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ATPL is the highest level of aircraft pilot certification. ATPL course is meant for future airline pilots. ATPL certified pilots are authorized to act as pilot-in-command (Captain) or co-pilot (First Officer) in airplanes engaged in commercial air transportation.

South African civil aviation authority requirements for the issue of Airline Transport Pilot License( ATPL):

1. Be at least 21 years old.

2. Pass the SA-CAA ATP theoretical examinations.

3. Have completed not less than 1500 hours of flight time.

4. Successfully complete a practical flight test, conducted by a Designated Flight Examiner (DFE), on a multi engine turbine /jet aircraft or a multi engine aircraft with a maximum take off weight exceeding 5 700KG’s.