Restricted Airline Transport Pilot License (R-ATP)
What is an R-ATP compared to ATP License?
R-ATP Standard Requirements
For the ATP License, the conditions for eligibility are shown in the table to the right, but these largely require pilots to be at least 23 years of age, with 1,500 hours of flight time experience broken down in certain specific categories. Compared then to the R-ATP, these requirements change primarily to the age of 21, as well as different cross country and total flight time minimums, depending on how a pilot receives their training.
Once pilots meet these eligibility requirements, candidates then have to complete an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP), as well as pass the ATP knowledge and practical test to receive their ATP or R-ATP License.
The restricted ATP is only for pilots looking for positions as a First Officer or Second in Command – holders of a R-ATP are not eligible for Captain positions – a Restricted ATP license is after all, restricted. However, considering pilots will need to work their way up from First Officer to Captain, both in terms of years of service and number of flight hours, this restriction should not cause any issues when first starting out in the career.