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ATPL Distance Education Program


General Structure: Courses are delivered by self-study files via the Internet. The training modules and assessment modules are supplied to you, as well as the model answers, and where applicable the model working. This means you do not have to send away assignments for critique/marking ' you can assess your own progress. Additionally, multiple final practice review cyba-exams are provided to get you CASA exam ready.

Course Costs:  You can buy each subject one at a time if you prefer - see individual course cost schedule below.  All prices include GST.

To enrol for a course, click HERE

Subject Matter: As per the current CASA Part 61 MoS ATPL syllabus.

CASA Examination Cost: Are NOT included in the course costs. Examinations are delivered by computer ('Cyber Exams') by Assessment Services Limited (ASL) on behalf of CASA, with instant results after finishing. To book a CASA examination please go to:

Exam Venue: There are various official locations around Australia.

The CASA ATPL Examinations: There are 7 separate ATPL exams. The subjects are Flight Planning, Aerodynamics and Aircraft Systems, Navigation, Meteorology, Performance and Loading, Air Law, and Human Factors. Pass mark is 70%, except in Air Law, which is 80%. The exams are sat individually, are available on a weekly basis, and examination registration closes 1 week before the scheduled examination dates.

Course materials to be supplied by candidates: Your usual navigation equipment, including a WAC ruler,Circular Navigation Wheel (eg: Jeppesen CR3, CR5), sufficient lined note paper, and a battery powered calculator with square route and memory functions. Also a copy of the B727 flight planning manual for both Flight Planning and Performance & Loading course subjects. Complete ERC High and Low charts for Australia and the AIP complete, CAR's and CAO's. These can be purchased via the web at any of our  distributors.

Specialist ATPL Training: The ATPL theory is the highest level course conducted by my organisation, though BAK, PPL, CPL, and Basic Gas Turbine (Jet) Engine theory products are also produced. Avfacts is a CASA recognised theory provider. Pride is taken in the high standard of tuition given, and the resultant high candidate pass rates for which I am renowned.

You can enrol in any number of subject areas. 

Distance Learning format: This involves you reading the subject texts and answering the assignment questions at your leisure, whether by Internet or paper training manuals. Model answers are also provided. No amount of effort has been spared to ensure you feel confident in what you are doing. The idea is for you to progressively sit the ATPL exams over time, as it suits you. Samples of the high standard of training texts that make up the courses are available at

Individual subject costs

Distance Learning Courses via online website


$175 *


$235 *

Human Factors

$235 *

Aircraft systems

$595 (all training texts and references are supplied with this course).

Flight Planning

$790 (B727 manual and ERC High charts to be supplied by student).


$440 (ERC Low charts to be supplied by student).  


$440 (B727 manual to be supplied by student).  
TOTAL $2910

*There are some study books/reference sources you buy yourself from any pilot supply shop for these subjects.

Practice Examinations: These are provided for all subjects. They are carefully constructed to ensure they are relevant to the CASA syllabus, examination style and depth. They are delivered online as cyber-exams, just like the CASA examinations.

Helpline: This is provided for your convenience by phone or via the email at
I personally attend to any queries you may have, and you are encouraged to use the helpline to save study time.

The exams should preferably be attempted in a certain order to give yourself the best chance of passing on first attempt. Some subjects are best tackled one at a time, while some others may be blocked together. I will give you the advice you need here.

Pass rate: As my previous students will attest, almost all pass each of the CASA exams on first attempt. They enjoy a first sit pass rate that is up to 400% greater than the national average, especially in flight planning, navigation, and aerodynamics and systems subjects. This is largely because of the straightforward teaching method, and abbreviated routines used to cut the time required to get the correct answer where calculations are required. Obviously, I cannot guarantee you a pass, you will need to put in the work.

Exam Credit Validity: Under the CASA PEXO system you must pass all seven exams within two years of attempting the first, or risk having to undertake a re-sit of those over two years old. Completion of all seven topics within the two years allocated, means you hold a frozen ATPL, the licence itself being issued on your gaining the required flight experience. There is a specific flight test required for issue of the Australian ATPL licence.

Requires Internet access for marking. Compatible with PC’s, and Apple Computers and IPAD’s using Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox browsers, NOT Safari

What you will find on this course: Topics are delivered in a simplistic way to allow you to find the correct examination model answer in the least time, and with the least working. I have a philosophy that less working means a reduced chance of errors. I know the easy ways of tackling the typical ATPL type questions, and throughout the courses I will teach you the 'command sense- no nonsense' way of getting marks on the board, especially in the flight planning examination.

What you won't find on these courses: There is no extraneous data presented, only that which is relevant. You do not have to be a 'whizz-kid' to pass this examination, simply dedicated to the task, and prepared to work steadily and diligently through the course material. The information presented is designed not only to assist you passing the exam, but also to prepare you for an airline interview thereafter, especially the demanding technical examination.

Remember: An ATPL pass may get you the airline interview, but only knowledge will get you the job !

Registering for a course: Student bookings are confirmed when the payment for the topic(s) is received. You can enroll in any individual subject. At that time you will be sent your individual and unique access codes to the online course you have ordered. All course fees are receipted, and the course is usually tax deductible for working pilots. For more information on the ATPL courses please contact Rob Avery direct at:  or phone 0467 045 936 

General: The ATPL examination is viewed as a filter for the airlines. Passing it is a pre-requisite before you will be considered for an interview with major airlines, irrespective of the flying experience you may possess.

The ATPL licence is the highest form of licence world-wide, and qualifies you to act as Captain on aircraft up to the B747-400 and A380. Consequently the demands placed on candidates by the examination are understandably high. The ATPL theory should be considered by you as being the first part of your airline command training.

About your lecturer: I started flying in 1975, holding a professional pilots licence, multi-engine IFR, and have been involved in teaching to various leading industry pilot training providers and airlines in the ATPL subject for in excess of 25 years in addition to running private courses such as this. My company (Avfacts) also produces the largest range of Australian BAK, PPL, CPL, IREX, and ATPL practice exams, and produce 'limited Edition' ATPL training texts and which are accepted as the definitive/focused word on the ATPL subjects, and used by some of Australia's premier pilot training establishments to underpin their in-class ATPL course delivery. Unlike the ATPL 'courses' (contact me directly for courses) these are also available at pilot supply shops throughout Australia.


Aircraft manufacturers and aviation industry experts expect around 600,000 more skilled pilots will be required over the next 20 years as travel industry analysis indicates the global pre-pandemic pilot shortage will return shortly after travel demand plateaus at normal levels, with the pandemic only pressing “pause” on the issue.

Once demand reaches pre-pandemic levels, the shortage of pilots will be just as severe, largely due to the airlines offering retirement to older pilots, so when demand returns to pre-covid the shortage could even be more urgent.

Add to this, over half of the active pilot workforce was due to reach the mandatory age of retirement within 15 years, and of that, half of those were expected to retire within 5 years. Other forecasters that predict the airline industry would require 27,000 new pilots by the end of 2021, and 260,000 by 2030.

So perhaps best get on with your studies, so that you are fully qualified for airline entry as the surge in pilot jobs kicks in shortly.

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