ATPL training – Distance learning


To reach the airline pilot theoretical certification, two options are possible:

A – Integrated training

This training is also called “ab initio” training, since no specific aeronautical experience is required. Candidates register to a flying school to follow a complete training program.

Various flying schools decided to subcontract the theoretical part of the training to the Institut MERMOZ.

Thus, the Institut MERMOZ signed privileged partnerships with ASTONFLY (located in Toussus le Noble), TRIMAILLE AERO-FORMATION, AEROPYRENNEES and DSA (Czech Republic).

The Integrated option is mandatory for candidates that would not be PPL licensed.

B – Modular training

This option enable candidates to carry out a step by step training to reach the ATPL license.

  • First, trainees have to validate their PPL license. The theoretical part can be easily validated at an Aeroclub. The Institut MERMOZ can help you selecting a nearby Aeroclub thanks to its partnership with the French Aeronautical Federation (FFA)
  • Next, trainees have to validate their theoretical ATPL. Two options are possible :
    • Carry-out a full time training program (10 months), in French or English, at Rungis or Toussus le Noble.
    • Carry-out a distance training program, that includes a two weeks “on-site” session.
  • Then, trainees have to validate a proper amount of flight hours. They also have to select a flying school to prepare for the CPL license and IR rating.
  • Finally, trainees have to validate their MCC rating (Multi Crew Cooperation) at a flying school.

All of these steps are independent from each other.


The Institut MERMOZ offers ATPL Aeroplane Distance Learning, and starting with the December 2019 session, this training will be offered in English on certain dates.

It consists of:

  • A 2 weeks Initial Training to be attended at our premises in Rungis/Orly
  • Personal work based on 14 textbooks (printed or digital version)
  • Personal work based on our educational ressources
  • 65 tests to be made on our e-learning platform
  • A series of MCQ tests to prepare for the exam in best conditions

You are also provided with a personalised follow-up all along the program that enables you to ask questions to a dedicated pool of instructors.


The ATPL(A) training program is composed of 14 courses:

  • 010 Air law
  • 021 Aircraft general knowledge (Airframe and systems, electricity, power plant, emergency equipment)
  • 022 Instrumentation
  • 031 Mass and balance
  • 033 Flight planning and monitoring
  • 034 Aircraft performance
  • 040 Human performance
  • 050 Meteorology
  • 061 Navigation
  • 062 Radionavigation
  • 070 Operational procedures
  • 081 Principles of flight
  • 091 VFR Communication
  • 092 IFR Communications

The objective is, firstly, to reach the ATPL theoretical certification.

Beyond that, this program aims at preparing our trainees for their future professional life in best conditions.

A solid theoretical base is a must have for any airline pilot, particularly when working on a type qualification.

  • 18 years old minimum at the time the license is granted.
  • Hold a valid PPL(A)
  • Good level of knowledge in physics and mathematics (an evaluation test may be carried out at the beginning of the program, depending on the education level. A technical or scientific baccalauréat is required)
  • Class 1 medical fitness

The test is not eliminatory. It is just a way to ensure the candidate has the level of knowledge that is necessary to carry out this training. In case a candidate fails to pass the exam, a specific training is proposed to reach success.


It is mandatory that trainees follows-up the full training program to be able to undertake the official DGAC exams.

Trainees must attend the full Initial Training module and have to undertake remote tests so their knowledge can be checked all along the program.

Permission to undertake the official DGAC exams will be provided by the Institut MERMOZ head teacher according to the results to the remote tests.


A maximum of 30 trainees per Initial Training


18 months maximum

  • From Monday 2nd to Friday 13th, December 2019 (ENGLISH COURSE)
  • From Monday 9th to Friday 20th, December 2020 in TAHITI
  • From Monday 24th February to Friday 6th March 2020 – FULL
  • From Monday 6th to Friday 17th April, 2020 (ENGLISH COURSE)
  • From Monday 15th to Friday 26th, June 2020
  • From Monday 20th to Friday 31st, July 2020 (ENGLISH COURSE)
  • For Monday 14th to Friday 25th, September 2020

The Initial Training is to be attended at our premises in Rungis/Orly:

43 Avenue Robert Schuman 94150 Rungis FRANCE


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