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Are you a commercial pilot looking to take your career to new heights, or perhaps an expatriate or international pilot seeking to return to or make Australia your home? If you have your sights set on being pilot-in-command of a multi-crew, multi-engine, turbine-engine aircraft in air transport operations, the Australian Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) is your ticket to success. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the essentials of the ATPL Preparation Course and Flight Test offered by Flight Options.

Overview

The ATPL Preparation Course is designed for two types of pilots:

  • Those holding an Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 61 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) who wish to obtain an Australian ATPL.
  • Those holding an overseas ATPL who wish to convert it to an Australian ATPL.

The practical training is conducted using our state-of-the-art Beechcraft King Air B200/BE350 Level D full flight simulator (FFS) providing immersive simulations fitted with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics. Don’t worry if you haven’t flown a King Air – we will teach you all you need to know.

The course length (including the flight test) varies from 6 – 11 days depending on your entry level (see below). Each course has just two pilots with matched entry levels, ensuring a personalised and focused learning experience.

The ATPL requires a high level of aeronautical knowledge and skills. The course places a strong emphasis on the competencies required of a pilot-in-command of an air transport operation in a multi-crew, multi-engine, turbine-engine aircraft. After completion of the course, Flight Options will assess your skills in the ATPL Flight Test and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) will issue your Australian ATPL.

Prerequisites

Before embarking on your ATPL training journey, it’s essential to ensure you meet the prerequisites, including:

  • General and aeronautical experience requirements specified in CASR Part 61.700 and 61.705.
  • A current Class 1 medical certificate.
  • An Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) certificate or equivalent multi-crew experience.
  • Having a multi-engine instrument rating.

If you hold an overseas ATPL, your first step is to contact CASA to determine your individual training and testing requirements.

Course Entry Levels

The ATPL Preparation Course offers three entry levels tailored to your experience and qualifications:

  • Pilots without a B200 Class Rating or BE350 Type Rating
  • Pilots with a B200 Class Rating or BE350 Type Rating without Collins Pro Line 21 avionics experience
  • Pilots with a B200 Class Rating or BE350 Type Rating with Collins Pro Line 21 avionics experience

The Training Program – What to Expect

Our training program begins with classroom instruction followed by your practical training in the King Air B200/BE350 FFS.

#1 – Pre-course

Before the course commences, you’ll be provided with access to training and reference material, including the Student Training Guide, Flight Options FCOM, and the Pilot Training Manual (PTM) for the B200/BE350.  It is highly recommended that you allocate time prior to the course to study material provided to familiarize yourself with:

  • aircraft systems,
  • our standard operating procedures, and
  • the Ground Component – Knowledge Requirements for the ATPL flight test.

Prior to your arrival, you’ll be required to complete and submit a quiz to demonstrate your understanding of the pre-course materials.

#2 – Aircraft Systems Familiarisation

Once in the classroom, you’ll undertake a concise course on the B200/BE350 aircraft and systems, equipping you with the underpinning knowledge needed to operate the aircraft.

#3 – ATPL Flight Test Knowledge Requirements Review

Next up is a knowledge review, to prepare you for the Ground Component – Knowledge Requirements of the ATPL flight test. The Knowledge Requirements are extensive, and the instructor will give an overview of the competencies and then concentrate on elements where you need detailed guidance.

#4 – Collins Pro Line 21 familiarisation

You’ll need to become proficient with the Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. We will teach you how to conduct all essential procedures including system initialisation, system and cockpit setup, departures, enroute procedures and arrivals.

#5 – Introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

In this lesson, the focus is on cockpit layout, scan flows, checklist usage, flight crew coordination, energy management, and SOPs for each phase of flight.

#6 – Simulator Sessions

Once the groundwork is complete, you’ll move on to the simulator training. These sessions aim to build your knowledge and skills in normal and emergency/abnormal operations and encompass a wide array of training elements. The exercises are conducted with each pilot taking turns operating as Pilot Flying (PF) and Pilot Monitoring (PM). A pre-test follows the training to assess proficiency in both the PF and PM roles.

And finally…

#7 – The ATPL Flight Test

The ATPL flight test has two components. The first is a 3-hour ground component, which includes a document review and a general knowledge oral quiz. The second component is the flight segment, which consists of a 1.5-hour pre-flight briefing, a 3-hour simulator flight test and 0.5 hour post-flight briefing.

Your objective is to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in Schedule 5 of the CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards for the issue of the Australian CASR Part 61 Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL).

Conclusion

The issue of your ATPL is a significant step on your journey toward your goal of becoming a pilot-in-command in a multi-crew, multi-engine, turbine-engine aircraft. Flight Options’ tailored training programs and experienced instructors are your trusted partners on this journey. Ready to take flight and advance your aviation career? Contact us today to enrol in the ATPL Preparation Course and make your goals a reality.

About Us

Flight Options is an approved CASR Part 141 and Part 142 training organization, internationally recognised for our expertise and commitment to quality in aviation training. Our facility boasts a full-motion Level D Beechcraft King Air B200/BE350 (350i model) simulator, the only one of its kind in the Asia Pacific Region.

Our instructors are highly experienced and possess extensive professional and academic qualifications. They are carefully selected for their ability to connect on a personal level and educate to the highest standard.

Located at Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland, our training centre offers a vibrant environment amidst stunning coastal scenery. Easily accessible by air or road, the Sunshine Coast is renowned for its natural attractions, from lush rainforests to magnificent beaches. During your training, you can explore the hinterland, take a day trip to Noosa, savour culinary delights with locally sourced ingredients, or simply unwind on the beautiful beaches.

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