ATP - Airline Transport Pilot
Known as ATP or ATPL, the Airline Transport Pilot certificate is the highest grade certificate issued by the FAA. It is for pilots what a PhD is for Scientists.
To be eligible for an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, you must know English and:
You must already hold one of the following pilot certificates:
The experience required for an airplane ATP certificate is outlined below.
* flight time - logged time between engine start and engine shutdown after a flight in an actual airplane
* simulator time - logged DUAL instruction in a certified flight simulator or flight training device representing an airplane
* cross country - trips of 50 NM and more can be logged and used for ATP experience purposes even without a landing (private pilot and commercial pilot cross-country requires a landing)
With a 1st or 2nd Class Medical, ATPs can exercise all of the privileges of a commercial pilot with an instrument rating.
Excluding briefings and debriefings, an ATP may not instruct in aircraft and simulators: