• Aim

    The aim of the course is to obtain a CPL (A) and an IR (A) so that you can proficiently fly single pilot single engine or multi engine aeroplanes commercially.

    Theoretical knowledge training

    You will need to complete at least 500 hours of theoretical knowledge training.

    This theoretical knowledge course will only be sufficient for attempting CPL (A) and IR (A) theoretical knowledge examinations. If you wish to take theoretical knowledge examinations at ATPL (A) level you will need to complete additional study.

    Theoretical knowledge examination

    You will need to pass the CPL (A)/IR exams as a minimum to demonstrate an appropriate level of theoretical knowledge.

    Requirement Required number of hours Crediting for previous experience
    Total flying training at least 180 hours (not including type rating training); all progress tests can be counted towards the total and up to 40 hours of the total may be instrument ground time If you hold an ICAO compliant PPL (A) or PPL (H), 50% of the hours flown can be credited, up to a maximum of 40 hours, or 45 hours if you have an aeroplane night rating, of which up to 20 hours may count towards the requirement for dual instruction flight time (below)

    The total flying training requirement (above) must include the following components:

    Requirement Required number of hours
    Dual instruction 80 hours, of which up to 40 hours may be instrument ground time
    PIC 70 hours, including VFR flight and instrument flight time which can be flown as student pilot-in-command (SPIC). A maximum of 20 hours instrument flight time as SPIC can count as PIC flight time
    Cross-country flying 50 hours as PIC, including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 540 km (300 NM), which should also include full stop landings at two aerodromes different from that of departure.
    Night flying 5 hours, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction and 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo take-offs and full stop landings
    Instrument time 100 hours, including at least 20 hours as SPIC, at least 50 hours of instrument flight instruction, of which up to 25 hours may be instrument ground time in a FNPT 1 , or 40 hours may be in an FNPT II, FTD 2 or FFS, of which up to 10 hours may be in an FNPT I
    Aircraft certified for at least 4 persons, variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear 5 hours

    Skill test

    Your skill test must be taken after completing the course on either a single or multi-engine aeroplane. You will also need to take the IR skill test on either a single- or multi-engine aeroplane.