted at Stapleford in our 'State-of-the-Art' classrooms. Course materials are both iPad and paper based. For more information on these learning materials see padpilot.co.uk. The residential course lasts for 7 months and the 14 subjects are split into three phases.

ATPL Course Material Screenshots - Courtesy of PadPilot

Course Description:

There are 14 exams which cover the following topics:

  1. Principles of Flight
  2. Airframes/Engines/Electrics
  3. Performance
  4. General Navigation
  5. Radio Navigation
  6. Instruments/Electronics
  7. VFR Communications
  8. IFR Communications
  9. Air Law & ATC
  10. Operational Procedures
  11. Flight Planning & Monitoring
  12. Mass & Balance
  13. Human Performance & Limitations
  14. Meteorology

Flight Experience Course

Although this training is not a formal course as such, dual instruction and supervision of solo flights is needed to ensure all of the experience requirements required for the EASA CPL/IR are met within the minimum regulatory number of flying hours.

The Flight Experience Course has been designed with this in mind as well as providing the pilots with challenging flights to develop their capabilities and a good preparation for the advanced flight training. Guidance is given on flight skills and procedures by a Commercial Instructor to ensure that the pilot develops towards a CPL level of competence during the flight experience.

All training takes place in a Cessna 152 and includes the necessary entry requirements for the CPL course:

  • 20 hours cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command
  • A VFR 540-km/300 nautical mile cross-country flight in the course of which full-stop landings at two aerodromes other than the departure aerodrome shall be made
  • Five hours night flying as pilot of aeroplanes, comprising of at least three hours dual instruction, including one hour cross-country navigation and five solo take-offs and five full-stop landings

Course Price:

See latest Commercial Course Pricelist.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Course

The EASA Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) Course with a EASA Instrument Rating (IR) provides the training required to meet the level of proficiency necessary to operate single-pilot multi-engine aeroplanes and to obtain the EASA CPL/IR.

Entry Requirements:

Hold a PPL (A) issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1

  • Completed 5 hours night flight time
  • Completed 200 hours total flying time prior to Skills Test (100 of which must be P1)
  • Completed 20 hours cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command
  • The cross-country flight time must include a qualifying 540 km cross-country flight
  • Hold a valid EASA first class medical certificate
  • Passed a course of theoretical instruction as set out in the EASA-FCL
  • The minimum age for issue of a CPL licence is 18

Course Description:

Initial training raises the proficiency of the student in general handling and flight in the airfield circuit to a commercial standard. This training is conducted in a Piper Warrior.

The next section covers IMC training during which the student will learn to fly solely by the use of instruments, to navigate using radio aids, and to an instrument pattern. This training is conducted in an ALX flight simulator and a Piper Warrior. This section of the course is not required for holders of a valid Instrument Rating.

Following this the training focuses on cross-country flight, which includes VFR and IFR en-route procedures, diversion procedures, and abnormal and emergency operations. The training is again in the Piper Warrior.

The final section consists of preparation and a formal pre-test assessment in a Piper Warrior.

The training comprises:

Option One

  • 10 hours minimum of dual instruction in the Piper Warrior
  • 5 hours minimum of dual instruction in the Piper Arrow
  • 2 hours minimum for the skill test in the Piper Arrow.
  • In addition, for students without a valid Instrument Rating, a further 10 hours IFR training is required

Option Two

On completion of the training and the skill test the graduate may apply for a EASA CPL licence upon attaining 200 hours total time and have a minimum of 25 hours of extra credited flight experience. If an Instrument Rating is already held, on completion of the training and the skill test, the graduate may apply for a EASA CPL/IR licence and will have a minimum of 15 hours of extra credited flight experience.

Duration:

Training is full-time or part-time, the full-time course lasting between 3 and 6 weeks dependent on weather conditions.

Course Price:

See latest Commercial Course Pricelist.

Multi Engine/Instrument Rating Course

The EASA Multi Engine / Instrument Rating Course provides the training required for a candidate with no multi engine aeroplane experience, to obtain the EASA Instrument Rating in a multi engine aeroplane. The holder may act as pilot in an aeroplane under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in controlled airspace.

Entry Requirements:

A Private or Commercial Pilot's Licence issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1 with a night qualification.

  • 70 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 50 hours PIC cross-country flight time
  • Hold a valid EASA first class medical certificate
  • Passed a course of theoretical instruction as set out in the EASA-FCL
  • Demonstrated use of English language as set out in the EASA-FCL

Course Description:

Initial training introduces the student to flight in a Piper Seneca and proceeds with general handling until a good proficiency is obtained. This is followed by asymmetric flight during which the student will experience the effects of a single engine failure and learn to safely control the aeroplane under this condition. The student then prepares and rehearses for the Multi Engine skill test.

The training comprises:

Initial conversion on DA42 is aided with our DA42 BITD (Basic Instrument Training Device) which familiarises students with glass cockpit GARMIN G1000 displays.

The Instrument Rating training is commenced in the ALSIM FNPT2 flight simulator. Initially the student will learn to control the simulator smoothly and accurately by sole reference to the instruments and to accurately track and hold using VOR and NDB radio navigation aids. A high standard of performance is required before moving on to the next exercises.

The student then learns to fly precision and non-precision instrument approaches, and go-around procedures. The go-around procedures will include the practice of the drills associated with engine failure. Finally the student learns how to carry out a standard instrument departure, join the airways system, fly the airways, and make a standard instrument arrival.

The final part of the training takes place in the DA42 and the ALSIM FNPT2 flight simulator. It begins with general handling of the DA42 both in visual flight and by sole reference to the instruments. Complete routes are then flown in the DA42 where the skills learnt in the first part of the course are transferred from simulator to aircraft. The ALSIM FNPT2 flight simulator is used whenever remedial work is required and to also to extend the experience of the pilot e.g. by flight in severe weather conditions, or to more distant airfields.

The final part of the training is a formal pre-test assessment, followed by the skill test.

The training comprises:

  • 35 hours minimum of dual instruction in the ALSIM FNPT2 flight simulator
  • 15 hours minimum of dual instruction in the DA42
  • 2 hours minimum for the skill tests in the DA42
  • A further 5 hours training in the simulator is required if a CPL issued in accordance with the ICAO is not held

Duration:

Training is full-time or part-time, the full-time course lasting between 8 and 12 weeks dependent on weather conditions.

Course Price:

See latest Commercial Course Pricelist.

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