Aerospace Education Catalogue

Cycle préparatoire ATPL ENAC

  • Organisation: ENAC
  • Type of Course: Initial education
  • Language(s): French
  • Place: Toulouse (French Regions: Occitanie)
  • Prepared diploma/grade/title: Certificate : training certificate (from a higher education institution )
  • Level of entry: French Baccalaureat + 0
  • This training is included in RNCPRS

Course Details

Objectives: Along with the formation of Student Airline Pilot it has provided for over 50 years, ENAC opens a stage of preparation for ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License).
This new course aims to allow a few students from low income families, having already demonstrated a proven interest in aviation activities and possessing a good academic potential, prepare for the ATPL.
The ATPL license is the European airplane pilot indispensable for the exercise of the profession of airline pilot, at least as Captain. It consists of a theoretical and a practical part.
And a great motivation for aviation activities, a modest social background, a good level of English, good science, real moral qualities, will be the main criteria for access in the preparatory cycle ATPL ENAC.

Intended for: Nominations are made on record.

To be admitted to the selection candidates must:
1 - be in sixth form or a bachelor's degree, the year of selection.

2 - Be over 16 years and under 21 on 1 January of the year of selection,

3 - be a beneficiary of a scholarship or a grant colleges of higher education in the year of selection,

4 - to be presented by:

an aeronautical federation (FFA FFVV, FFPLUM)

or an aviation school (vocational baccalaureate candidates in aerospace), or holder of the patent Initiation Aeronautics (BIA),

5 - be nationals of an EU country, or of another State Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area


Medical fitness: to be admitted to the preparatory course ATPL candidates will have to meet medical standards that may be found at ENAC

BA: only be admitted in the preparatory cycle, candidates must hold the baccalaureate at the date of commencement of training.

Language: all teaching in middle schools ATPL / ENAC are taught in French.

Prerequisites: This selection has an original character in particular because of its development consists of five stages, each with an eliminatory nature, that require from candidates a strong motivation and ability to go to the actual job of airline pilot.

Step 1: the application
The first stage of selection is on record. The jury examines and ranks the admissible cases from two criteria:

Level price (high school or higher education) of the candidate,
Candidate's academic record (1),

(1) each case will be assessed the candidate's school.

The review of school records is based:

for candidates in sixth form at the time of filing the application: the results obtained in the first class and during the first quarter of the twelfth grade. The results are considered mainly those obtained in mathematics, physics, English and French.
candidates for graduates already upon filing of application: on academic performance in sixth form, during the bachelor and (or) years of study since obtaining the tray. The results are considered mainly those obtained in mathematics, physics, English and French.

Each of the two categories of candidates above will be ranked.

Based on the criteria above, the jury decides whether the convening of scientific test candidate (Step 2 of the selection), or the rejection of the application.

Step 2: Scientific Assessment
The scientific assessment of candidates is made from the written test required math contest of Arts Degree in Aviation.
This test focuses on the current program of school sixth TSG Specialties "marketing", "accounting and corporate finance" and "management information systems."

To be eligible to continue the selection process candidates must achieve a minimum score of 10 out of 20 in this event.

Step 3: assessing psychomotor and psycho-
Both assessments require no knowledge of aviation. They are designed to assess the candidates' capacity to successfully complete the ATPL training provided by ENAC.

Step 4: psychological assessment, the English test, the interview with the jury

The psychological assessment
This evaluation shall assess candidates in the presence of human qualities necessary for ATPL training, work crew and ultimately exercise the functions of command within an airline.
The English test
In a computer file is saved four headings of radio news.

After a preparation time of 20 ', the candidate to an oral examiner for two of them. This report must be both precise and detailed and must allow the examiner to assess the ability to understand spoken language of the candidate.

During the preparation time the candidate may take notes, but not draft the report, let alone read it during the interrogation.
Once the report is complete, the examiner will initiate a conversation with the candidate. The exchange will deal with a subject of the record or move to another topic.

This interview will last approximately 15 minutes.

To be eligible to continue the selection process candidates must achieve a minimum score of 8 out of 20 in this event.

Interview with the jury
An interview with a panel will include measuring the motivation and commitment of aviation candidates.

Step 5: Medical Examination
To be finally admitted to the preparatory course ATPL candidates must meet the standards of medical fitness by reference to Annex 3 FCL, Subpart B of the Order of 27 January 2005 on medical standards for Class 1, s visit medical fitness is provided by a Center of Expertise of Aerospace Medicine.

Admission requirements: French Baccalaureate.

Duration and terms: The preparatory course ATPL / ENAC, lasting 10 months, is devoted to an upgrade of the students, especially in mathematics, physics, English and French.
At the end of this cycle, five students are selected to receive free ATPL training at ENAC.

The selection will be based on grades as part of a system of continuous and partial quarterly.

_The Students selected through the "preparatory cycle ATPL" prepare to ENAC certificates of ATPL theoretical. Subject to obtaining all certificates of ATPL theoretical, they will then follow, always to ENAC, practical training to prepare them for various examinations of practice ATPL course.

_The Students who complete the whole course, will be destined to exercise within the airlines. When hiring in the company, they will conduct a training qualified? Cation type suitable for aircraft in service with the company and its operating conditions. After this qualitative? Cation, they will co-pilot for several years before entering the office of captain.

_The Students' preparatory course ATPL "not selected to continue training to ATPL to ENAC can join if they wish, the formation of Aeronautics Operating Technician provided by ENAC (see the information on this training ENAC on the site). For them, subject however to have validated "the preparatory cycle ATPL" access to this training will be right and they will be exempted from tuition fees.

Notes: Free training
All training costs are supported by ENAC. By cons, costs and lodging are the responsibility of students. Opportunities for accommodation and food are available on the campus of the ENAC.

All preparatory school students ATPL / ENAC will be eligible for a bursary ENAC awarded under conditions equivalent to those grants on social criteria in higher education.

Partnerships with national organisations: Fédération Française Aéronautique, Fédération Française de Vol à Voile, Fédération Française d'ULM

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