Advanced Training Program (Modular ATPL)

Iceland Aviation Academy teaches in accordance with the EASA Part-FCL requirements and have approved teaching status from the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration; furthermore, the course syllabus follows that given out by EASA in accordance with pan-European issuing directives for pilot licences.

Graduates will gain the certification that airline companies demand when recruiting pilots to fly modern passenger aircraft.

  • Advanced Training Program (CPL/IR/ME modular flight training)

    ATPL Theoretical Course (Modular ATPL)

    ISK 1.300.000


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  • Overview of Modular ATPL

    • Duration: 24 to 30 months
    • You will be a holder of a “frozen ATPL” ready to apply for jobs
    • Training is conducted in either Icelandic or English
    • Course dates can be found here
    • Course Prices and Fees can be found here

    Iceland Aviation Academy teaches the theoretical (ground) courses of the Commercial Pilots Course on-site. All of the teachers at the school have a wide range of knowledge and experience from all areas of aviation.

    We aim to be at the forefront of teaching and utilizes the latest learning technologies. Students have access to advanced teaching systems and equipment as well as to a fleet of the most sophisticated training aircraft in Iceland. 

    The theoretical courses take place at the headquarters of Keilir at Ásbrú. There you can find first-class teaching facilities, a diverse college life and cafeteria. In the classroom, students study together under the guidance of experienced teachers in a stimulating environment. The location of Keilir also provides numerous opportunities for field trips and visits to businesses that operate in the immediate surroundings of an international airport. Throughout the course, many seminars are held – lead by guest lecturers from various sectors of the aviation industry.

    The course can be completed in around 24 to 30 months. The theoretical courses are two terms long and are taught both on-site and via distance-learning, with the on-site course being taught both at Keilir main campus and practical courses at both Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavik Domestic Airport.

    For those students who are interested in living on campus for the duration of the course, Keilir provides modern yet affordable apartments in family-friendly surroundings. 

  • Admissions Criteria

    • Private Pilot Licence
    • Matriculation certificate or successfully complete the entrance examination at Keilir for English and Mathematics
    • At least 18 years of age
    • First class medical certificate
    • Entrance examination in mathematics: General algebra (fractions, parsing, equations etc.), Geometry, Trigonometric functions, Number line (natural numbers, rational numbers, real numbers), Simple differentiation and integration, Square roots, Logarithms, Simultaneous equations, Set theory, Proportional reasoning (percentages), Simple probability calculations
    • Entrance examination in English: Good understanding of the written language along with the ability to write short essays in English.
    • A criminal record is required when applying for issuance of licence at the Civil Aviation Administration
  • Theoretical Course (Ground Training)

    The theoretical course is two terms long and students are able to commence their studies on either term, that is, in the autumn or in the spring.

    All subjects are spread equally across the two terms with each term ending with school and Civil Aviation Administration examinations in those subjects covered during the term.  In this way, students can better focus on individual subjects and achieve more from their studies.


    • Aviation Law and Air Traffic Control Procedures
    • General Knowledge of Aircraft - airframes and systems, electrical systems, engines, emergency equipment
    • General Knowledge of Aircraft – Measuring instruments
    • Mass and Balance - Airplanes / Helicopters
    • Aircraft Performance
    • Planning
    • Human Performance and Limitations
    • Flight Meteorology
    • General Navigation
    • Navigation Technology
    • Flight Procedures
    • Theory of Flight
    • Communications

    Teaching Assessment and Requirements               

    Assessments are conducted regularly in both the form of short tests and course exams. The minimum pass grade is 75% and examinations are “closed books” (that is, books and other materials are not permitted during the examination).


    Students gain the right to undertake the theoretical Commercial Pilots examinations as administered by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration.

  • Practical Course (Flight Training)

    The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) practical course is defined as 25 hours of flight instruction. At least five hours of these 25 hours must be completed in a four-seat aircraft that is equipped with a propeller and retractable wheels. For students who have completed the Basic Instrument Flight Module, the 25 hours flight instruction requirement may be reduced to 15 hours with the aforementioned Basic Instrument Flight Module being omitted.

    The aim of this module is to train the holder of a Private Pilot’s Licence the skills necessary to be awarded the Commercial Pilot Licence.

    Length: a minimum of 25 hours flight instruction or 15 hours if the student has successfully completed the Basic Instrument Flight Module.

    Before the commencement of the course the student will:

      1. Have been awarded the Private Pilot Licence with a night-time rating in accordance with the ICAO Annex 1.
      2. Have flown 150 hours as a pilot
      3. Have completed training on a two-engine aircraft (since such an aircraft may be used in skills assessment tests)  
      4. Have a strong background in mathematics, physics and English. Students may present their matriculation certificate as proof of ability; alternatively, students may undertake the entrance examination at Keilir.    
      5. Have a first class medical certificate

     Visual Flight (VFR) Training

    • Pre-flight operations, including determination of mass and balance, and airplane inspection and servicing
    • Airports and aerodrome traffic circuit, approach and landing. Use of checklist, precautions and measures to avoid collision
    • Aerodrome traffic circuit, simulated engine failure during take-off and after take-off 
    • Takeoffs at maximum performance (short field and obstacle clearance), short-field landing 
    • Take-offs and landings in normal conditions and with crosswinds 
    • Flight at critically high airspeeds, recognition of and recovery from spiral dives
    • Flight at critically slow airspeeds, recognition of and recovery from incipient and full stalls
    • Flight by reference solely to instruments, including the completion of 180 degree turn
    • Flying over land using visual reference, dead reckoning and radio navigation aids
    • Flying whilst in a state of emergency, including simulated airplane equipment malfunctions
    • Flights to and from airports with air traffic control guidance and over control area (CTA), compliance to air traffic services (ATS), communication procedures and phraseology

    Basic Instrument Flight Training

    • Basic Exercises in IFR training, straight level flight; air speed and power changes,  maintain straight and level flight, turns with 15 ° and 25 ° angle of bank, left and right, turn in accordance to the agreed plan
    • Repetition of previous exercises, also climb and descend during flight, maintain heading and speed, return to level flight, climbing and descending turns
    • Instrument Flight Training – hypothetical flight circuit
    • Repetition of the previous exercises, sharp corners with a 45 ° bank, practice response to unwanted air terminals
    • Navigate in the air in accordance with navigational equipment, VOR, NDB. To fly accurately onto and maintain compass headings (QDM, QDR)

    Teaching Material
    Aircraft manuals and Standardization Manual for each aircraft. Teaching plan for Commercial Pilot exam and flight training in accordance with training book.

    Teaching Assessment and Requirements
    Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course; however the flight instructor will make a final assessment of the student at the end of the course – whereby the student is evaluated against the key skill requirements needed to be awarded the Commercial Pilots Licence.

    Students gain the right to undertake the practical examination as administered by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration.

    Revision/Continuous Development
    Pilots seeking to update or refresh their knowledge and skills in aviation in preparation for taking an assessment test with the CAA are able to do so at Keilir. Pilots are able to book a lesson with a flight instructor who will then prepare a plan of study. 

  • On-site course

    Length: 650 hours. The course must be completed within 18 months.

    The on-site course is taught on weekdays from 0900 to 1600.

    Included in the tuition fees

    • Classroom tuition (2 semesters)
    • 14 ATPL teaching books, Navigation computer, Jeppesen Handbook and additional reading materials
    • Uniform shirt, epaulettes and tie
    • Assessment and support during the course
    • Access to the Moodle learning management system and question bank
  • Multi-crew Cooperation (MCC) & Jet Orientation Course (JOC)

    The Multi-Crew Cooperation and Jet Orientation Course consists of at least 30 hours of theory and 20 hours of flight training in a simulator in addition to extensive self-study, online CBT and supplementary materials. The objectives with the training is for the student to learn how to cooperate in the airline environment while applying general and practical knowledge of aircraft operations and using all resources available to the crew in a line-oriented environment.

    MCC/JOC Information


    Flight training:

    • Instrument Rating (IR) - 40 hours on DA40, 15 hours on DA42
    • Multi-engine piston (MEP) - 6 hours on DA42
    • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) - 10 hours on DA40, 5 hours on DA42
    • Skill test for CPL/ME/IR - 3 hours on DA42