ATPL(A) Theory

ATPL(A) Theory With Nathan Higgins

Advanced Flight Theory is the only complete ‘ATPL Theory Centre’ in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Region offering both Full-Time Ground School and Distance Learning Courses for Aeroplane and Helicopter Pilots.

Some students choose to do the easier subjects by a Distance Learning Course and then attend our Full-Time Ground School for the more difficult subjects. The choice is always yours!

Advanced Flight Theory is proud to have Australia’s best ATPL pass rate. Our past and present students are our best advertisement!

Passing the ATPL(A) examination is an important step in your aviation career. As specialist ATPL theory instructors, we are well aware of the difficulty most pilots have studying the Part 61 Manual of Standards Aeronautical Knowledge Standards (Syllabus). . Not only do many pilots require assistance to revise their Commercial Pilot theory, they also need to have the new concepts in ATPL(A) presented in an easy to understand format.

Advanced Flight Theory offers both Full-Time Ground School course and Distance Learning Courses. We believe that Full-Time Ground School is the best way to complete your ATPL study. For some pilots the only alternative is to complete the course via Distance Learning.

We are well aware that many students would like to study the easier course material on their own, and concentrate on the more difficult subjects in class. Our full-time course format takes this into account. One of the most limiting factors when doing ATPL study is your time. We understand that most pilots need to take leave from work, sometimes without pay, to attend a course. With this in mind we have taken every possible step to minimise the course duration and related costs.

It is with confidence that we can say our courses are comprehensive in content, but as short in duration as possible. We are often asked how we achieve such good results in this short time frame. The answer is simple – we make you work hard! You must be totally committed to your study for the duration of the course.

Distance Learning study can be a challenge and success requires personal discipline, motivation and dedication on your part and comprehensive backup and constant support on our part. Our freecall phone and email support ensures that you are never left on your own.

It should be very encouraging for you to know that with the right approach and commitment, success at first attempt is definitely achievable. Our entire course has been written specifically for the Part 61 Manual of Standards Aeronautical Knowledge Standards (Syllabus).

At Advanced Flight Theory, we are proud of our great reputation for providing the best service possible to all of our students. We are constantly updating our course notes, revision tests and Practice CyberExams so we can guarantee you will receive the most practical and comprehensive theory instruction possible.

Our Guarantee To You

A very important feature of our school’s policy is that if, after attending our full time course, you are not totally prepared to sit the CASA PEXO Exams, or you are having difficulty with any aspect of the course, you are welcome to return and resit all or any part of the course you have paid for once, with no additional course fee within a two year timeframe. If necessary, you may also resit all or any part of the course more than once, subject to some simple conditions.

We guarantee to stick with you until you achieve your goal of an ATPL(A) examination credit.

Airservices Supply Shop

Advanced Flight Theory operates an Airservices Supply Shop and can provide the complete range of CASA documents, maps and charts. Flight computers, protractors,  WAC rulers and a full range of basic stationery items are also available. Supplies can be purchased on arrival, or by phone or internet order and dispatched to you at any time.

Contact Brett Adamson for further details or to place an order.

CASA/PEXO Exam Information

There is a considerable amount of information regarding the CASA PEXO Exam system available on the CASA Website. The first information to read is CASA Exams for a general introduction to the system. You can also read CASA exam policies, processes and participants and find out more about CASA PEXO Exams.

7 Subject ATPL Examination

The ATPL examination is made up of seven separate examinations. These are:

  • Flight Planning
  • Navigation
  • Performance and Loading
  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • Air Law

Individual Subject Credits

All ATPL exams are individual examinations. Candidates may choose to sit any number of papers at any particular sitting and be credited with a pass in each examination separately. When all subjects have been passed, a candidate is awarded a pass in the ATPL examination.

Examination Pre-Requisites

The pre-qualification requirements for the ATPL is a pass in the Australian CPL(A) theory examination or a CPL(A) Licence. You will be unable to book an examination unless you meet this requirement.

It is essential for overseas students to contact the CASA Flight Crew Examination and/or Licencing Sections to confirm they meet this requirement prior to booking their CASA ATPL examinations.

Perpetual Validity Period

The ATPL credit once issued, will remain valid indefinitely. This may be reviewed at a later date.

Two Year Time Frame

As of 1 September, 2014 a candidate has two years to pass all seven ATPL examinations to be awarded an ATPL theory pass. More information can be found on CASA’s page Re-training periods and exam windows

Pass Mark Required

The pass mark for each CASA examination is 70%, except for the Air Law where the pass mark is 80%.

Examination Venues

ATPL PEXO Exams can be sat at the following venues-
Adelaide (Parafield), Alice Springs, Brisbane (Archerfield), Ballarat, Barcaldine, Broome, Cairns, Canberra, Cessnock, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Launceston, Mackay, Mangalore, Mudjimba, Melbourne (Highett), Merredin, Mildura, Mt Isa, Nhulunbuy, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney (Bankstown), Tamworth, Townsville, Wagga Wagga and Yulara.

Click here for detailed information on examination venues.

Exam Fees

ASPEQ has a contract for the nationwide delivery of Flight Crew licensing examinations for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). ASPEQ is responsible for the booking and delivery of the examinations through a network of examination sites, while CASA is responsible for the provisions of the examinations through their PEXO Exam System.

The fees for the examination service is split into two parts –

  • CASA Examination Fee
  • ASPEQ Examination Delivery Fee

Casa/Aspeq Pexo Exam Delivery Fees

The CASA examination fees are for the PEXO Exam service provided by CASA via their web-based delivery system. The ASPEQ exam delivery fees are charged for each examination subject required. The fee structure is based around the length of the examination subject as this determines the amount of computer time used to deliver the subject. The fees are shown in the table below.

Subject Exam Code ASPEQ Delivery Fee CASA Delivery Fee Exam Time
Flight Planning AFPA *$127.10 $65.00 3 hours
Performance and Loading APLA *$121.00 $65.00 2.5 hours
Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems AASA *$96.80 $65.00 1.5 hours
Navigation ANAV *$96.80 $65.00 1.5 hours
Human Factors AHUF *$96.80 $65.00 1.25 hours
Meteorology AMET *$96.80 $65.00 1.5 hours
Air Law AALW *$96.80 $65.00 1.5 hours

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  All ASPEQ exam delivery fees are subject to change without notice

When And How To Apply For A CASA PEXO Exam

IMPORTANT NOTE: CASA and ASPEQ PEXO fees are NOT included in our course fees for Full Time Ground School or Distance Learning Courses. If you are attending our Full Time Ground School Classes we have pre-booked CASA PEXO Exam sessions for our students at the end of each subject. If requested, we can book your exam in one of these sessions for you on your first day in class and charge the exams fees to your account. Our pre booked sessions mean you do not need to book your own CASA PEXO Exams for subjects you do in class with us. You must book your own CASA PEXO Exams for any Distance Learning subjects you study.

All CASA Flight Crew Examinations are booked through ASPEQ

CASA PEXO Exams used as credits towards CASA flight crew licences can only be sat in Australia.

Before booking any CASA PEXO Exams candidates need to be sure of their eligibility and timing before making a booking.

You must ensure you fully understand Candidate Responsibilities and you have the required Pre-requisite Qualifications before you book an exam.

In particular, overseas students should note that they must hold a CASA CPL(A) or have a pass in all seven parts of the CASA CPL(A) theory exam to meet pre requisite qualifications for sitting CASA ATPL(A) PEXO Exams.

ASPEQ have a strict policy on refunds and transfers to other sitting dates.

When booking exams candidates should be aware of the retraining periods required after exam failures and make allowances for this. ASPEQ recommend that you do not book for more than three exams at a time to ensure there are no transfer fees or that exam fees are not forfeited.

Excellent Service

At Advanced Flight Theory, we are very proud of our great reputation for providing the very best service possible to all of our students. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding enrolment or would like to arrange a personalised study program. We can also provide assistance with your accommodation and administrative arrangements. You can contact us on 1800 000 767 and we will be very happy to assist. You can be assured that no problem is too big or too small for us to handle with expertise.

For specific questions regarding course content and format, our ATPL(A) course instructor Nathan Higgins, will be very pleased to assist. We continue to make every effort to ensure our course is the most practical and comprehensive available. You can call Nathan at any time – even after hours on 0419 774 136.