EASA ATPL (A) (H-IR/H-VFR) Theory Course

In order to be able to pilot an aircraft without weight restrictions with multiple crew as the pilot in command, you require an ATPL. So that the ATP Licence can be issued by the aviation authority, a comprehensive flight experience of must be attested (including 1,500 hours of flight experience, of which at least 500 hours is multi crew operation). Until the presence of the prerequisites, each applicant receives a CPL with ATPL theory credit, which is also known as a frozen ATPL. With this Licence all aircraft without a weight restriction can be flown as a co-pilot, for which the type rating is possessed.

As the pilot in command, aircraft may be flown in the commercial sector that are categorised as a single pilot aircraft. These are usually aeroplanes up to 5.7 tons, which are propeller driven.

To fly helicopters, which are defined by their approval as Multi Pilot Helicopters, as the pilot in command, an ATPL is also needed.

Cranfield Aviation Training School

Before the Courses


You can find the checklist here with all of the necessary documents for registering.

Course of Training

For the training, 14 subjects at EASA ATPL level must be successfully passed. For each module a self-study time of 3 months is envisaged (with 15 hours per week). For self-study, students are able to use our web-based training (WBT) system or the study guides. Each module is finished with a week of on-site lessons in our training centre in Dortmund. After students have successfully completed the Progress Tests, participated in the on-site lessons and successfully passed the School Exam, then student can go for examination at the competent authority. Examinations can be divided into a maximum of 6 sittings. Each subject can be attempted a maximum of 4 times.

The pass rate for this course has been 100% in recent months. Find more information in our brochure.DOWNLOAD [PDF 6 MB].

On-site Lessons and dates

The dates for the on-site lessons can be found in the menu under EASA Training Programmes/Dates.

Our Course Modules

Aviation Law & ATC Procedures

Stage 1

• Air Law
• Operational Procedures
• Communications
• Human Performance

Principles of flight

Stage 2

• Principles of Flight
• Performance
• Flight Planning
• General Navigation
• Mass + Balance

Aircraft General Knowledge

Stage 3

• Aircraft General Knowledge
• Instruments
• Radio Navigation

After the Course

Practical Training

Our company is comprehensively approved as an EASA Training Institution by the German CAA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) and the Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU). Students can complete the practical training at any EASA certified flight school.