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FFL Flugschule

ATPL (Ab Initio) – The integrated training 

FFL Flugschule

The continuous form of ATPL training (Ab Initio) is suitable for all applicants who do not yet have a pilot's license and want to reach their training goal as quickly as possible in a continuous process in the context of a group.

In the ATPL(A) - Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) / License for Transport Pilots (Aircraft), the necessary knowledge and skills are taught in the theory training as well as in the flight training to perform an activity as a co-pilot on multi-engine aircraft with two pilots in commercial transport (MPA Multi Pilot Aircraft). In addition, for an activity in commercial air transport as a responsible pilot on aircraft certified for a minimum crew consisting of one pilot (SPA Single Pilot Aircraft).

In the process, the graduate initially receives a commercial pilot license (frozen ATPL). The full ATPL can only be obtained after a total flight time of 1500 hours as a pilot on aircraft, the attainment of a flight time of 500 hours in flight operations with 2 pilots and the subsequent successful completion of the practical ATPL examination.


  • Minimum age of 17 years at beginning of the training
  • Class 1 airworthiness certificate. The initial examination must be conducted by an aero-medical center recognized by the German Federal Aviation Authority.
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge in the subjects mathematics, physics and English by report card or proficiency entrance test of the flight school
  • Proof of reliability in the sense of §24 LuftVZO
  • Extract from the central traffic register of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (not older than 3 months)

Duration of training

Theoretical training

Theory instruction is full-time and lasts approximately 7 months. A total of 750 hours are distributed over the following subject areas:

  • Aviation law
  • General aviation knowledge
    • Airframe and systems
    • Engines
    • Electrical engineering
    • Instruments
  • Flight performance and flight planning
    • Flight performance
    • Flight planning and monitoring
    • Loading and center of gravity
  • Human performance (human factors)
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
    • General navigation
    • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Radio communication

Practical training

Training includes a minimum of 195 flight hours, including:

  • 80 hours visual flight
  • 115 hours flying on instrument (of which up to 55 hours in the simulator)
  • 5 hours night flight
  • 15 hours in the cooperation of the flight crew (MCC)
  • 15 hours on multi-engine aircraft

The FFL flight school will be happy to advise you on the choice of your form of training as well as suitable financing. Contact us for a non-binding informational talk or have a look at our FAQ page.

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