Commercial Pilots License

Find all the information you need here to acquire your CPL

What is a Commercial Pilots License?

This is a combined course, starting off with a Private Pilots License the Commercial student will build hours
towards the commercial license and do more extensive training such as a Night Rating.
 
 
Once all training is complete a Commercial Pilot is entitled to be remunerated for flying done commercially.
With more experience and knowledge, the Commercial Pilot is able start a career in aviation
and continue building their skills and experience in the cockpit of bigger more complex aircraft. 

Types of Commercial Licenses: 

There are four different routes to take on the path to becoming a Commercial Pilot.

Single Engine Commercial Pilots License

 

Training is done on a single engine aircraft and the Commercial License is obtained in the single engine category of aircraft. 

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
  • Hold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot License
  • Hold a Night Rating
  • Show proof of English Language Proficiency
  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time the, 200 hours must include:
  • 100 hours PIC flight time
  • 5 hours PIC by night
  • 50 hours of cross country flying as PIC
  • 5 hours dual in an aircraft with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller.

Exams that you must pass: 

Flight Planning & Performance
Instruments & Electronics
AT&G
Human performance
Air Law
Navigation
Radio aids & Communication
Aviation Meteorology
General Radio Telephony 

Multi Engine Commercial Pilots License

 

Training is done on a single engine and multi engine aircraft and the Commercial License is obtained in the multi engine category of aircraft. 





What are the requirements?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
  • Hold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot License
  • Hold a Night Rating
  • Show proof of English Language Proficiency
  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time the, 200 hours must include:
  • 100 hours PIC flight time
  • 5 hours PIC by night
  • 50 hours of cross country flying as PIC
  • 5 hours dual in an aircraft with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller.
  • Hold a Multi Engine Rating 

Exams that you must pass: 

Flight Planning & Performance
Instruments & Electronics
ATNG
Human performance
Air Law & Operational Procedures
Navigation
Radio aids & Communication
Aviation Meteorology
General Radio Telephony

 

Single Engine Instrument Rated Commercial Pilots License

 

Training is done on a single engine aircraft and the Commercial License is obtained in the single engine category of aircraft. IF (Instrument flight) training is done on the single engine aircraft and a flight simulator. 

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
  • Hold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot License
  • Hold a Night Rating
  • Show proof of English Language Proficiency
  •  A minimum of 200 hours total flight time. 200 hours must include:
  • 100 hours PIC flight time
  • 5 hours PIC by night
  • 50 hours of cross country flying as PIC
  • 5 hours dual in an aircraft with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller.
  • 40 hours dual instrument time (20 hours may be done in an approved FSTD)

Exams that you must pass: 

Flight Planning & Performance
Instruments & Electronics
AT&G
Human performance
Air Law
Navigation
Radio aids & Communication
Aviation Meteorology
General Radio Telephony 

Instrument Rating:
Instrument Rating Procedures Exam
Instrument Rating Exam

Multi Engine Instrument Rated Commercial Pilots License

 

Training is done on a single engine and multi engine aircraft and the Commercial License is obtained in the multi engine category of aircraft. IF (Instrument flight) training is done on the single engine and multi engine aircraft as well as a flight simulator. 

 

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
  • Hold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot License
  • Hold a Night Rating
  • Show proof of English Language Proficiency
  • A minimum of 200 hours total flight time the, 200 hours must include:
  • 100 hours PIC flight time
  • 5 hours PIC by night
  • 50 hours of cross country flying as PIC
  • 5 hours dual in an aircraft with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller.
  • 40 hours dual instrument time (20 hours may be done in an approved FSTD)
  • Hold a Multi Engine Rating
  • 5 Hours IF in a Multi Engine Aircraft

Exams that you must pass: 

Flight Planning & Performance
Instruments & Electronics
ATNG
Human performance
Air Law & Operational Procedures
Navigation
Radio aids & Communication
Aviation Meteorology
General Radio Telephony

Instrument Rating:

Instrument Rating Procedures Exam
Instrument Rating Exam


 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the course take?
  • A PPL can be done in 2 months on a full time basis or 2 years on a part time basis. This all depends on your financials and your own availability. 
  • A CPL can be done in 6 months on a full time basis. 
  • It is advisable when learning how to fly to do it in one go consistently or in broken up stages. Your instructor will be able to advise you on the best approach to this.
Where do we write exams?
  • PPL exams are written at the flight school.
  • CPL and all other exams are written in Midrand at the Civil Aviation Authority Head Office.
Is a Night Rating beneficial to me as a Pilot?

A Night Rating is a Pilot’s first feel for Instrument flying.
While doing a Night Rating, a Pilot is introduced to the basics of Instrument Flying and limited panel conditions.
Without a Night Rating a Private Pilot is unable to advance to a Commercial level. The Night Rating is really the best, next step to take to advance your experience as a Pilot once you have completed your PPL.

Do i need my own aircraft to do the course?
No not at all, the flight school has all the necessary equipment needed to get you from your first flight to your flight test as a Multi Engine Instrument Rated Pilot.
How much does it cost to become a pilot?

This is very dependent on wether you want to become a Private Pilot or a Commercial Pilot. The cost varies with regards to the type of aircraft flown and the different ratings need. Give us a call and we can provided you with the pricing for your specific License Requirements. .

Difference between CPL & PPL?

A Commercial Pilot is entitled to be reimbursed for his flying whereas a Private Pilot is not as a Private Pilot is only allowed to fly in his own private capacity and not in a commercial operation for an income.

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