IATPL Curriculum

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (IATPL) Program

Overview and Curriculum

The IATPL Program is designed for students who wish to fast-track their goal of becoming a commercial airline pilot. It is a twenty-month full time training program that commences every July and prepares you for the airline industry.

The Transport Canada approved curriculum provides students with advanced theoretical aviation knowledge and the practical multi-crew operational training to fly commercial airline aircraft. We are very fortunate to be able to give our students the best training in the Boeing 737 full motion simulator at CAE. These simulators are used by professional airline pilots and our instruction in the simulators is conducted by airline professionals.

Students accepted into the Program typically attend ground school class five days per week. Students will be scheduled to fly six days a week but are encouraged to fly on the seventh if weather has not been cooperating. A typical day commences with flight training in the morning followed by ground school in the afternoon. Flight lessons may be scheduled as early as 0630 in the morning or may finish as late as midnight depending on training placement in program. Students commence flight training on the first day of the Program.

Flight reservations are not a concern, as students are pre-booked and have their reserved time slots which they will have the ability to manipulate as their flight training requirements change.

The highly structured Program delivers over 900 hours of instruction including ground school, flight and simulator training (FTD), industry tours (when available) and networking opportunities. Reinforcement of skills is accomplished through the use of labs, workshops and multi-crew simulator exercises.

Prospective airline employers value graduates from the IATPL program, as they recognize their ability to undertake the sophisticated flight deck responsibilities associated with commercial flying today and become familiar with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Multi Crew Resource Management (CRM). For this reason, interview opportunities may be available upon completion.

Graduates receive a Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi-Engine and Group 1 Instrument Rating along with the IATPL Diploma. Students will also complete the Transport Canada Airline Transport Pilot Licence written exams which qualify a pilot for ATPL status upon completion of the TC required 1500 flight hours within 5 years of graduation.

The IATPL Program is approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005. Flight training at the Brampton airport provides the student the opportunity to gain exposure to both uncontrolled and controlled air traffic procedures. The ability to be versatile will prove to be very advantageous throughout the program and into a pilot’s career. Being in close proximity to Toronto Pearson and Hamilton Munro airport allows trainees to familiarize themselves with air traffic control handling of commercial aircraft arrivals and departures.

Program ground school instruction takes place primarily in our Lecture Hall on-site or virtually as required. Students will learn to fly on the Cessna 172, Piper Seminole multi engine aircraft, Frasca Truflite simulator, and Redbird FMX full motion simulator. Multi crew experience will be conducted in a full motion simulator at CAE Aviation and Training Services Toronto. Periodically learning is complimented by field trips to industry sites such as airline operations offices, the NavCanada Air Traffic Control Centre, the Central De-icing Facility at Pearson Airport and industry guest speakers.

IATPL Curriculum

The IATPL Program is designed for students who wish to become commercial airline pilots. The curriculum and completion timetable have been established and approved by Transport Canada to ensure trainees acquire and demonstrate professional pilot skills at a comparatively rapid rate in a rigorous program.

Private Pilot Licence
Students will commence with their Private Pilot Licence which includes over 150 hours of classroom instruction and 60-80 hours of flying. On average students will be prepared to go fly solo after 15-20 hours of dual time with a flight instructor. In order to be eligible to go solo, a student requires a valid Aviation Medical certificate, Radio Telephone Operator’s Certificate and Student Pilot Permit as well as meet Transport Canada training requirements. Upon completion of this training segment, a student will demonstrate proficiency through both a written exam and flight test administered by Transport Canada delegates.

Commercial Pilot Licence and Night Rating
The Commercial Pilot Licence term within the Program involves about 200 hours of ground school instruction and 130-140 total hours flying. Flight training will focus on broadening your skills to include night flying, instrument flying, and long range cross country flights. Classroom work involves revisiting the knowledge areas covered in the Private Licence ground school in more depth with additional concepts related to commercial air carrier operations. Upon attaining the required standards, a student will demonstrate proficiency through both a written exam and flight test administered by Transport Canada authorized personnel.

Multi-Engine Rating
Multi-Engine Rating training involves briefings and approximately 10 hours of flying (flight hours are included in the Commercial Licence flying hour requirement). The ground school will cover such subjects as Multi-Engine aerodynamics and advanced systems and Multi-crew Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). Upon completion of the briefings and flight instruction, a student will demonstrate proficiency through a flight test administered by a Transport Canada approved examiner.

Group 1 Instrument Rating (Multi IFR)
Group 1 Instrument Rating training involves ground school, briefings and training both in a simulator and in the aircraft. The ground school will cover such subjects as IFR Air Traffic Services/Control and Airspace, IFR Instruments and Radio Aids, Weather Theory for IFR Flight and IFR Departure/Enroute/Approach Procedures. Upon completion of the ground school and flight instruction, a student will demonstrate proficiency through both a written exam and flight test administered by a Transport Canada approved examiner.

ATPL Preparation
The last term of the Program focuses on Airline Transport Licence preparation training. The Multi-crew Cooperation and ATPL examination training segment involves approximately 200 hours of instruction provided by active airline professionals and allows candidates to get a first-hand insight into the career. Emphasis will be placed on passing the ATPL written exams (SAMRA and SARON). The ground school is based on subjects included in Initial Training programs presented to new hire pilots by airline operators and covers areas such as Airline Air Law, Multi-Crew Flight Deck Procedures, Advanced Aircraft Systems, Flight Management Systems (FMS), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) Avoidance, High Altitude Operations, Airborne Icing and Surface Contamination, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Oceanic Operations, Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Survival Equipment.

Multi Crew Experience
Students will gain experience in a multi crew environment using advanced simulators at CAE. The Level D simulators that we use are the same ones that are used by multiple airlines. Instruction on the simulators will be taught by airline professionals.

Advanced Courses
Our IATPL Program includes a series of classes to help students “obtain your first job”.  This segment includes training with respect to aviation business knowledge, intro to flight instructing, resume development, and mock interviews.

Hiring Opportunities
Jazz Pathways Program – can apply for direct entry.

Porter Mentorship Program – can apply with minimal hours after some additional time building.

Brampton Flight Centre Flight Instructor – The Brampton Flight Centre guarantees the top 25% (to a maximum of 3) of college graduates an interview for an instructing position.

For more information please feel free to contact our Campus Administrator at [email protected] or by calling 905-838-1400 ext. 248. To commence your application process please visit IATPL Application Form