Integrated Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) course

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What is ATPL?

The Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) is the commercial pilot licence which allows you to become a commercial pilot or a pilot for a private company.

You can obtain your frozen ATPL by completing our commercial pilot course, enabling you to fly aircraft as a first officer. After completing 1,500 hours of flight time in a multi-crew aircraft with passengers, you will obtain your full or unfrozen ATPL licence, allowing you to fly aircraft for commercial airlines and transport passengers as pilot in command.

ATPL in Málaga

Its privileged location in Vélez-Málaga, just 25 minutes from Malaga capital, allows the students of our official pilot school to fly almost 365 days a year. The guarantee of the excellent climate of the Costa del Sol will make it easier for you to finish your pilot training and complete your flight hours in less time than other schools.

Advantages of becoming a Commercial Pilot ATPL (A)

Prepare to be an airline transportation and commercial pilot

Aerodynamics Academy’s Integrated ATPL course prepares you to become a professional pilot in command or co-pilot on any type of aircraft, whether commercial or non-commercial and with or without passengers, once you have attained all the corresponding authorisations.
Our pilot school offers an Integrated ATPL course which follows a quality training programme, during which you will obtain all licenses, authorisations and qualifications required by aviation companies all over the world.


Flying licences awarded upon completion of our commercial pilot courses are recognised by the European Union (EASA and its member states), which means that our graduates are able to work throughout the continent.


Aerodynamics Academy’s training is given in English with native English-speaking teachers, so that our students are up to speed with global airline standards and ready to work in any European country.


If you want to be the ideal candidate for reputable airlines and be fully prepared for their interviews, you have come to the right place. Welcome to Aerodynamics Academy’s Commercial Pilot and Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence course.

The Integrated ATPL course is a full-time commercial pilot training programme in an official flight school, as is the Aerodynamics Academy. It is a well-structured training course which provides students with an excellent level of knowledge.

The Airline Transport Pilot Licence course is intensive and requires students’ full commitment from start to finish, for a period of between 16 and 18 months.

Although the course is designed for students with zero hours of flight time, those with previous flying experience can also enrol. In fact, already having some flight hours, while not necessary, could be advantageous.

Our school’s integrated training is designed to prepare students, from the very first day of the course, for professional life as a commercial airline pilot, among other positions. They will be required to wear a uniform and they will be trained in flying various aircraft as pilot in command, including preparing the aircraft on ground and in-flight, just as they would working for a commercial airline.

The Integrated ATPL (A) course can be completed in 16 to 18 months, although this may vary slightly depending on each student’s ability.

The theoretical part of the Integrated ATPL (A) course lasts for 41 weeks, made up of a total of 850 hours and covering 14 topics, including night flying, PBN, UPRT theory and APS MCC A320 theory, among others.

At the same time, students will learn about the practical side, with 258 hours of flight time in a single-engine aircraft, FNPT II flight simulator and multi-engine aircraft, in addition to 40 hours in our A320 simulator, aiming to achieve complete familiarity with all APS MCC procedures.

Our ATPL (A) theory course is made up of fourteen subjects:

  • Air law
  • Communication
  • Operating procedures
  • Mass and balance
  • Instrumentation
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Flight planning
  • Performance
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation (PBN)
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Pinciples of flight
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
  • Advanced UPRT
  • APS MCC

The flying phase begins in week 9 of the theory training, with 258 hours of practice divided into:

111 hours in a single-engine aircraft
42 hours in an advanced single-engine aircraft
40 hours in a FNPT II flight simulator
22 hours in a multi-engine aircraft
43 hours in an Airbus A320 flight simulator

The training concludes with the most complete course currently on the market, the Airline Pilot Standards Multi-Crew Cooperation Course (APS MCC).

In order to enrol on the airline pilot course and obtain the ATPL (A) licence at our pilot school, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a class 1 medical certificate from a centre authorised by EASA
  • Knowledge of English

ATPL, or the Airline Transport Pilot Licence, is the name of the qualification needed to become an airline transport pilot.

Aerodynamics Academy’s ATPL (A) course allows you to obtain the frozen ATPL licence, meaning that you will be able to fly commercial aircraft as first officer. Following this course, and once you have accumulated 1,500 flight hours in multi-crew aircraft with passengers, you can gain the full or unfrozen ATPL licence, allowing you to fly as pilot in command in commercial aircraft for transporting passengers.

ATPL licenses achieved through Aerodynamics Academy courses are recognised by the European Union (EASA) and will enable you to work in airlines in any European country.

  • Some airlines prefer to hire their pilots directly from integrated flight training organisations such as Aerodynamics Academy, as these candidates have proven that they can quickly pass an intensive training course with a steep learning curve, ensuring they have greater capacity for further learning and training once they are hired by the company.
  • As all aspects of the integral training course for future pilots take place at the same facilities, it is easy to obtain a precise record of the performance of students’ flight training; something that is priceless for airlines.
  • Pilots who have received their training through Aerodynamics Academy’s Integrated ATPL course can take full advantage of the school’s close ties with certain airlines, such as Norwegian Air.
  • Aerodynamics Academy offers its students additional accreditations once they have completed the integrated flight training course, such as the A320-type course and the flight instructor training course.

Why should I do the commercial pilot course at Aerodynamics Academy?

  • International recognition
  • Cutting-edge facilities
  • Training
  • Examination centre
  • Climatology
  • Accommodation

With over 23 years' experience in the aeronautics sector, Aerodynamics Academy is approved by AESA, with E-ATO centre number 226, and meets EASA regulations, boasting national and international recognition. Over the course of the 23 years, we have trained thousands of pilots who are active not just in Europe but throughout the world.

Among the largest and most-advanced aeronautics centres in southern Europe, Aerodynamics features state-of-the-art training facilities:

  • Comprehensive aeronautics campus; one-of-a-kind in Europe.
  • Super-equipped classrooms (computer-based training).
  • A wide range of the latest generation of cutting-edge flight simulators, certified by EASA, such as the only FTD-1 A320 in Spain, with the original software installed and fitted in an original A320 cockpit, and the ALSIM FSTD/A2MG-21.
  • A modern fleet of 17 aircraft (C150, C172, C172RG, PA28, BE76) which are maintained (Part-145, Part-147, CAMO, CAMO +) in our own hangars by our company, Málaga Air Maintenance, allowing us to keep them in perfect flying condition at all times.

Aerodynamics Academy offers you training of the highest quality, led by professionals from the aeronautics sector and flight instructors with a wealth of experience and thousands of flight hours in their pockets, helping you acquire all the skills and abilities needed to fly aircraft.

As we are an AUSTRO CONTROL examination centre, our students can complete their full training and sit the exams at our own facilities, without the need to travel to other locations.

Thanks to the incredible climatological conditions in Málaga, it is possible to fly almost 365 days a year at our facilities. This helps us complete the required amount of flight hours in as short a time as possible.

Aerodynamics Academy offers its students accommodation in Vélez-Málaga, just 5 minutes away from the campus.

More information on obtaining the ATPL licence

The ATPL licence is the qualification you need to work as an airline transport pilot.

By completing our commercial pilot course, students obtain the frozen ATPL licence, allowing them to fly as first officer. Then, after completing 1,500 hours of flight time in a multi-crew aircraft with passengers, they attain their full or unfrozen ATPL licence, allowing them to fly aeroplanes for commercial airlines and transport passengers as pilot in command.

The frozen ATPL licence can be obtained by following a course which lasts approximately 18 months, comprising of 850 hours of theory and, at the same time, 175 of real flight time and 93 hours in a flight simulator.

All the training at our school is given in English, meeting global airline standards and meaning that upon graduation our students are ready to work in airlines all over the world.

In addition to knowledge of English, remember that to study the ATPL (A) course at our pilot school, you must be over 18 years of age and have a class 1 medical certificate from a centre authorised by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Aeronautics campus, a step away from the runway at Axarquía Airport.

Frequently asked questions

The Integrated ATPL (A) course can be completed in 16 to 18 months, although this may vary slightly depending on each student’s ability.

There is no need to have a high school diploma to obtain the Airline Transport Pilot Licence, although it is recommended, especially if it is focused on technology or science. You do not have to pass an entrance exam.

In order to enrol on the airline pilot course and obtain the ATPL (A) licence at our pilot school in Málaga, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a class 1 medical certificate from a centre authorised by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Have an intermediate level of English, equivalent to B2

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