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ATPL Conversions (Aircraft & Helicopter)
Requirements for converting an ICAO ATPL to an EASA ATPL: Aircraft or Helicopter
Multi-Pilot Aircraft Type Rated Pilots
If you are converting a non EASA ATPL IR with a valid type rating on a multi-pilot aircraft, you must pass all 14 ground exams but don’t need to attend a formal ground school course.
You will also need to pass an ATPL skills test, which is a combination handling check and IR, on the aircraft you are type rated on.
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Non-Type Rated Pilots
If you hold an ICAO ATPL but don’t have a valid multi-pilot type rating, or do not wish to take the ATPL skills test on type, you must complete an approved course of ground training and get your application forms signed by your training provider before you sit the full set of ATPL exams.
The length of the course can be reduced at the discretion of the head of training. You will also need to complete two flight tests, a CPL skills test and an instrument rating.
The CPL skills test is a handling check, there is no formal training requirement before the test but you should anticipate 5 to 10 hours to get used to the profile and the aircraft.
By definition if you hold an ATPL, you will also hold an ICAO instrument rating; this also needs to be converted to the EASA equivalent. The conversion requires at least 15 hours training before taking the test, of which 10 can be completed in a simulator.
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