The Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) is the highest level of pilot certification.

It is required to operate as a pilot in an Air Carrier operations with aircraft over 12,500 pounds and / or more than nine passenger seats.


To begin flight training, the student will have to meet the following FAA requirements:

  • Hold an FAA medical
  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Be of good moral character
  • Hold an FAA Commercial pilot’s license with Rotorcraft category and Helicopter class OR
  • Meets the Military experience requirements, with an instrument rating OR
  • Holds a current foreign ATPL with instrument rating
  • The student needs to be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.


The following tests and examinations are required for the ATPL License:

  • ATPL Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • ATPL Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test, undertaken by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner)


LA Helicopters Part 141 Private Pilot’s training course comprises of classroom-based ground school and flight training.

All of LA Helicopter’s ground school training is provided on a one-on-one basis (no large groups of students). Our experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) provide the highest level of training, using fully equipped classrooms with projected Powerpoint presentations and video training.

As a Private Pilot student you will be introduced to key subjects, such as the principles of flight, navigation, weather and aviation regulations. Regular stage checks will ensure you are able to pass your FAA written exams with ease.

The flight training will be conducted in the two seat Robinson R22 (or the larger R44 aircraft on request). Training will follow our FAA Part 141 syllabus and will take place at Long Beach airport, local airports and in the Los Angeles vicinity.


Assuming a full time schedule (6 Days per Week, 4-6 hours training per day) a student can expect to complete the ATP course in 5 – 10 days.

Part 141: Minimum Time Part 61: Average Completion Time
Dual Training Time (R22) 15 hours 3 hours
Dual Training Time (R22 IFR) 10 hours 3 hours