You will need to hold a PPL (A) issued in accordance with Annex 1 of the Chicago Convention. EASA PPL (A) licences are issued in accordance with this Annex.
Before you begin the course, you must have completed 150 hours flight time. If you are taking your skill test on a multi-engine aircraft you must have completed the prerequisites for the issue of a class or type rating for multi-engine aeroplanes. More details are available in the class and types ratings section.
You must also hold current and valid theoretical knowledge examinations to at least CPL level.
You must complete your flight training in one continuous course at an ATO.
To apply for a CPL you must complete at least 25 hours of dual flight instruction, including 10 hours of instrument instruction and 15 hours of visual flight instruction. Five hours of the instrument instruction can be taken in a simulator (BITD, FNPT I or II, and FTD 2 or an FFS).
At least five hours of the flight instruction must be completed in a 4-seat aeroplane with a variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear.
You will also need to complete at least 5 hours of night flight instruction, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction, which will include at least 1 hour of cross country navigation and 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full stop landings.
If you hold a valid IR (A) you will be fully credited up to 10 hours towards the instrument instruction time requirement. If you hold an IR (H) you will be credited with 5 hours. The remaining 5 hours must be completed in an aeroplane.
If you have completed the basic instrument flight module, you will be credited the 10 hours instrument instruction time requirement.
You will not need to complete the additional night flight instruction if you already hold a night rating (aeroplane).
You must have at least 200 hours of flight time before conducting the skills test.
This must include the following:
10 hours of instrument flight instruction, of which up to 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FNPT I, or FNPT II, or FFS.
If you hold a course completion certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module you will be credited with up to 10 hours towards the required instrument instruction time.
Hours done in a BITD shall not be credited.
If a multiengine aeroplane is used for the skill test, 6 hours of flight time shall be completed in a multi-engine aeroplane.You may be able to count some other Pilot in Command flying hours towards the 200 hours of flight time required.
These are detailed below:
Apply for a CPL (A) using paper forms
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