• Minimum age for a licence

    The minimum age to get a CPL is 18.

    Privileges and conditions

    If you hold a CPL you can, on the appropriate aircraft category:

    1. exercise all the privileges of the holder of a LAPL and a PPL.  (To exercise LAPL privileges you will need a LAPL licence)
    2. act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot of any aircraft operations other than commercial air transport  
    3. act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aircraft, subject to some restrictions
    4. act as co-pilot in commercial air transport subject to some restrictions.

    Training Requirements and courses

    Training requirements differ depending on the aircraft category and training route you take.  These are set out in the professional pilot training section.

    However, in all cases, you must fulfil the class or type rating requirements for the aircraft you take your CPL skill test on. For example, if you are taking the skill test on a multi-engine piston aeroplane (MEP) class, you must have met the relevant flight training requirements.

    You must successfully complete theoretical exams and flight instruction at an approved training organisation (ATO).

    Theoretical knowledge examinations

    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:

    • Air law
    • Aircraft general knowledge — airframe/systems/powerplant
    • Aircraft general knowledge — instrumentation
    • Mass and balance
    • Performance
    • Flight planning and monitoring
    • Human performance
    • Meteorology
    • General navigation
    • Radio navigation
    • Operational procedures
    • Principles of flight
    • Visual flight rules (VFR) communications

    You may want  (or be required) to take ATPL and / or Instrument rating level theoretical knowledge examinations depending on the course of training you are taking.

    Please refer to the specific course(s) you are taking for details.

    Skill test

    At the end of training, 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.