National Flight Centre Pilot Academy is authorised to provide an EASA approved modular ATPL (A) Theoretical Knowledge Course. The course is a distance-learning, self-study programme structured in three four-month modules comprising fourteen subjects in total with a total study time of 675 hours, which meets the requirements as per EASA PART-FCL. Students can apply at any time, however course commencement will be on the 1st of each month (or next business working day).

The course follows an online learning management system designed and operated by our training partners, Padpilot. This learning management system utilises the latest iBooks technology created by Padpilot and progresses the student through the course covering all ATPL subjects.

A tutorial for the online system is free to view at

How much will it cost?

The modular ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Course is provided by National Flight Centre at a cost of €2450 per student and includes;

  1. Jeppesen General Student Pilot Route Manual.
  2. Pooleys CRP-5
  3. 12 months access to the ‘Padpilot’ Online Computer Learning Management System providing a learning structure and objectives for each subject.
  4. 12 months access to the ‘ATPL Online’ Question Bank.
  5. Mock examinations in preparation for the sitting of each ATPL subject.

It is up to the student to purchase a suitable iPad, and obtain the required Padpilot ATPL books via iBooks. Information on this procedure will be provided before course commencement.

The initial cost of the ATPL Theory Course with NFC includes 12 months access to the Padpilot learning management system which is in line with our goal of having our students complete the course and successfully sit all 14 ATPL examinations within that time frame. (Further access to the system can be made available should the need arise and this matter should be discussed with the CTKI or HOT at NFC).

The course study modules are as follow;

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3
Principles of Flight General Navigation Radio Navigation
Aircraft General Knowledge Instrumentation Meteorology
Operational Procedures Performance Flight Planning and Monitoring
Air Law Mass and Balance Human Performance and Limitation
IFR and VFR Comms (2)

What do I need before Applying?

Before commencing an ATPL distance learning course with National Flight Centre, the prospective student will possess a valid ICAO Private Pilot’s Licence (PART-FCL requirement) and Class 1 Medical (NFC requirement), as well as a valid e-mail address and internet access.

Copies of PPL, Class 1 Medical, photo ID, completed Student Application Form and last 3 pages of your logbook, together with payment in full for the course must be furnished to NFC prior to course commencement. All documents may be scanned and emailed to to be held on file and remain strictly confidential.

Please note: Results Disclosure Agreement must be signed by the student for submission to IAA at time of application to sit ATPL examinations in order that NFC may later access ATPL results.

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Important Dates for 2019
ATPL DL Consolidation 17th & 18th January


Why Choose Us


The National Flight Centre offers approved courses starting with introductory flights and ranging from Private Pilot Licence (PPL) all the way through to Commercial Airline Pilot courses.

I completed the modular ATPL course with National Flight Centre in April. While the course is hard work the team at NFC made sure that I had all the assistance I needed to get through it. The modular course suited me, as I needed to work my flight training around my own job and NFC were very accommodating in creating a schedule that was manageable. I really enjoyed the atmosphere out in Weston during my training, all the instructors and staff are very helpful and always on hand to assist with any questions I had. Thanks to them I am starting my B737 type rating with Ryanair in December. I would definitely recommend the National Flight Centre to anyone who is interested in pursuing a flying career!
Michael EnnisNFC Graduate, Modular ATPL
I completed all of my Flight Training at the National Flight Centre – I found the friendliness and professionalism of the staff to be refreshing, and indeed the flexibility of my personalized training programme allowed me to complete all my training while continuing in full-time employment.
Enda RyanNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, B737-800 Ryanair
When you train at are prepared for the next step in to the career of a Commercial Pilot. The focus is on quality and attention to detail. Students (Customers) always come first. After completing all my training with NFC, within weeks I got offered a job and have since completed my Type Rating training on the B737-800 and look forward to my line training!
Mark DwyerNFC Graduate, B737, Ryanair
I completed my PPL, Night Rating, CPL and Multi-Engine Piston Instrument rating with NFC and I can testify to the quality instruction and customer service received by students. I landed my Airline job within weeks of qualifying and have never looked back…
Oisin Green NFC Graduate, B737, Air Contractors
The NFC offers high quality training in a professional manner while still maintaining the friendly and fun atmosphere of a flying club! I completed my Commercial Pilots license and Flight Instructors rating with NFC and subesequently accepted employment with Aer Arann. Now I work as a Captain and Type Rating Instructor with Cityjet and I regularly train NFC Graduates and find the impeccable standards are being maintained…
Julie GarlandNFC Graduate, Captain/TRI, BAE-146, Cityjet
I always found the staff and Instructors at NFC to be of the highest calibre…
Imelda ComerNFC Graduate, Sim Instructor, Ryanair
As a Captain with Cityjet and a former graduate, I can testify to the high standards of the National Flight Centre
John DowdsNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
Training provided at NFC is unparalleled by any Flight School in the country…
John DeveneyNFC Graduate, Captain, BAE-146, Cityjet
On completion of training with NFC – I flew for Ryanair and became a Captain, I applied for a position flying 747’s at Cathay Pacific and the rest is history!
NFC GradAlan Quigley NFC Graduate, B747, Cathay Pacific
I completed my training with NFC and started out banner towing, I worked with Luxair then moved to AerLingus as a Training Captain on the A330 – I’m currently working for a corporate client in the UAE
Colin RyanNFC Graduate, Airbus Series A330/21/20/19/18, Training Captain, AerLingus
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