Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

Applicable to aeroplane and rotorcraft

Proof of Jamaican Citizenship and Age:

  • Birth Certificate/Baptismal Certificate
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Passport


Proof of Identity and Residential Address:

  • Driver’s Licences
  • Government Identification Cards

In the absence of a government issued photographic identification, the applicant shall submit a passport sized photograph, certified by a Justice of the Peace to be a true photograph of the applicant.

Airline Transport Pilot Eligibility Requirements

    1. Age:  be at least 21 years of age
    2. Language:  be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
    3. Medical requirements:  hold a Class 1 medical certificate
    4. meet at least one of the following requirements:
      • hold a valid and current Commercial Pilot Licence and an Instrument Rating;
      • meet the military experience requirements to qualify for a Commercial Pilot Licence, and an Instrument Rating if the person is an active or retired pilot of the Jamaica Defence Force; or
      • hold either a foreign Airline Transport Pilot or foreign Commercial Pilot Licence and an Instrument Rating issued by another Contracting State;
    5. meet the aeronautical applicable experience requirements of the Eighth A Schedule before applying for the practical test.
    6. pass a knowledge test on the applicable aeronautical knowledge areas prescribed by the Authority that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and
    7. pass the practical test as specified in the Eighth A Schedule for Airline Transport Pilot (Aeroplane or Helicopter) that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
    8. meet the Language Proficiency Rating requirement.


Theoretical knowledge Test:  In the absence of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Full exam, applicants for the issue of ATPL licences, are required to successfully write the ATPL examination from any International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Contracting State, forwarding the original to the JCAA for processing.  The applicant is however required to submit the relevant ATPL syllabus to the JCAA for approval, prior to writing the ATPL examination.

An applicant for:

  1. An ATPL(A) must be the holder of a CPL(A) and multi-engine instrument rating (A)
  2. An ATPL(H) must be the holder of a CPL(H)


Airline Transport Pilot Knowledge Requirements

  1. Rules and regulations relevant to the holder of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence: rules of the air.
  2. Flight instruments; compasses, turning and acceleration errors, gyroscopic instruments, operational limits and precession effects; practices and procedures in the event of malfunctions of various flight instruments.
  3. Pre-flight and en-route operational flight planning; preparation and filing of air traffic services plans; appropriate air traffic service flight plan; appropriate air traffic services procedures; altimeter setting procedures;
  4. Human performance relevant to the airline transport pilot.
  5. Interpretation and application of aeronautical meteorological reports, charts and forecasts; codes and abbreviations; use of, and procedures for obtaining, meteorological information, pre-flight and in-flight; altimetry.
  6. Aeronautical meteorological; climatology of relevant areas in respect of the elements having an effect upon aviation; the movement of pressure systems; the structure of fronts, and the origin and characteristics of significant weather phenomena which affects take-off, en-route and landing conditions;
  7. Causes, recognition and effects of engine and airframe icing; frontal zone penetration procedures; hazardous weather avoidance.
  8. Air navigation, including the use of aeronautical charts, radio navigation aids and area navigation systems; specific navigation requirements for long-range flights;
  9. Use, accuracy and reliability of navigation systems used in departure, en-route, approach and landing phases of flight; identification of radio navigation aids.
  10. Principles and characteristics of self-contained and external-referenced navigation system; operation of airborne equipment; codes and abbreviation, and instrument procedure charts for departure, en-route, descent and approach.
  11. Pre-cautionary and emergency procedures; safety practices associated with flight under IFR;
  12. Operational procedures for carriage of freight and dangerous goods.
  13. Requirements and practices for safety briefing to passengers, including precautions to be observed when embarking and disembarking from aircraft.
  14. Radiotelephony procedures and phraseology; action to be taken in case of communication failure;
  15. Interpretation and use of aeronautical documentation such as AIP, NOTAM, aeronautical codes and abbreviations and instrument procedure charts for departure, en-route, descent and approach.

In addition to the aeronautical knowledge requirement, an applicant for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence, shall receive and log ground training from an Instructor, or complete a home-study course on the required aeronautical knowledge areas prescribed by the Authority.


Airline Transport Pilot Aeronautical Experience Requirements

In addition to the requirements of Subsection 8.275 and, an applicant for an Airline Transport Pilot Licence shall have at least the experience listed for that category of aircraft in the following table:

(Note 1: In the table below, the abbreviations indicated the category and/or class of aircraft as follows: A = Aeroplane; TR = Transition from Aeroplane to Rotorcraft and RH = Rotorcraft Helicopter)


Table 1 – 8.275

Specific Experience







(1) Pilot – All Aircraft 1500 1000
(2) Pilot – Cross Country 200 200
(3) Pilot – Night 100 50
(4) Pilot – Aircraft Category 900 600
(5) Pilot – Instruments (Actual or Simulated) – Aircraft Category 75 50
(6) Pilot – Night – Aircraft Category 30 15
(7) Pilot – Instruments (Maximum simulated instrument time) in Aircraft Class 25 25
(8) Pilot-In-Command – Cross Country – Aircraft Category 100 100
(9) Pilot-In-Command – Aircraft Category (or a SIC performing the duties and functions of a PIC while under the supervision of a PIC) 250 250
(10) Flight in preparation for practical test (in previous 60 days) 3 3


Credit for Jamaica Defence Force Applicants (Jamaican Citizens):

Active or retired Jamaica Defence Force personnel who hold a Jamaica Defence Force unrestricted Instrument Rating for either a multi-engine aeroplane or a helicopter required to be operated with a co-pilot, shall be deemed to have met the skill requirements.


Additional Aircraft Category, Class and Type Ratings

  • An applicant for an Airline Transport Pilot Licence with a category rating who holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence with another aircraft category rating shall –
    1. meet the applicable eligibility requirements
    2. pass a knowledge test on the applicable aeronautical knowledge areas
    3. meet the applicable aeronautical experience requirements; and
    4. pass the practical test on the areas of operation.
  • An applicant for an aircraft type rating to an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, is not required to pass a knowledge test if that pilot’s Airline Transport Pilot Licence lists the aircraft category and class rating that is appropriate to the type rating sought.