The minimum age to get the National UK CPL(B) is 18 and you will need to hold the following medical.
The holder of a UK CPL(B) may exercise the privileges of the licence to fly non-EASA balloons registered in the UK that come within the privileges of the licence and the valid ratings included in the licence.
Training requirements differ depending on the aircraft category and training route you take.
However, in all cases, you must fulfill the class or type rating requirements for the aircraft you take your CPL skill test on.
CPL(B) theoretical examinations are administered by the CAA and have to be taken at an approved centre (see the examination page for further information)
The following Theoretical Knowledge examinations are applicable:
Credit: *These subjects are common with Part FCL CPL licence in another aircraft category (aeroplane or helicopter).
Please refer to CAP 804, Section 5, Part C, Subpart 2 for more information.
Passes in Theoretical Knowledge exams are valid for licence issue for 36 months from date of the last exam pass. All exams are to be completed within 6 sittings, 4 attempts at any one subject and all within an 18 month period from the date that the first exam is attempted (the timeframes defined in Part-FCL.025 are applied).
At the end of training, and when all other requirements for the licence issue have been met, you will need to take a general flight test with an authorised CAA examiner.
Specific experience requirements will apply depending on if you are applying for a UK CPL (B) Restricted or a UK CPL (B) Unrestricted
An applicant for a CPL(B) with privileges restricted to aerial work and private flying must have completed at least 35 hours flight time as pilot of balloons including the requirements of a) and b) below.
a. 15 hours of instruction in flying as pilot of balloons, including:
i) 4 free flights, one of which must be an ascent to at least 5000 ft above the
elevation of the place of departure;
ii) 2 tethered flights.
b. 20 hours as PIC, including:
i) 16 free flights, including one cross-country flight with a landing made at a place
not less than 20 km from the point of departure;
ii) 2 tethered flights.
An applicant for a CPL(B) must have a minimum of:
If you already hold a licence or have flying experience you may be eligible for credits towards the theoretical knowledge training and the flying training for the issue of a licence or training.
Please apply using our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application form (such as ID and logbooks):
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