Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)
The airline transport pilot certificate is one of the last achievements required in an aviation career. This certificate is typically earned in a multi-engine aircraft and requires a vast knowledge in all areas of aviation, along with maximum proficiency in flight operations.
✈ Airline Transport Pilot: ATPs, as they are called, typically qualify to fly the major airliners of the US transit system. ATPs must qualify with a range of experience and training to be considered for this certificate.
✈ Airline Transport Pilots (ATPs) must be at least 23 years old and have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time, including 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flying, and 75 hours in actual or simulated instrument flight conditions.
ATPs must also have a commercial certificate and an instrument rating.
ATPs may instruct other pilots in air transportation service in aircraft in which the ATP is rated.
ATPs must have a current Class I medical exam (which is more stringent than Class II or Class III), which must be renewed every six months or one year (depending on age).
Like all pilots, they must re-validate their certificates every 24 months with a flight review.