Airline Transport Pilot

Master your trade!

The Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) is considered by many to be the ultimate aviation achievement, and rightly so! An ATP is expected to demonstrate mastery of an aircraft to a degree which exceeds even the commercial pilot, but without being able to see outside the aircraft. The ATP certificate is essentially a “professional instrument rating”.

At Premier Flight Center, many of our instructors have earned their ATP certificate, and they have experience working with other pilots in pursuit of this elite certificate.

*The following list of requirements represents the minimum and is not meant to be all inclusive. Please refer to the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) for a comprehensive list.
**Premier Flight Center makes no guarantee as to the amount of time it will take you to earn your instrument rating .

Part 61 (14 CFR 61.153)

  • Be at least 23 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Be of good moral character
  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating
  • Log at least 1,500 hours of flight time as a pilot that includes:
    • 500 hours of cross country flight time
    • 100 hours of night flight time
    • 75 hours of instrument flight time
  • Pass a Knowledge (written) Test
  • Pass a Practical (flight) Test


Part 141 (14 CFR 141 Appendix E)

  • Uses an FAA approved training syllabus
  • Complete an approved Airline Transport Pilot ground school
  • Receive and log a minimum of 25 hours of flight time
  • Satisfactorily accomplish stage checks and an end-of-course test
  • All other requirements are the same as Part 61