ATP Integrated: a sign of excellence in pilot training
It is now common knowledge in Europe that ATP Modular training is on a slow decline in the region. This opinion is now widely shared by experts in the field of aviation, except of course, by flying schools that can only teach the ATP Modular course. Today, only a small percentage of flying schools in Europe have the necessary standards to teach the ATP Integrated course and the level of training required is very high to be granted certification by the European Aviation Authority, EASA.
Flying students who have completed an ATP Integrated course graduate with a superior level of training and airlines are beginning to favor them over ATP Modular graduates. This is mainly due to the fact that ATP Integrated students train under a much more controlled environment and are proving to have much better technical and non-technical skills in simulator evaluation during airline recruitment process.
The ATP integrated route usually involves a full-time course of study, generally lasting between 12 to 18 months. This takes a student from being a complete beginner to a position where he or she is fully trained to work as a copilot for an airline.
The main advantage of ATP Integrated training is that a student enters an intensive course of study within a dedicated and well-equipped training facility, surrounded by like-minded students. What’s more, if your goal is to take your first flying role with a flagship company like British Airways, they will only employ low-hour graduates who have come through the ATP Integrated route.
Being a full-time student means your progress can be monitored at each stage of training, giving you every opportunity to make the most of your investment. Ground exams and flight tests cannot be failed during your training, and while the chance does exist to retake them, airlines do look more favorably on graduates who have passed first time and with top marks. So it really is worth getting your head down, working hard and accepting all and whatever help and advice is available. Only an ATP Integrated course can guarantee this.
Modular ATP courses usually take more than 24 months and after each module (PPL, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine, CPL etc) students a required to complete a flight test and a series of theoretical exams. This of course delays progress and training is delayed even more if the flying school is anywhere in Europe north of the Pyrenees where, due to weather conditions, flying is reduced practically to nil in winter.