• General

    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.

    Flying training

    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 already hold an IR

    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

    If you have completed the basic instrument flight module, you will be credited the 10 hours instrument instruction time requirement.

    If you already hold a night rating (aeroplane)

    You will not need to complete the additional night flight instruction if you already hold a night rating (aeroplane).

    CPL(A) modular experience requirements which must be met before the CPL skills test

    You must have at least 200 hours of flight time before conducting the skills test.  

    This must include the following:

     Pilot in Command (PIC) 100 hours as PIC, of which 20 hours of cross-country flight as PIC, which shall include a VFR cross-country flight of at least 540km (300 NM), in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure must be made.
     Night 5 hours of flight time must be completed at night, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction which must include at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo take-offs and 5 solo full stop landings 
     Instrument

    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:

    • 30 hours in helicopter, if you hold a PPL(H)
      or
    • 100 hours in helicopters, if you hold a CPL(H)
      or
    • 30 hours in TMGs or sailplanes
      or
    • 30 hours in airships, if you hold a PPL(As)
      or
    • 60 hours in airships, if you hold a CPL(As).

    Apply for a CPL (A) using paper forms