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Overview

This information has been summarized and reduced in order to provide a basic understanding; exceptions are not fully covered. Please always refer to current FARs to get all necessary details.

FAR 61.153 [Eligibility Requirements] [Excerpt]


To be eligible for an airline transport pilot certificate, you must:

  1. Be at least 23 years of age.
  2. Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  3. Be of good moral character.
  4. Hold at least a commercial pilot certificate and an instrument rating.
  5. Meet the aeronautical experience requirements that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  6. Pass the knowledge test.
  7. Pass the practical test.


To exercise the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate, you must hold a current first-class medical certificate.

FAR 61.159 [Aeronautical Experience: Airplane Category Rating] [Excerpt]


If you are applying for an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category and class rating, you must have at least 1500 hours of total time as a pilot that includes at least:

  1. 500 hours of cross-country flight time.
  2. 100 hours of night flight time. (If you have performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop, you may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time. However, not more than 25 hours of night flight time may be credited in this manner!)
  3. 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions. (A maximum of 25 hours, or if the training was accomplished in accordance with Part 142, a maximum of 50 hours of simulated instrument time in an approved flight simulator or approved flight training device that represents an airplane may be credited.)
  4. 250 hours of flight time in an airplane as a pilot in command, which includes at least 100 hours cross-country flight time and 25 hours of night flight time.
  5. Not more than 100 hours of the total aeronautical experience requirements for this rating may be obtained in accordance with FAA Part 142 in an approved flight simulator or approved flight training device that represents an airplane.


FAR 61.161 [Aeronautical Experience: Rotorcraft Category and Helicopter Class Rating] [Excerpt]


If you are applying for an airline transport pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating, you must have at least 1200 hours of total time as a pilot that includes at least:

  1. 500 hours of cross-country flight time.
  2. 100 hours of night flight time, of which 15 hours are in helicopters.
  3. 200 hours of flight time in helicopters, which includes at least 75 hours as a pilot in command.
  4. 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions, of which at least 50 hours are obtained in flight with at least 25 hours in helicopters as pilot in command. (A maximum of 25 hours, or if the training was accomplished in accordance with FAA Part 142, a maximum of 50 hours of simulated instrument time in an approved flight simulator or approved flight training device that represents a helicopter may be credited.)

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