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 TRIMAILLE AERO-FORMATION, AIRLINE PILOT ACADEMY TRAINING, DSA (Czech Republic) and EPAG-NG.

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.

The new EASA program includes the “100 KSA” module.

The distance learning program 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.

2021/ 100% success rate in DGAC exams

2021 / Satisfaction rate: 86%


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
  • 090 Communication
  • 100 KSA

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.

New 100 KSA certificate :

The new 2020 program includes the « 100 KSA » module, that aims at working on the « core competencies » required for pilots.

This brand new module is made of three parts :

  • Group tests :

Trainees have to work as part of a group on specific scenarios where « core competencies » are assessed.  The objective is to evaluate and support them, focusing on strengths and weaknesses. Three group evaluations are made.

  • Initial assessment :

As part of a group, trainees have to work on a non-aeronautical situation. An interim evaluation is made to monitor their progress. A final evaluation is made in the form of a simulated flight.

  • Introduction to mental arithmetic techniques:

The objective of this part is to develop calculation skills, and to introduce mental calculation techniques.

This brand new « 100 KSA » module has been developped by the Institut MERMOZ to help trainees improving their “non-technical” skills and to understand the airline selection process.

New / Rendez-vous du mois: The Institut MERMOZ includes a monthly webinar in your training. This webinar is accessible on registration, limited to 30 places. It will allow you to deepen your knowledge on a given topic. You will regularly receive the webinar schedule by email.

    • 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 32 trainees per Initial Training


18 months maximum

  • February 21 to March 4, 2022 (Visio)
  • April 11 to April 22, 2022 -Initial training in English (Visio)
  • April 25 to April 29, and May 16 to May 20, 2022 (Initial training at the AVIALPES premises)
  • June 13 to June 24, 2022 (Visio)
  • July 18 to July 29, 2022 (Initial training in English)
  • September 19 to 30, 2022

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

43 Avenue Robert Schuman 94150 Rungis FRANCE,

Or remote training.