What Can You Do with Each Pilot Licence (PPL/CPL/ATPL/MPL)?

Written by BAA Training

On 2022-08-22
pilot licences

There are different categories of pilot licenses available, with each giving different rights and privileges. Some are for professional commercial flying, while others allow one to fly for fun. While BAA Training Vietnam is well-known for quality Type Rating training, it has started expanding its services with Ab Initio (Beginner) training as well. BAA Training, headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, has more than ten years of experience in Ab Initio training, offering courses like PPL, CPL Modular, ATPL Integrated and MPL. Let us find out what type of licenses these courses lead to and if there is anything of interest that either BAA Training or BAA Training Vietnam can help you with.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is an introduction to aviation. This licence entitles you to fly a single-engine piston aircraft (like Cessna, Cirrus, Piper, etc.) privately for leisure. It is the foundation course where you can build experience and knowledge in the early stages of your path as an aviator. It is a great way to experience flying and later progress to a CPL and obtain additional ratings and endorsements, opening up further opportunities.


Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

If you were previously a Private Pilot and went for a CPL, you are now in the process of becoming a professional pilot. With a CPL licence, you can be a pilot on multi-crew air transport aircraft, like Airbus A320 or Boeing 737, and get hired by airlines turning your passion into a career.

You can choose from these two training routes: ATPL Integrated (full-time intensive with no interruptions) or CPL Modular (at your own pace with breaks in between). You also have the option to endorse your licence with a Type Rating. It grants you the privileges to operate a specific type of aircraft you will be flying as an airline pilot.

BAA Training Vietnam offers a complete all-in-one training set, Ab Initio training +Type Rating, after which you will become an airline-ready pilot! Not only will you pay less, but you will have the opportunity to enjoy training in Europe (Lithuania/Spain) and Asia (Vietnam). This way, you will collect essential international pilot experience and training, enhancing your potential for a successful direct entry into the airlines.


Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

Airline Transport Pilot License is the highest level of aircraft pilot certification. To become a Captain with an Airline, a pilot will need to have an Airline Transport Pilot License. The CPL can be transformed into a fully-fledged ATPL after a pilot meets at least 1500 flight hours (or according to a company policy) to be eligible to take the ATPL check (practical test) provided that they have previously completed an ATPL theory.

ATPLMulti-Crew Pilot License (MPL)

The MPL allows a pilot to exercise the privileges of a co-pilot in commercial air transportation on multi-crew airplanes. From day one of the MPL pilot training, students belong to a particular airline. They are fully exposed to that company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) because it is an airline-focused professional pilot licence program with a specific airline and aircraft training syllabus. A substantial part of the training is done in simulators instead of smaller aircraft, where it is possible to simulate certain events, practise threat and error management. Most importantly, it prepares you for airline type operations and procedures from the start to the end of your training.


As you can see, there are multiple pilot licences and different types of training and endorsements. Choose yours depending on your goals, needs and financial situation. There are countless aviation careers available to pilots, and the more endorsements and ratings you have, the more options are there for you. Do not hesitate to contact us directly so we can give you valuable advice and tell you more about how our pilot training courses can help you achieve your goals and dreams.

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