ATPL The Past, Present and Future of Learning

ATPL Theory – The Past, Present and Future

When you are beginning your journey to becoming a commercial airline pilot, there is a huge amount of information to get your head around first. Education website is a good place to start, It explains the different training routes, the latest industry news and offers inspiration with stories from the flightdeck.

We were delighted to be interviewed by them for a piece about the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) Theory element of pilot training. Ground school studies have changed a lot over the years; photocopied paper notes have transformed into interactive digital manuals embedded with video, animations and 3D models. And there are more exciting developments on the horizon! You cannot become an airline pilot without first passing the 14 ATPL exams so it’s an important element of training to get right. In the article, we talk about what is important for trainee pilots in the ground school phase, and why we produce the manuals we do.

Here is the interview:

In the last week we caught up with Gloucester based Padpilot, who specialise in ATPL Theoretical Knowledge manuals, which are used by many leading training providers such as Airways Aviation, British Airways, CTC Aviation, Simtech and Stapleford Flight Centre, just to name a few. We discuss who they are, what they offer and also what changes have recently happened with ATPL exams and what the future holds for ATPL Theoretical training.

So can you tell us a little about your company, where you’re based, it’s history and how long you’ve been providing flight training material…

Padpilot is based in Gloucester, UK, and was founded in 2009 when MD, Graham Cownie, a former RAF pilot and instructor, wanted to create a new type of ATPL training that was interactive, engaging and promoted a deep and lasting understanding of the subject matter, taking candidates beyond simply passing the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) exams, but also preparing them for type training and, ultimately, a career on the flight deck.