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According to FCL requirements for the issue of the ATPL(A), of the required 1500 hours of total flight time, the minimum instrument time shall be…

  • A
    100 hours, of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time.
  • B
    75 hours, of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time.
  • C
    150 hours, of which not more than 75 hours may be instrument ground time.
  • D
    75 hours, of which not more than 20 hours may be instrument ground time.

EASA AIRCREW (Regulation (EU) No 245/2014)
FCL.510.A ATPL(A) – Prerequisites, experience and crediting

(b) Experience. Applicants for an ATPL(A) shall have completed a minimum of 1500 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, including at least:

(1) 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on aeroplanes;
(2) (i) 500 hours as PIC under supervision; or
(ii) 250 hours as PIC; or
(iii) 250 hours, including at least 70 hours as PIC, and the remaining as PIC under supervision;

(3) 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours shall be as PIC or as PIC under supervision;

(4) 75 hours of instrument time of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time; and

(5) 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.
Of the 1500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may have been completed in an FFS and FNPT. Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.

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