Flexible Hour Building and ATPL Theory Training

Flexible Hour Building

Students that have gained their private pilot licence and have a VFR night rating are eligible to move on to the next stage of modular commercial flight training and begin building their 100 hours as pilot in command and enroll for the all-important Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) theory training.

Here, Pilot Path have partnered with some excellent flying schools in the UK & USA to offer both part-time and fast-track hour building options. When deciding where to hour build, don’t assume the cheapest rate possible is the right way to go. Structured hour building is viewed more favourably at interview and assessment stage with airlines as opposed to ‘fuel burning’.

If you are a part-time student and wish to complete PIC hour building alongside your existing working commitments , we have excellent rates and flexible payment plans over 20 months available on the following aircraft in Liverpool John Lennon Airport:

Piper PA28 Cherokee


For students who wish to fast-track this stage of training, please click below to see our hour building plans in the USA where all 100 hours can be completed in less than 5 weeks.

Why hour build with Pilot Path?

Have a trusted team behind you that has your best interests at heart

Get access to a Designated Engagement Manager (DEM) who will oversee your training

Flexible Payments

Structured Hour Building – avoid ‘fuel burn’

Unrivalled aircraft availability

Experienced Instructors

Extended Trips

ATPL Theory Training

Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory Training

The ATPL theory course involves students completing theoretical knowledge training and examination across 13 subjects which are required for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). For this training, Pilot Path have partnered with none other than the very best – Bristol Ground School located in Clevedon UK. Best of all, when you enrol with BGS through Pilot Path you’ll pay no extra cost and still receive support from our team and your Designated Engagement Manager (DEM) throughout.

Students can elect to complete the training on a full-time or part-time (distance learning) basis. All course material is delivered digitally to students by iPad and students are supported through an online learning management system and, in class, by subject matter experts. Here’s what’s included in your enrolment fee:

£ 2,700
Access to Subject Matter Experts (SME) support the whole way through your course.
Access to administrative support throughout your training.
In class revision weeks.
Free 12 month subscription to BGSOnline (worth over £160)
Free 18-month subscription to BGS webinar library (worth over £290)

Access to Subject Matter Experts (SME) support the whole way through your course

Free 12 month
subscription to BGSOnline

Free 18-month subscription to BGS webinar library

The modular journey to your dream career

Have a particular query around our hour building or ATPL theory training options? Feel free to get in touch below.

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Best option for you


Hours building ensures that as a pilot wanting to fly commercially, you have the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to achieve the level required to pass the CPL and IR skills tests.

At Pilot Path, we coordinate closely with our partner flight schools to deliver structured hour building guides and retrospective mentor support helping you get the most out of this leg of your flight training journey. Hour building is the time spent becoming a more rounded pilot, practising all of the things you are taught during your Private Pilot’s Licence and to learn to fly within the much tighter tolerances found in the CPL & IR skills tests.

ATPL (Air Transport Pilot Licence) training takes place in the form of 13 examinations split over various subjects. This is a mandatory requirement when completing your commercial pilot training and will heavily compliment the ground-based training you have already completed. Your ATPL theory course can be complete in either Hybrid distance and class learning or fully remote depending on the partner school you choose to attend.

ATPL exams are created to check you have the correct level of theoretical knowledge that you’ll need to become a pilot and handle any situation that may occur whilst flying. While some of our students may find the prospect of studying for their ATPL daunting, with the right study materials and support, many of our students pass their exams first time.

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The Ravenair Group is a diverse General and Business Aviation Group of Companies based at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Operations are conducted from the Business Aviation Centre at the General and Business Aviation Area.
The various departments are run by a strong management team who have many years’ experience in general and business aviation. Many have also had previous careers in commercial airlines and the UK Military. The Company is owned by Jeff Nuttall, Managing Director who is retired Airline Captain. Day to day operations are overseen by Wayne Barrett, Operations Director who has previous airline experience in operational and commercial roles.

Bristol Groundschool

Founded in 1992 by ex-RAF TriStar Captain Alex Whittingham, Bristol Groundschool is UK & Europe’s leading specialist in distance learning and training for EASA/UK CAA Professional Pilot’s Licence theory exams. Bristol Groundschool has a stellar reputation in the industry for being the most effective, trusted and manageable training system available. Their caring and professional staff will support individuals throughout their training. Students who complete Bristol Groundschool’s industry-leading courses are prepared for an exciting, competitive and rewarding career in the aviation industry.

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OUR hour building and ATPL FAQS

Frequently Asked hour building and ATPL Questions?

Depending on each individuals ability, schedule, and financial situation, all 100 hours and ATPL exams can be completed in as little as 9 months up to 20 months. Talk to us about our convenient 20 month payment plans for this stage of training.

Your hour building can be completed in Liverpool John Lennon Airport or fast-tracked and completed in just 4-weeks in Florida, USA. Talk to us about our hour building options to find the most suitable option for you!

You will have the choice of flying three different aircraft for your hour building, 

  • Piper PA-38 Tomohawk
  • Piper PA-28 Cherokee
  • Piper PA-28RT

Each aircraft comes with different benefits and pricing options. Our team will work with you on choosing the most suitable option.

Absolutely! You can begin training and taking advantage of support from our team at any stage of your training. Feel free to get in touch with us any time.

Your ATPL groundschool will be completed through distance learning with optional in person revision classes should you wish.

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