Airline Transport Pilot
An Airline Transport Pilot certificate is the highest-level certificate that a pilot can achieve. An ATP certificate is required for piloting a scheduled air-carrier (airline) or for flying charter outside of the United States. To obtain an ATP-Multi Engine, the FAA requires 3 steps: CTP, Written, Practical.
1. CTP Course: This is week-long Pt 142 course involving 5 days of classroom and 2 days of sim flying. It is seminar only; there is no finishing test or standards.
2. Written: After obtaining the CTP certificate, you can take the written ATP-ME test (test code ATM). The written material isn't covered in the CTP course. It is a self-study prep. We highly recommend using http://www.sheppardair.com/
3. Practical Test: The practical test for the ATP-ME is an instrument check-ride. It is the same check-ride as a type rating. It includes 4 instrument approaches, emergency procedures, and aircraft system knowledge. Chennault Flying Service offers an ATP practical course.
ATP MINIMUM HOURS (FAR 61.159)
TT: 1500 X/C: 500 NIGHT: 100 MULTI-ENGINE LAND: 50
INSTRUMENT: 75 (25 allowed in sim)
Restricted ATP (FAR 61.160)
If a pilot applicant doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of FAR 61.159 they can obtain a Restricted ATP certificate. Upon meeting the requirements of FAR 61.159 they will have full privileges of an ATP. The most common case is military pilots, below are the minimums for graduates of a US military flight school per FAR 61.160a
TT: 750 X/C: 200
Up to 7 hrs of Dual flight time in BE95
Unlimited Ground Instruction
ATP Practical Ground School Course
Books and Courseware
Completion Time: 3 days (including check-ride)