Air Transport Pilot Licence Theory


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Aeronautical knowledge at air transport level is fundamental for pilots who aspire to command transport category aeroplanes. The focus of the course delivered by the Flying Operations Unit is that students achieve full understanding of the topics specified for the ATPL in the CASR 1998 Part 61 Manual of Standards. You can expect our experienced teachers to expertly guide you through the material, explain the concepts, provide practical and precise methods of calculation, and answer all your questions – however, you must commit to make the time and effort required, complete the work you are given and participate in class activities.


Prerequisites and Assumed Knowledge

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) with Aeroplane Category Rating, or

A full CPL Aeroplane exam credit (pass in all 7 CPL Aeroplane exams within the permitted window), and

Instrument Rating Examination and multi-engine aeroplane class rating (assumed knowledge)


Course Delivery (during the COVID period -  at this stage to the end of May 2021)

Course are delivered online, weekdays 0830 – 1550 on the dates specified on the timetable below (excluding public holidays where noted)


Course Material

You will be given access to comprehensive presentations, notes, worked examples and practice questions. The purchase of textbooks is not necessary. For the full course, you must supply your own:

  • B727 Performance and Operating Handbook, navigational equipment and a basic calculator
  • Regulations and Orders – CAR 1988, CASR 1998 Part 61 and CAO 20 to 95.2
  • Operational publicationsAIP book, ERSA complete, all ERC High, ERC Low, TAC, PCA, DAP East and West


Exam Information

General CASA examination information                           Air Transport Pilot Licence exams

Permitted exam material – general                                   Permitted exam material – specific exams

ASPEQ examination bookings                                          ASPEQ  - Candidates user guide


Application and Conditions

  1. Complete required sections of the online application and submit
  2. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required – payment instructions will be provided after application
  3. Course fees are due for payment in full at least 10-days before the course commencement date
  4. If your circumstances change and you cannot attend a course for which you have already paid, please contact us to transfer your enrolment to a later course
  5. Course fees do not include CASA/ASPEQ exams – you are responsible for booking your exams


Course Fees

Course Class Days Cost
 Full course 41 $4,900 
 Flight Planning 10 $1,700 
 Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems 10 $1,400 
 Navigation 7 $1,000 
 Performance and Loading 5 $700 
 Meteorology 3 $250 
 Air Law 3 $250 
 Human Factors 3 $250 



All enquiries should be directed to Lucie Thomson at the Flying Operations Unit


T:        02 9791 3047


2021 Schedule

ATPL Schedule 2021

























Teaching Staff

 To provide the best quality delivery, our subjects are delivered by subject specialists, listed below.


Jeremy Andrews

Jeremy Andrews

Jeremy's aviation career spans 35 years of flying and teaching theory. He spent 10 years working as a general aviation pilot flying freight, doing charter work and working as a flying instructor for the Royal Aero Club of NSW. Since 1993, Jeremy has engaged in full time aviation theory teaching, first at TAFE and 19 years for UNSW. The range of subjects that he is able to teach is extraordinary, encompassing all private pilot licence theory, all commercial subjects, instrument rating theory and ATPL for fixed wing aircraft; and rotary wing up to Commercial Pilot level. His flying experience and intense interest in all facets of the aviation industry provide a practical context for the theoretical subjects that he delivers. Jeremy is presently the Chief Ground Instructor and teaches Flight Planning and Performance at ATPL level.

Roy Kelly

Roy Kelly







Roy has been involved in aviation for over 25 years, flying in the UK, Europe and Australia. He joined UNSW in 2013 taking up the position of Theory Instructor, specialising in Meteorology, Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems. He teaches systems in our Jet based trainer and Dash 8 Q400 systems trainer. He has a very practical approach to his ATPL theory training having developed many animations and working models to assist his students in understanding some of the complexities of the modern jet transport aircraft. Roy Kelly was the winner of the 2016 UNSW Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Professional Services for his innovation in delivery of aviation theory. Students think very highly of Roy and appreciate his passion, enthusiasm, energy, innovation in teaching and his ability to explain concepts in multiple different ways to ensure that all students fully understand the required theory.

Barry Ellis

Barry Ellis








Barry is an experienced pilot having worked in corporate aviation and as a flying instructor operating both piston and turbine powered aircraft. He has over ten years’ experience as a theory instructor and teaches CPL, instrument rating and ATPL subjects at UNSW.

Martin Jamieson

Martin Jamieson









Martin has nearly 20 000 hours in his logbook, including extensive experience as a Captain on B767, B777 and B787 aircraft on international operations. Before   embarking on a career in aviation, he was employed as  a Science teacher.


Subject Delivered By Email Phone
 AASA Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems   Roy Kelly 02 9791 1151
 AFPA Flight Planning

 Jeremy Andrews

 Martin Jamieson

02 9791 1151
 AHUF Human Factors  Martin Jamieson 02 9791 1151
 ALAW Air Law  Barry Ellis 02 9791 1151
 APLA Performance and Loading  Martin Jamieson 02 9791 1151
 AMET Meteorology  Roy Kelly 02 9791 1151
 ANAV Navigation  Barry Ellis 02 9791 1151