The minimum age to get a CPL is 18 and you will need to hold a
Part MED Class 1 Medical Certificate.
If you hold a CPL(G) you can:
Training requirements differ depending on the aircraft category and training route you take. These are set out below.
However, in all cases, you must fulfil the class or type rating requirements for the aircraft you take your CPL skill test on.
You must successfully complete theoretical knowledge exams and flight instruction at an UK ATO approved for Gyroplane CPL training.
Before beginning a CPL(G) course you shall:
As part of the application for CPL, you will need to demonstrate that you have an appropriate level of theoretical knowledge by passing exams in the following subject areas:
*These subjects are common with Part FCL helicopters or aeroplanes (CPL)
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 1st exam is attempted, as defined in the Aircrew Regulation , Annex 1, FCL.025
At the end of training, and when all the requirements for the licence issue have been met, you will need to take a skill test with an examiner.
This is to demonstrate that the procedures and manoeuvres that you will have been taught during training can be carried out competently as pilot in command (PIC) on the relevant aircraft category.
You must successfully complete all of the flight instruction at an UK ATO approved for Gyroplane CPL training.
The theoretical knowledge instruction may be undertaken at an ATO that conducts theoretical knowledge instruction only.
It is a pre-requisite that pilots entering the CPL(G) course must have passed Written Examinations for the Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplanes) or (Helicopters).
The CPL(G) training course will then consist of the following elements:
You will need to complete at least 20 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction, covering the following objectives:-
i. Main Components of a Gyroplane
ii. Primary Controls
iv. Electrical System
v. Piston Engines
vi. Forces acting on a Gyroplane
vii. Rotor Systems
i. Legal considerations
ii. Flight Planning
iii. VFR Navigation
v. Gyroplane Type
You will need to pass the CPL(G) theoretical knowledge examinations.
The Flight training course is divided into 3 or 4 phases, as follows:-
Please refer to Standards Document 44, Appendix D for more details.
Your skill test must be taken after completing the training course.
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.
An applicant for CPL(G) holding a current UK issued CPL(H) or CPL(A) may be credited all of the theoretical knowledge exams with the exception of the Gyroplane Technical and Gyroplane Principles of Flight.
Hours as PIC of other categories of aircraft may count towards the 155 hours pre-course entry flight time, in the following cases:
Holders of a current IR(A) or IR(H) may reduce the requirement for 5 hours by sole reference to instruments to 2 hours.
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):
How to get copies of your documents certified
Please end your completed application form and supporting documentation to the following address: Licensing and Assessment Aviation House Beehive Ring Road CrawleyWest Sussex RH6 0YR
The CAA strongly recommends you use our secure courier service to have your documents returned to you. More information about our secure courier service.
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