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The Airline Transport Pilot Rating is the highest rating you can achieve as a helicopter pilot. The average ATP rated pilot earns more over their career than a pilot who does not have the rating. Significant experience outside of your initial training will be needed before pursuing this rating.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 23 years of age.
  • Must hold a first-class medical prior to training.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating
  • 1,200 hours of total time as a pilot that includes at least:
    • 500 hours of cross-country flight time.
    • 100 hours of night flight time, of which 15 hours are in helicopters.
    • 200 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot in command.
    • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument meteorological conditions, of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight.

Cost Estimate:

Note: The estimated price requires the applicant meets or exceeds the
minimum flight experience requirements as per FAR 61.161.

ATP  Costs  Amount    Total 
Flight Instruction 25.5 $495.00 $12,622.50
Ground School 40 $65.00 $2,600.00
Pre & Post Flight Briefing 10 $65.00 $650.00
Book Kit 1 $630.00 $630.00
FAA Examiner Fee 1 $800.00 $800.00
Aircraft Rental for Check Ride 1.5 $495.00 $742.50
FAA Medical Exam 1 $90.00 $90.00
Written Exam Test 1 $150.00 $150.00
Ground Software 1 $39.99 $39.99
TOTAL $18,324.99 

NOTE: All numbers and prices are subject to change and all hours are based on FAA minimums.

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