Smarter preparation for airline training

Padpilot theory materials support trainee pilots and ATOs with a holistic, thorough and relevant TK theory education during initial training.

When Padpilot was founded in 2010, we’d heard about too many newly qualified pilots starting type-training with suboptimal basic theoretical knowledge. Gaps such as scant knowledge of electrical and flight control systems; not understanding an FMS; and not understanding the relationship between the MCP and the FMA.

We wanted to build modern operations and contextual information into the existing EASA ATPL syllabus in order to avoid situations like, for example, an FO beginning type training knowing to enter the appropriate Cost Index before flight, but not knowing what it is, or what it does, or how it can be manipulated.

EASA 2021 ATPL Syllabus

Failings in the previous EASA syllabus and examination system were all too common. In 2021, EASA released a new ATPL theory syllabus. Much of it is practical, operationally relevant and focussed on commercial air operations. However, there are still some out of date and incomplete study areas.

So, with our 2021 ATPL syllabus book series, we continued to focus and build on the important stuff, filling in the gaps and de-emphasisng the irrelevant. As a result we’ve created a body of professional knowledge that supports partner ATOs to educate cadets – not just to pass the regulatory assessments – but to deliver an education that prepares them for airline training and beyond.

Next generation ground school

Padpilot interactive materials engage students who may otherwise be tempted to simply cram for the exams. Case studies and operational insights from current line pilots add context and relevance. Interactive 3D models help them learn, understand and assimilate more effectively.

With an innovative and career-focused approach, more than 130 partner ATOs and 270,000+ book downloads, Padpilot theory materials create a new educational standard for initial pilot training.