ATPL theory publisher, Padpilot, has released its first ATPL theory books for the new EASA 2020 syllabus.
The Padpilot series of ‘2nd Edition’ ATPL (A) books is now available for use by ab-initio pilot training academies and ground schools and can also be downloaded directly from Apple Books.
The digital manuals can be read on any Apple device and are fully compliant with the updated content and Learning Objectives from EASA’s 2020 theoretical knowledge syllabus.
EASA said: “The last significant technical update of the syllabi and LOs for the airline transport pilot licence (ATPL), multi-crew pilot licence (MPL), commercial pilot licence (CPL), and instrument rating (IR) theoretical knowledge courses for aeroplane and helicopter categories was conducted in 2006.
“Given the emergence of new technologies and the advancement of training philosophy, there was a need to review, amend, and update these LOs (where necessary).
“The theoretical knowledge training for ATPL, MPL, CPL and IRs should provide all the necessary knowledge and competencies to prepare pilots for performing state-of-the-art flight operations. The opportunity to review the applicable examination procedures, as required, was also taken.”
EASA has published a detailed explanatory note to the new ATPL syllabus here.
The new syllabus is now in effect, although there is a lengthy overlap period with the old one. Dates for the first new syllabus exams vary between EASA member states, with some Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), for example in Sweden, already teaching the new syllabus with the corresponding new exams scheduled (pre-COVID-19) to begin there in May 2020.
According to EASA regulations, the old syllabus remains valid until 31 January 2022 when the final ATPL examinations will take place. However, the UK has been granted an extension, and the old syllabus will remain valid until the final exams in June 2022.
Some pilot training academies have already begun teaching the new programme, and more Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) around the world are in the process of switching to the latest syllabus in the next few months.