Airline Transport Certificate
The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate is the highest certification issued by the FAA. The ATP rating is for those who wish to make a life long career of aviation. Think of an ATP like a PhD level of education in aeronautics, aviation law, physiology, aeromedical factors, meteorology and aerodynamics. This is a required step in becoming an airline pilot, a turbine corporate pilot, turbine charter pilot and most flying jobs where you may operate "heavy" aircraft.
Be at least 23 years old
Currently have at least a Fixed Wing Private Pilot License
Hold at least a current FAA First Class Medical Certificate
If certified in the US, hold at least a Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating; or, a foreign ATP or Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating, without limitations, subject to background check
Obtain a minimum of 1,500 hours of total flight time, including at least 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time or 75 hours + 45 full-stop landings at night
Obtain 75 hours of instrument flight time, or 50 hours + 25 hours in a simulator
Pass FAA written test (knowledge exam) and checkride (practical test)
American Aviation provides a multitude of pricing options for the Instrument Rating.
1. Block Time - Purchase 10 hours of flight instruction and get an extra hour for free!
2. Pay As You Go
3. Packages - American Aviation provides a training block for the ATP Certificate. It includes 10 hours of flight instruction in the Piper Seminole or Commanche and 10 hours of ground instruction. The price is $3,800. Normally the price for all that is included in this package is over $4,000.