Airline Transport Pilot



An Airline Transport Pilot certificate is usually required by major airlines certificate due to the high level of skill and responsibility demanded of airline pilots. Having an ATP demonstrates that you have the skill and knowledge required to work for a major airline.

If you are pursuing a career in the airlines, ADF Airways can help make that goal possible by giving you the skills and training you need to achieve the highest level of ability and precision.


The requirements to obtain an ATP are fairly straightforward. Among other things, an applicant for an ATP must

  • Be at least 23 year old
  • Have at least
    • 1500 hours total flight time
    • 500 hours of cross country time
    • 75 hours of instrument time
    • 100 hours of night flying time
  • Pass a written test for the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Pass a practical test for the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Posses a First Class Medical

The above are the basic minimum requirements. Within these requirements, there are some exceptions and specifics which should be observed. All requirements are listed in CFR 14 Part 61. 159.

If you are considering obtaining an ATP, it is very important to bring all of your logbooks with you in order to verify you meet the minimum required times as listed in 61.159


The following summary is based on an applicant with current Instrument flying skills in a Multi-Engine aircraft and well developed understanding of the course material required for this certificate. Applicants who need remedial training in the subject matters may require more training time.

Instruction is based on a time tested, curriculum-based program which will allow you to learn quickly and effectively. Ground and flight school are interwoven with simulators, books, and videos into a seamless training program that maximizes learning. All training is delivered in a one-on-one setting. Your experienced ADF Flight Instructor will guide you through your each stage with patience and a smile. Classes can be arranged to fit your busy schedule. We are available to train 7 days a week, 363 days a year (Christmas and New Years day are the only days we are closed)

Applicants will learn and demonstrate knowledge the following concepts

  • Aircraft Limitations and Memory items for the Piper Seminole
  • In Depth Aircraft Systems for the Piper Seminole
  • Pre and post flight preparation
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Instrument approach procedures, both in one and 2 engine scenarios
  • Missed approach procedures
  • Advanced aircraft maneuvers

Training can usually be completed in 7 to 10 days provided the applicant can successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skill required to take the ATP practical examination.

  • 7 Hours average dual instruction in the Piper Seminole
  • 5 Hours average ground instruction in preparation for the practical test


The cost of the program will include

  • Textbooks and materials
  • Written test fee
  • FAA Designated Examiner’s fee


Upon completing the practical test, you will be issued an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. You are now among a very few pilots who can be considered the best of the best. Though your training at ADF has reached its end, your journey into professional flying continues….

All training is geared toward meeting or exceeding the FAA Practical Test Standard (PTS). To see the actual ATP Practical Test Standard and what is required, click on the link below.

Airline transport Pilot Practical Test Standards:
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If you are interested in obtaining an ATP, please contact us.