Pathways to Becoming a Pilot: An In-Depth Look at Integrated and Modular ATPL

Does the thrill of soaring through the sky call out to you? If you’ve ever wondered how to transform this dream into reality, this is your one-stop guide. We’ll dive into the essentials of pilot training, explaining the two primary ATPL pathways – Integrated and Modular. Read until the end and watch our own video explaining everything in a great visual way.

What is ATPL?

The Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) is the highest level of aviation training that allows you to captain commercial flights. This license is normally completed into two different paths: Integrated or Modular ATPL.

Integrated ATPL: The Fast-Track Route

The Integrated ATPL is a full-time course designed for individuals with no or minimal flying experience. It is a comprehensive and focused programme that enables students to acquire all the necessary flight training and theory in one continuous course.

The main advantage? Its efficient, fast-track nature. It’s an all-in-one bundle, ideal for those who desire a structured, seamless experience and want to achieve their pilot wings as quickly as possible.

You can read about our own integrated ATPL course at

Modular ATPL: The Flexible Route

Contrastingly, the Modular ATPL offers flexibility. This pathway allows you to complete each segment—private pilot license (PPL), hour building, ATPL theory and the rest of the licenses needed—at your own pace.

It’s a pathway particularly suited to those balancing other commitments such as work or education, or those who prefer to spread the cost of training over a longer period.

You can read about our own modular ATPL courses at

 Which Pathway is Right for You?

Choosing between Integrated and Modular ATPL ultimately depends on your personal circumstances and preferences.

The Integrated ATPL provides a streamlined path that can get you into the cockpit quicker. It’s ideal for those seeking a direct route into a pilot career.

On the other hand, the Modular ATPL offers flexibility and can be less intense, allowing you to tailor the training to your life, commitments, and finances.

Conclusion: Your Flight (and life) Plan Awaits

Becoming a pilot is no small undertaking, but understanding the pathways, including Integrated and Modular ATPL, can help you make an informed decision. Whether you opt for the swift, all-inclusive journey of Integrated ATPL, or the adaptable and paced experience of the Modular ATPL, the skies await you.

But this is just the beginning of your pilot journey. Stay tuned to our video series ‘From Zero to Hero‘ to learn more about what each phase of training involves and how to prepare for your first solo flight. Remember, the sky is not the limit; it’s just the beginning.

Visit the second Episode of “From Zero to Hero” on our Youtube channel